Petros Efstathiadis

Fantasy, freedom and ingenuity are the characteristics that mark the work of the Greek photographer, Petros Efstathiadis. His images are comprised of photographed constructies or sculptures made of the objects (and sometimes people) that he finds at that particular location.

The images first emerge in the form of a sketch, but in the construction phase, coincidence and the presence of materials determine the ultimate image. After the construction has been completed, Efstathiadis records the image in a number of photographs, and then he dismantles the construction again, returning all the materials to where he had found them. The only thing that remains is the photograph.

Petros Efstathiadis creates his work in the small village in northern Greece where he grew up. The village, the environment and its inhabitants are the inspiration for the stories that Efstathiadis reconstructs: everyday life in the village ― the dreams, ambitions, hopes and failures of his neighbours and family members. Although that inspiration is found in a very small area, the themes, subject matter and representations are universal.

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