Christos Simatos
Photography

Opening: Friday 25 August 2017 | 20.30

Duration: 25 August - 10 September 2017

BELLONIO CULTURAL CENTER SANTORINI

Fira Santorini 847 00 Greece, Τ.:+30 22860 24960 - 24962
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:00-14:00 & 18:00-21:00
Sunday - Saturday closed
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The title is a bit misleading because it does not refer to a theoretical question but rather to an inner quest that arises from the effort to interpret my last works. At first, the subject I was trying to depict with my painting and photography referred to an interior architectural space, a man-made construction to isolate and protect man from the environment. A space constructed, imaginary or real which I was searching for many years now, lost in the architectural debris. There, I was struggling to detect the traces of human presence, signs imprinted in space, a sense of a certain activity. I explored long corridors, rooms with weathered walls, windows closed with the scarce light trying to invade the desolate space. There were the cases, however, that a window was left wide open, a glimpse to the outside world. A way out of the isolating interior space. The window frame acts as a boundary sequestering a section of nature, presenting it as an independent picture. It acts as a photographic camera, the only difference being that the film is you. The twin nature of the open window, acting both as a photographic frame and as a gate from the inside to the outside, led me away from the dark interior to the vastness of nature. From the search of cracks that allowed the penetration of scarce light to a shattered interior, I was standing in front of a grandiose interplay of colours, textures and shapes.