A COMMON STORY
BY KOSTAS KAPSIANIS
Kostas Kapsianis was born in Athens.
He lives and works in Athens.
He studied photography at the “Photographic Circle” in 2001.
Kostas Kapsianis is co-founder of the photographic collective “KOLEKTIV8″/” Depression Era”.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 Festival, 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.
''A Common Story'' tells a story about the journey of returning to the Greek countryside in the face of the country's deep crisis. This is a revival of images that came from a simple tale: the story of the father.
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 witnesses past expectations as well as the current reality. He walks a line between utopia and dystopia, with only his own individual efforts to shape the landscape.
The landscape becomes a place of promise, but a forced feeling of ancestry and nostalgia prevails in the narration. Hoping, believing and living by counting absences.
Those who remain share a land(scape) as a reference point for their last image and encounter.