|STELIOS EFSTATHOPOULOS (HELLAS)
24/2 - 9/3 1998
KOROMILA 1 / 270-636
MO, WE, SA 9.30 - 12.30
TU, TH, FR 9.30 - 14.30, 18.00 - 20.30
Each photograph seems to divide the world in two: into a very small part, defined by the photographic
frame, which describes a specific space or event, and another surrounding it, vast, absolute void, a
place of silence and indefinite time. This division, however, is fictitious. When one looks at a
photograph, the content of the photographic frame extends into the surrounding emptiness: the
spectator is invited to give the space its natural continuity, to assume that which preceded and predict
that which will follow. What is photographed is in the end restored as an instant, a fragment of one
version of "reality". In the work of Stelios Efstathopoulos, this restoration of what has been
photographed is impossible, except in a world inhabited by queer creatures, phantoms and scarecrows.
Moving from the centre of the pictures towards the periphery the description becomes increasingly
nebulous, so that the boundary of the photographic frame is displaced towards the interior of the
picture. Bicycles, carts, horses, tiny witches and giants in pointed hats seem to loom out of the mist
on the streets of a modern city. It is easy enough, of course, to assume that these are scenes from some
carnival, but the form of their photographic representation dictates a different version of their origin.
The photographed scenes are projected onto the surface of the photographic paper as the reflections of
the world around them, an obviously complex photographic device that in the end assimilates
spectators and masqueraders in a scenery dominated by the mysterious.