This formative body of work is an examination of the city of Athens and its role as a physical stage for the economic crisis. As Greece has been moving towards change through turmoil and demonstrations, it also has a silent life, an everyday responsibility, which is becoming increasingly hard to deal with. Primarily, Vourloumis is exploring interiors of government buildings and schools to question how these spaces reflect modern Greek culture and character. There is a tangible reluctance and hesitation that she wanted to capture through these settings by showing elements of Athens and its society that may disappear as Greece moves towards change, for better or worse. The locations Vourloumis choses are familiar microcosms for Athenians that have now become the public stage for a forced re-negotiation of Greek identity. Like the people of Greece, these places exist -as the title of the exhibition suggests- in anticipation of their future.
Vourloumis began her career as a contributing photographer for the New York Times Metro section and is currently freelancing for numerous international publications, focusing on covering the ongoing economic and refugee crises. Her personal practice shifts away from pure reportage and combines a documentary and conceptual approach to photography. Vourloumis’s work has been frequently published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Le Monde, Business Week, and The Guardian, among other publications.
A book signing by the artist will take place at the opening reception on May 2, 2018.
Thursday & Sunday, 10:00 -18:00
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 - 22:00
€ 5, € 2,5
Katerina Stathopoulou, an Assistant Curator in the Department of Photography at MoMA in New York