Photos by Lefteris Paraskevaidis.
‘Impending Growth’ refers to the landscape that has been formed in anticipation of growth during the economic crisis in Greece up till now.
A crisis that is now being treated as something that has passed like a wound that has healed, but the results of this return to normality are yet to be seen, and no one knows if and when this will happen at all. As in the myth of Sisyphus that every time it approaches the top something happens and the rock falls at the beginning of the mountain inaugurating a new Calvary. People look like they have adapted to this infinite struggle like living in a loop. One test succeeds another, and every now and then a new sacrifice is required to enable the coveted goal to be attained. People on pause.
Plots and houses that have been transformed into urban landscapes of abandonment. A situation that has reduced misery and deprivation to a normal condition of living. Until the economic growth arrives, this situation of what one would describe as lethargy seems to become permanent. All images were taken in Thessaloniki and Athens where as being the largest cities of the country they absorbed the most of the problem.
“I was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. My love for photography began at an early age on the occasion of the first camera that came into my hands. After completing my studies at the Stavroupoli School of photography in Thessaloniki, my systematic engagement with photography begins. Apart from my professional engagement, I like to work with projects that allow me to investigate and discover the different aspects of everyday life and the behavior of the individual within them as well as the stereotypes that have formed modern perceptions. I am currently living and working in Athens, Greece.”