• The Observatory (collective)

    The Observatory is a construction within a construction, a mechanism that bridges proximity with distance, a switch between passive and active control, an attempt to defamiliarize the bearer of representation in order to regain its content, an experience of reflected gaze, an experiment of reverse reconstitution of the photographic act. 
    Welcome to The Observatory of the new social reality’s subjects.

    ©Yorgos Karailias, Yannis Karpouzis, Yorgos Prinos, Pavlos Fysakis
  • Grossraum C21 (collective)

    The writings of Carl Schmitt, the German jurist of the 20th century, denote and rationalize the expansionist eagerness of the ruling class in Germany from a very early period. The strategy of spatial occupation and political aggression led to two world wars and the formation of the Third Reich. Grossraum is the actual area of a state’s dominance, where its interests are expanded. It constitutes the network of influence, the practice of legislation, the possibility of imposing a state of emergency. Considering the current dominant situation, the European Union is a form of capitalist totalitarianism, totally conforming to the shcmittian approach: crisis is no more than an unexpected state of emergency unfolding in neutral time, forced upon peoples by the dominant elites through financial institutions.

    It surely seems naïve and unhistorical to compare the expansionist policies of the Third Reich with today’s Bundestag and European bank policies. However, it is as much unhistorical –indeed, it is a dominant ideology- to conceal that both a war with bombs and a war with banks derive from the same doctrine, the great area; that the actual occupation of land and the occupation of technological, legislative, financial “lands” are the outcome of the same economic model, the one that separates people in classes.

    We should have in mind, of course, that the networks of capitalistic and spectacle flux are more than ever global and, at a certain extent, intangible. A hundred years ago, it was Schmitt who cited the American Monroe Doctrine and its concept of “non-intervention” in the American Raum. He was the one who saw the Monroe Doctrine as the first implemented Grossraum. “This is the core of the original Monroe Doctrine, a genuine Grossraum principle, namely the union of politically awakened people, a political idea and, on the basis of this idea, a politically dominant Grossraum excluding foreign intervention.” New world order imposes itself through war, biotechnology, banks, nationalistic groups and politics, unemployment, dominant culture, prisons, concentration camps, control, states.

    Experiencing such a form of exploitation today, we strongly believe that symptoms reach the same depths with structures and we constitute negations throughout sociopolitical spectrum sharing as an objective the refutation of the very spectrum. Re-using and acting in a public space is crucially important; especially Gini building, historically opposed –symbolically and literally- to all forms of power during the last four decades in Greece. Reclaiming those public spaces is crucial for the strengthening of participatory, cooperative and collective means of expression and action against each imposed Grossraum.

     ©Yorgos Karailias, Yannis Karpouzis, Yorgos Prinos, Pavlos Fysakis

  • in their Dark Places

    At the antipodes of the project EstrangeR, which focused on the displacement and the processes of dissociation and alienation, the series in their Dark Places is a homage to everyday people who have offered me human shelter. A kind of sanctuary with appropriated though inverted pictorial values of the typical Orthodox religious paintings, including the replacement of the "sacred article" for an object that the portrayed would save from their homes in case of expulsion and urgent evacuation. A fictional context was created as a reflection on the new reality of the "desahucios" in contemporary Spain, the official evictions due to bank debts, a kind of simulation where People grasp the essential, trying to stand still inside their own Dark Places.
  • EstrangeR

    EstrangeR is the imprint of four years' experience as a voluntary immigrant from Greece to Spain. The broad area of two geographically opposite European borders and part of the in-between continent form the stage of this incomplete transitional route, which is attuned in a way to the recent critical situation in Europe and the fissured coherence of its common project.
    The body of images consists of three parts; their different photographic approach serve as an index of the subjective psychological changes that lay behind the photographic act, but at the same time as ex-post narrative junctures of dispersed visual traces of life.
  • Universal States

    A European that has never previously been to the USA still knows a lot about the country’s highlights, especially when talking about New York and the legendary Far West. A vast number of visual fragments and stereotypes have already formed a solid imaginary via the U.S. cultural hegemony and its universal communication channels. But how do real things look like? At which point is it possible to disassociate the myth, the virtual and the expectations they generate from what really exists beyond the symbolic realm?
  • boaTmen

    The funeral offices in Greece, numerous and fully integrated in modern commercialized society, look at first sight like any company with legal action and public exposure. However these "shops" are differentiated mainly on the symbolic level, as a sort of ultimate boundary between the society of the living and the realm of the dead, reflected in their functional and aesthetical organization.
    This photographic investigation is also focusing on people working in the funeral offices and on the atypical conditions of their work, mostly at the limits of social prejudice and superstition, in a daily context of partial isolation and endless wait.