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PARIS PETRIDIS (HELLAS)
EN ROUTE / IGOUMENITSA-EVROS

18/2 - 14/3 1998
CURATED BY ELENI TSOUKA
«ETHNIKIS AMYNIS» MUNICIPAL EXHIBITION HALL
ETHNIKIS AMYNIS 9Á / 288-393
MO - FR 10.00 - 13.00, 18.00 - 21.00 SÁ - SU 11.00 - 13.00



Is there any need for yet more photographs about Greece? - is there anything that remains to be said? The little blue tables of the postcards, the Greek Portfolios, the Greece-of-yesteryears - is there anything that needs to be added? What does it mean to photograph provincial Greece today, particularly the border districts? And what 'today' are we talking about? for here the decades commingle, the '50s and the '90s are equally alive.
What are certainly not needed are more memory trips through the provinces ignored by the capital, or more tourist brochures in living folklore. What is missing is the personal vision, the eye that does not merely see but enters into the reality of the place and refashions it. We have not yet communicated, photographically, our personal Greeces, the inner landscapes that are mapped out inside us. This is the kind of journey that Paris Petridis has undertaken, composing an image at once subjective and of the stuff of truth, with photographs that go far beyond the time and place noted in the captions. The image of the television set in the cheap hotel bedroom is more than just a cultural observation: it encapsulates the loneliness of the traveller.
The eyes of the deported Albanians become his own contemplative and melancholic disposition. This journey is a dance, a zeibekiko, like those featured in photographs of riverside Drama: solitary, on a chess-board floor, to a company of empty chairs.

Panos Kokkinias

A native of Thessaloniki, Paris Petridis studied political economy and economics at that city's Aristotle University and at New York University. Since 1996 he has been living in Thessaloniki, where he teaches photo-reportage.