Vassilis Konstantinou was born in 1979 in Athens where he currently lives. He studied Physical Education and Sport Science in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His involvement with photography began in 2007. Since then he has attended various seminars conducted by Platon Rivellis. He’s studying Photography and Audiovisual Arts in the Technological Institute of Athens since 2015.
Slide shows of his works have been presented at Benaki Museum at Piraeus Street. In July 2012, he participated in the group exhibition “Greek Photographic Forms” during the 1st International Santorini Biennale. In May 2013, he participated in the 2nd International Festival of Art and Creation in Zakynthos and in May 2014 in the group exhibition ”The seas” at gallery Box in Athens.
Project Statement: Southern Province – These pictures are the outcome of a three-year photographic wandering in my place of origin, the provinces of Achaia.
In the context of this wandering, I direct my gaze and lens to things simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar, focusing on the intermediate zones between the past and the present, the old and the new –zones still coexisting in the countryside.This is a photographic endeavour of remapping not only the familiar landscapes of childhood memories –landscapes now in a state of radical transition– but also of the people dwelling in them and cultivating the earth. In Peloponnese, this southern part of Greece (which is also the southern border of Europe), the interesting thing lies in the co-existence –at times harmonic, at times full of tensions– of native people, economic migrants and internal immigrants – that is, young people who left the big cities to experiment with different ways of life.
The place and the cultivation of the land is what binds these people on one level, and yet builds new borders and boundaries between them, on another: borders and boundaries symbolic and imaginary, hence imperceptible. Their co-existence marks the emergence of a place different and uncharted; a bizarre landscape neither beautiful nor ugly, in a process of deep transformation and reshaping –a liminal landscape.
Using the special characteristics of this southern part of Europe as my background, I am trying to capture a moment of the complex everyday life of these people and landscapes, informing the viewer about their specifics and the identity of all the small and insignificant things which construct their reality, while remaining unseen.
I am using a Nikon D610 with a 35mm lens.
My other projects: A landscape project under the title ‘Unintentional Sculptures’. It was realized within the suburban landscape of Attica (Greece), which has gone through a great deal of changes due to the economic crisis. I explored the landscape and decided to focus and highlight the man-made constructions that reveal the economic and building activities of the recent past.
My on-going project is a self-portrait series. It is about my effort to come to terms with me and my idol. I am planning to exhibit this work in the next spring of 2018.
My influences, etc.: In photography – August Sander and Walker Evans. In art – paintings of Pierro Della Francesca. From literature – books of Marcel Proust.