Edition of 500
19 x 27 cm
Texts by MoritzNeumuller, Yannis Karpouzis
Empty Square, JUN 2021
Each animal is defined by a blow
Heracletus, late 6th century BCE.
After the year 2010, a destructive financial crisis has struck Greece, dismantling an already wrecked social balance and driving the population into a state of collective depression. A condition of stagnation is ruling the capital city of Athens.The project Parallel Crisis is a creative document that addresses the ways in which the Medium of Photography is capable of describing this socio-economic event. An uneasy affinity develops between the property of photography to produce events of immobilized time and the negation of social time that widespread crisis instigates. What photography is really recording in Greece is a certain condition of numbness: subjects without the possibility of development, crippling unemployment, confined migrants, neighborhoods reigned by silence and fear. In these conditions, the Medium suspends time that has already been stalled. Photography itself is conceived as a metaphor, a mirror of the financial crisis. Even further, the immobilized time of Photography intersects with the negated time of its subjects (referents). Parallel Crisis is in the end a project about a relation. The relation between a social crisis and a still image (a photograph).
Yannis Karpouzis is an Athens and Reykjavik based artist working with photography, filmmaking and text. He has studied at the Technical university of Athens, Copenhagen’s DTU, the Fine Art School of Athens (Master of Fine Arts) and the Architecture school of Athens (Master in cultural theory). He has been awarded the Newcomer film-maker award by the Greek Film Center in 22nd Thessaloniki film festival for the hybrid genre essay film, “Nikos Karouzos: poems on the tape recorder”. His book “The paper time is over”, has been shortlisted for Greek state’s youth literature award and has received the literature youth award by “Anagnostis” magazine. His long term photographic project “Parallel Crisis” which narrates the story of immobilized time during the crisis has received the Descubrimientos prize in PHotoEspana 2015 and the Portfolio Review Prize in Athens Photo Festival 2016. His works have been presented to major Greek and international institutions (New museum of New York – Benaki Museum, Rencontres d’Arles, Contemporary art museum of Thessaloniki, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, PHotoEspana, Magnum agency, MedPhoto festival, Photo-Beijing). He is a member of the Association of Icelandic Artists (SIM).