Peter Zéglis | Gothenburg, Sweden


Short Bio:
Peter Zéglis (b.1983, Thessaloniki, Greece) is a self-taught photographer, currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Holding a degree in civil and infrastructure engineering, he has naturally developed an interest in the transformation of the built environment and the implications it has for the character of the urban public space.

What is your work about?
‘xyz’ is a series of personal observations on form and spatial structure in the Japanese public space. The series is based on a confrontation of the western concept and taxonomy of space as positive/negative in order to ascribe presence, availability, occupation or emptiness. In stark contrast, the spatial concept according to the Japanese culture inadvertently democratises the viewer’s perception and shifts the focus from a materialistic to an empirical point of view. Furthermore, the Japanese notion of space has survived the clash between tradition and modernity and is manifested in a plethora of settings in the everyday life.
The stimulant for these observations was an exploration of the manifold meanings of the concept Ma (間),”Lit. ’empty, gap, space’; the space between two structural parts.”, a notion which further resonates that the Japanese sense of place is regarded as having both a spatial and a temporal component. More than that, a number of terms in the Japanese language are defined in the context of place, including terms that describe social activities and relations, as well as specific roles and identities.

How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
First and foremost, photographing on film dictates a certain attentiveness in the process, which in turn has a significant influence on the intimacy developed between the subject and myself. It becomes harder to kill your darlings, but its limitations are rigid enough that constantly make me question my motives and realign my purpose.

Instagram handle @peterzeglis