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ΒΕΝΕΤΣΑΝΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ ΤΑΣΟΣ, ΒΑΤΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ ΝΙΚΟΣ
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When historians look back at the Athens of today they will discover a limitless source of material. The City might give the impression of being bogged down in a guagmire, but actually it is in a state of constant change. Fast moving under-currents in society are placing it in a new light. In bygone eras the changes to the City were slower physical changes to the architecture and infrastructure but now we can detect a more rapid and constantly surprising, unpredictable evolution through the faces of its citizens.
Now, more than ever, Athens is the perfect backdrop against which to study behavioral change. To do so one must imagine oneself as a miner walking through a dark shaft, shining a torch from side to side. The beam of light reveals flashes of the whole. In these flashes the citizens of Athens appear like characters in a film by Fellini, in which the lights go on and off randomly. At first glance nothing appears to change from one flash to the next: everything seems normal. However, when we look closer, we see that nothing is the same any more. The old has taken on a mournful hue while the new jostles to find a place in the limelight. These flashes are figuratively represented in Tassos Venetsanopoulos' photographs.
When I look at his pictures I feel that I am a member of an audience at a theatrical illusion acted out on a revolving stage. As it did in his pictures of Istanbul, Tassos Venetsanopoulos' gaze falls on the people he photographs in a way that is reminiscent of Henri Cartier-Bresson's Europeans or Walker Evans' portrayal of the Great Depression. I therefore sense, when viewing his work, that I am connected to a rich photographic tradition rooted in social anthropology.
Tassos Venetsanopoulos' penetrating view of Athens shows that the City is truly unpredictable. To the potential frustration of the viewer, he abandons traditional form and artistic framing in order to dig deeper. The faces we see in his work are faces emerging from the depths of urban life into the cold light of day: sometimes they are sombre and at other times cheerful or even erotic, sometimes they seem to be shapes pasted on to the backdrop of a street market or of some graffiti whereas at other times they take front stage like totems or figures in a human forest. In every case, however, they are the backbone of the City. They are the unbroken strand which, despite the ever-changing nature of Athens, retains its cohesion and prevents it from being dismantled. They provide the almost theatrical movement which transforms an apparently barren streetscape into one which is vibrant.
Today's Athens is a metropolis at a historic crossroads. Tassos Venetsanopoulos' vision captures a city ready to welcome something new, something which has not yet taken shape, and which is therefore a source of bewilderment. Athens is currently an uneasy City, whose people find themselves at a junction where they must re-examine the most fundamental questions. They yearn for a new deal of the cards without winners or losers.
By focusing on the subtle and almost invisible inner workings of his subjects Tassos Venetsanopoulos reveals the City's body language, brings the people in his photographs out of themselves and lights them from all sides. In doing so he reveals them as the players in our theatrical illusion - an urban drama. His subjects are true actors in flesh and blood with human forms and desires but in parallel I see them as urban angels or urban drudges mired in the everyday routine of life. I hear what they say and their words remind me of the path that I too have trodden. (From the publisher)
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ΕκδότηςΕΥΡΑΣΙΑ
Σειρά
Χρονολογία ΈκδοσηςΔεκέμβριος 2012
Αριθμός σελίδων132
Διαστάσεις22x24
ΠρόλογοςΒΑΤΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ ΝΙΚΟΣ
Κωδικός Πολιτείας1703-0070
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