Photography Series and Book
19 X 27
Photographs: Yannis Karpouzis
Design: Ioannis Markakis
Texts by: Moritz Neumuller, Yannis Karpouzis
Printed by: Kostopoulos printing house
Published by: Empty Square
With the support of Greek Ministry of Culture
Regular cover price: 43€ (+shipping)
Black cover limited (+ small print): 58€ (+shipping)
To order the book send an email to email@example.com
or reach our Distribution Points:
Athens: HYPER HYPO
Thessaloniki: Museum of Photography
Madrid: La Fabrica
Reykjavik: Prent and Vinir
This project was awarded:
The Descubrimientos prize PHotoEspana 2015
Athens Photo Festival Portfolio Review 2016
Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award 2016
Med photo 1
Benaki Museum – Deste foundation – New Museum of New York
Athens photo festival 2017
PH Museum – Which Europe
Photobook Week Aarhus Dummy Award 2018
Photo Bienalle – Thessaloniki contemporary art museum
Each animal is defined by a blow
Heracletus, late 6th century BCE.
Photography’s main shortfall – the inherent inferiority of photographic representation to its real-life counterpart – seemed like the ideal metaphor for a life falling short. The medium’s time-freezing quality, photography’s primary expressive means, perfectly matched the socio-econimcal crisis. In 2011, I started exploring these ideas. The book’s subjects are as frozen in time as their portrayals. They are stuck in a limbo outside the flow of time, waiting to resume their motion but in vain. The square frame describes both their prison and the fragmentary, traumatic circumstance.
Meanwhile, fear crept in everywhere, and Athens had turned into a wasteland. Obliterating a country’s economy takes more than a series of unconstitutional provisions; it also requires heavy police presence, brutal crackdowns, misanthropic ideas disseminated by the Media, adherence to the TINA (There is no alternative) principle, and free rein to the worst social elements, neo-Nazis, infesting the slums with their hate squads.
All these are not present in this book; the reader will have to read between the abandoned billboards.