As the 21st-century navigates the rippling effects of the pandemic, the rise of remote work reshapes the globe. Nia Abernathy's project, "Virtual Borders: Spaces Transformed", masterfully captures this profound change, providing an intimate gaze into the shift in work culture and its impact on urban landscapes and home environments. Abernathy’s lens journeys across continents, transcending borders that were once pivotal to the world of work, but now lay dormant in the era of remote work.
Her approach aims to show how the shift in work paradigms has transformed public spaces once teeming with office-goers into vacant architectural spectacles, juxtaposed with homes that have been retrofitted to accommodate work demands. This seismic shift has not just altered the physical spaces we inhabit, but has also sparked emotional and psychological transformations.
With sensitivity and empathy, Abernathy portrays the often overlooked aspects of remote work – the isolation, the blurring lines between work and personal life, and the subsequent adaptation. Through these striking images, we are made to confront and reflect on these changes that are quietly yet relentlessly reshaping our society.