25/2 - 14/3 1998
MO - FRI 18.00 - 21.30 SA 10.30 - 14.30

Dimitris Tsoublekas
Suburbia Mirabilis

A concern with death may seem to be something perfectly normal –just as normal as the question "What will I do when I die?" This question serves as the title of the exhibition of the work of photographer Dimitris Tsoublekas and while it may sound somewhat pompous, Tsoublekas' approach to his subject is both humorous and sarcastic. "Will I laugh?", "Will I be alone?", "Will we be together?", "Will I dance?" he asks, as he sets himself in paradoxical situations on the fringes of the city.
Tsoublekas, in other words, appears to be concerned rather with his own senses and sentiments than with the mythology or philosophy of death. He considers death as an inseparable part of life, rather than something fearful and awe-inspiring. He does not aim at psychological tension, nor try to disturb us morally or sentimentally, and this is why his photographs are neither pompous nor stereotypical. He photographs himself and his immediate environment –the area around his own house– and in this way explores at the same time the alien world of the suburb, riven between the natural element and human intervention. The enigma of the homey and familiar creates here a simultaneous sense of ordinariness and uniqueness.
His pictures are always carefully staged, and repose on the idiosyncrasy produced by the fact that he is at the same time behind and in front of his lens, in a manner that lets him both see and be seen. None of his visual documents are fortuitous –all have been selected and studied with great care. What we have here, in other words, is a characteristic case of the "constructive eye". The photographer succeeds in creating a microcosm at once familiar and distant. With minimal intervention on the film and none on the photographic surface, Tsoublekas transforms the commonplace and the ordinary into a magical alternative reality. His youthful and insouciant approach is evident in these pictures, with their luminous, consciously distorted colours that attract the viewer from the first. From this point of view his photographs resemble frames from a video-clip - indeed, they would be perfect for record jackets.
Tsoublekas sets up a visual landscape that is both immediate and strange, personalising and insensibly transforming the objective world into a place unique to himself and fascinating to the spectator.

Katerina Gregou

Dimitris Tsoublekas was born in Athens in 1967. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1987. He studied at the film School L. Staurakou and has had many solo and group shows of art photography.