KOSTAS KAPSIANIS | ATHENS, GREECE
Kostas Kapsianis was born and raised in Athens. He studied photography at the “Photographic Circle”, in Athens, Greece. He is a founding member of the collective “Depression Era” / KOLECTIV8 that inhabits the urban and social landscapes of the economic crisis in his home country.
His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions and festivals, including Mois De La Photo in Paris, Athens Photo Festival, European Month of Photography in Budapest, Medphoto, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and Fotoistanbul. Furthemore, he has exhibited his photographs in Benaki Museum (Athens), Lieu BOZAR-Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels) and several galleries in Europe.
Winner, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016.
What is your work about?
” A COMMON STORY ”
“A common story” is a journey of return to the Greek countryside, a revival of images that walked out from a simple narration, the narration of the father. Internal migration, images, memories and escape. Where do we come from? To what extent do we really remember a place we left behind? What finally makes a man from the countryside escape elsewhere or stay. The one who stays/remains becomes a witness of past expectations and current reality.
Walking the line between utopia an dystopia with one’s own individual efforts shapes the landscape. The landscape becomes a land, a land of promise and a forced feeling of ancestry and nostalgia prevails in this narration. Hoping, believing and living by counting absences. Those who remain with the ones departed share a land(scape) as a reference point of the last image.
How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
I shoot film using a Mamiya medium format (6×7) camera. Film’s performance, plasticity and quality are the main factors for the final result I seek for my pictures. Actually the main reason of using film is time. In analog photography because you can’t have direct result of your shot (as you have in digital photography) you know exactly what you want to do, you got the time to think about the result, and most importantly, you can experience your own mistakes.