Yannis Karpouzis is an Athens-based artist working with photography, filmmaking and text. He is also a PhD candidate (Ionian University, Royal Danish Academy) in the disciplines of Photography Theory and Aesthetics. He has been awarded the Newcomer film-maker award by the Greek Film Center in 22nd Thessaloniki film festival for the essay film, “Nikos Karouzos: Poems on the Tape Recorder” among other festival awards. His poetry book “Paper Time Has Run Out”, has been shortlisted for Greek state’s youth literature award and has received the youth award by “Anagnostis” magazine. His long-term photographic project “Parallel Crisis” has received the Descubrimientos prize in PHotoEspana 2015 and the Portfolio Review Prize in Athens Photo Festival 2016. His projects explore areas associated with political identities, social imbalance and media aesthetics.

Yannis had solo shows in Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art-MOMus and Hyper Hypo. His work have been presented in major Greek and international institutions (New museum of New York – Deste Foundation, Benaki Museum, Rencontres d’Arles, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Association of Icelandic Artists, Photo-Beijing, Jeune Création, Fluxus Foundation). His work is included in prominent collections like Thessaloniki’s Museum of Photography and Alcobendas’ Centro de Arte.




2022 Parallel Crisis Exhibition

Hyper Hypo – Athens

2021 Parallel Crisis Exhibition

Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art – MOMus

Exhibition and Residency

Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM)

Greek state’s youth literature award


2020 Newcomer – Poetry Award

Anagnostis Magazine

First-Time Director Award

Greek Film Centre

Nikos Karouzos: poems on the tape recorder (101′)

World premiere in 22nd Thessaloniki Doc Festival

2019 Paper Time Has Run Out (poetry book)

Published by ed. Panoptikon

Imperia Obscura – New Greek photographers exhibition

Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and Athens photo festival

2018 The Empty Square of Chris Marker

Master Thesis in Architecture School of Athens

Curatorial work – “Stories of the Darkroom”

Korydallos cultural center

“The Observatory” (installation – Yannis Karpouzis, Yorgos Prinos, Pavlos Fysakis, Yorgos Karailias)

Athens Photo Festival

Finalist – “Parallel Crisis” dummy book

AArhus Dummy Award

2017 Selected Finalist – Parallel Crisis

Magnum Foundation Awards 2017

Curatorial work – exhibition: “Picture Is a Surface”

Korydallos cultural center

Parallel Crisis (exhibition)

Athens Photo Festival

“Grossraum 21C” (installation – Yannis Karpouzis, Yorgos Prinos, Pavlos Fysakis, Yorgos Karailias)

Anti-Documenta 14 action in Athens

Parallel Crisis (collective exhibition: Which Europe)

PH Museum

2016 Video Projections: What if There was a Museum Without Walls

Elefsina 9 transitions: the imaginairy museum

Imperium Obscura series (participation in exhibition)

Young Greek Photographers, Athens Photo Festival

Exhibition Participant: Alien Territory

MedPhoto Festival, Creta

Participant, Parallel Crisis, The Equilibrists exhibition

Deste Foundation, New Museum – New York, Benaki Museum

Parallel Crisis series (solo exhibition)

Madrid PHotoEspana 2016

Parallel Crisis, winning project

Athens Photo Festival 2016, Portfolio Reviews

Finalist, Dummy Book Award (Parallel Crisis)

Les Rencontres d’Arles

“Parallel Crisis” part of collective exhibition

Photo Beijin

Photography Assignments

Financial Times, Le Monde

2015 Scholarship Recipient – Professional Workshop

London Magnum Agency

Parallel Crisis (Shortlisted)

Taylor Wessing Prize, National portrait gallery (London)

Descubrimientos Prize – Parallel Crisis project

Photoespagna 2015

2014 First-Place admittee in Master program

Architecture School of Athens

2013 Full Scholarship Recipient in Film Studies Workshop


2012 Master Degree in Digital Forms of Art

Fine Art School of Athens

2011 Against Αll Οdds Project – Participant

Benaki Museum

Monument for Jean Tinguely (3D animation video)

Animacall – Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art

Exhibition Participant

NOORDERLICHT Photo Festival (Netherlands)

2009 Technical University (5-year Diploma)

National Technical University of Athens

2007 Met with the “Walter Markersen Archive”

Residence in Copenhagen- National Technical University of Copenhagen