|IANNIS THEODOROPOULOS (HELLAS)
PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER OF THESSALONIKI
In the winters I used to go to Marathon, to the deserted Schinia beach beside the pines, sometimes to
run and sometimes just to look at the sea. My way took me past the greenhouses. I began to be
interested in their shape, and in how they were built. I returned again and again to the greenhouses,
approaching them by different by-ways and always discovering something new. Eventually I began to
be interested in their interior, that luminous vault, a spatial dimension enclosing landscapes. These
landscapes may be cultivated, or they may be forgotten places, where nature under the plastic vault
has begun to re-assert her sovereignty. Perhaps it is modern man's strange relation with "nature" that
creates a cultural tension and an undefined visual satisfaction, through our desire to enclose each
separate "landscape", in search of practical or psychological protection through art.
Iannis Theodoropoulos was born in Athens in 1962. He studied photography at the FOCUS School,
and is now a post-graduate student in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has
taken part in numerous group exhibitions, and has also presented his work in a solo exhibition at the
Athens Municipal Cultural Centre in 1993.