The fact that today there are Grossraums formed, thus there is a war incited, is no worse and no more frightening than other earthquakes of previous centuries. Why be afraid of Behemoth more than Leviathan?
Carl Schmitt, 1939
A response to DOCUMENTA14 in Athens
The writings of Carl Schmitt,the German jurist of the 20th century, denote and rationalize the expansionist eagerness of the ruling class in Germany from a very early period. The strategy of spatial occupation and political aggression led to two world wars and the formation of the Third Reich. Grossraum is the actual area of a state’s dominance, where its interests are expanded. Experiencing such a form of exploitation today, we strongly believe that symptoms reach the same depths with structures and we constitute negations throughout sociopolitical spectrum sharing as an objective the refutation of the very spectrum. Re-using and acting in a public space is crucially important; especially Gini building, historically opposed –symbolically and literally- to all forms of power during the last four decades in Greece. Reclaiming those public spaces is crucial for the strengthening of participatory, cooperative and collective means of expression and action against each imposed Grossraum.
New photo-project. Lialectics and confirmations on the Medioum and the Journal.
the one who tells the truth, lives in a fairytale, smooth the one who tells the lies, blood will fill his eyes —a common saying in Greece
In the past, there were days when people could not approach the life they were dreaming of. At this time, days like these seem to be coming fast upon us.I started taking pictures with the illusion that I would capture and preserve the moments forever, that I would manage to entrap something from the lake of time. Nothing, I thought, could alienate these moments as they turned into photographs. I thought they would remain the same forever.However, as people change, all things change. I was growing and I slowly discovered that my photographs hadn't achieved their goal to hold, to fix the moments. Pictures from my life were turning into a heavy burden—instead of depicting the immobilized past, they constantly reminded me that time is always moving. Project "perhaps a testimony of someone's life" is a diary project, a journal of my life. Through the constant change of "form" and "medium" in the selected pictures, a certain non-stop turbulence takes action in the area of "meaning," a turbulence that accompanies the subject, (the photographer), during his constant aging and moments of strife.
"It's a crisis, yes, but parallel to what? "It is said that photography happens to be the most naïve of all Media because of its intension and cause to immobilize time. That is why photographs are usually beautiful but sad. Read more, here.
YANNIS KARPOUZIS, WINNER OF DESCUBRIMIENTOS PHE15 AWARD FOR THE SERIES THE PARALLEL CRISIS
Powerful color series that portrays the socio-economic transformation experienced by his native Greece in recent years.The disturbing winner work explores photography and the Greek crisis as factors that stop time and life, in this case, of Athens and its citizens.
The jury that awarded the Greek artist has been integrated by the specialists Lorenza Bravetta, Gilles Favier and Markus Hartmann.
The PHE15 Descubrimientos Award recognizes the best photographic work presented in the portfolio reviews organized in the last year by PHotoEspaña in Rosario, Tegucigalpa and Madrid
In addition, the participant also of portfolio reviews, Cecilia Lutufyan, has been selected to attend the next Master PHotoEspaña. Theory and artistic practices taught by PIC.A. PHotoEspaña International Centre Alcobendas.
PHotoEspaña, across an international jury make up experts in photography, have awarded the Descubrimientos PHE15 Award to the photographer Yannis Karpouzis (Athens, Greece,1984) for the series The Parallel Crisis (2010). A work in progress that explores photography and the crisis in Greece, his native country, as factors that stop time. The series shows portraits contextualized in the landscape that reveal strength and contrasts. Characters and locations to which convey a sense of unease .
The award will allow Karpouzis to take part in PHotoEspaña 2016 with a solo exhibition.
«The photographer explains that «a crisis (from the Greek κρ?σις - krisis;) is any event that is, or is expected to lead to, an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community, or whole society. Crises are deemed to be negative changes in the security, economic, political, societal, or environmental affairs, as they occur abruptly, with little or no warning. More loosely, it is a term meaning "a testing time" for an "emergency event"».
«It is said that photography happens to be the most naïve of all media because of its intention, its ability to immobilize time. That is why photographs are usually beautiful but sad. The only time that the camera can reproduce is dead time, time already spent. In the last five years, Athens has dramatically changed; the whole city is transformed into a negative plateau, immobilized in time. The flow of life has changed for its citizens. Their time is not their own, it is a stolen and already used time, reminiscent of the already spent time of photography. Photography was invented in the 20th century to depict the huge flow of information that started to define metropolitan modern life. Today the media are much more detailed and complex in depiction of the topography of life. Nevertheless, photography retains as privilege its biggest disadvantage: Immobilized and spent photographic time is the most suitable canvas to upload our frozen moments, the no-way transits, the junkyards behind our houses, all the people waiting silently to sell their replacements. Photography reaches its poetic destination when it narrates the tale of the imprisoned, of those men whose time was spent the immobilized men. Let´s remember Samuel Becketts character Winnie living with half of her body inside the ground. Continuing nevertheless to move and live», Karpouzis says.
About the artist Yannis Karpouzis was born in Athens on the 6th of June, 1984. He obtained his Civil Engineering Diploma from National Technical University of Athens (2009). In 2006, he moved for six months in Copenhagen (Erasmus program) where he got involved with creative photography. Yannis elaborated his master thesis investigating the role of modern photography and cinema in the history of art. He has traveled to a lot of northern countries with main purpose to get occupied with video and photography (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Austria). In 2009, he was selected to participate in the Postgraduate Program “New Media - Digital Arts” of the Athens School of Fine Arts which finished with an excellent mark(8,43/10). He studied photography for four years next to the photographers Nicos Dimolitsas (Greek Opera House) and Manolis Babousis (Athens School of Fine Arts). In 2012 he attended with the first scholarship the “New School of Athens” film workshop, organized by the, awarded, film maker Athena Tsangari. He gives lectures on the aspects of modern and contemporary photography in the cultural union “Aneresis”. His work has been presented in Magnum professional workshop London 2015, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, The Contemporary Museum of Thessaloniki, Benaki Museum – Athens Modern Art Museum, Athens Photo Festival 2011, Energy Athens (European Center of Architecture) and Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.
This portfolio was presented at the portfolio review within Descubrimientos PHE Week held in PIC.A. PHotoEspaña International Centre Alcobendas from 1 to 6 June 2015. The jury made up by Bravetta Lorenza , founder of Centro Italiano per la Camera Photography Turin (Italy ) ; Gilles Favier , of ImageSingulières from Sète (France ) ; and Markus Hartmann, Hartmann editor and curator of Special Projects from Stuttgart (Germany ) have chosen the winner from among all those participants in the portfolios reviews in Rosario, Tegucigalpa and Madrid.