Petros Efstathiadis was born in 1980 in Liparò. He graduated from University for the Creative Arts Farnham and lives in his native country, Greece. This year took part in the exhibition ” The ground we have in common” at Gallerie delle prigioni in Treviso, Italy and in the exhibition ‘Über Leben am Land’ at the Kunst Haus Wien. In 2018 the artist was awarded the Prix HSBC and published his first book ‘Liparo’ with Xavier Barral Editions and had a solo show ‘Gold Rush’ at CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery, Athens. Efstathiadis also presented photographs, videos, and a site-specific installation in ‘The Presence of Absence, or the Catastrophe Theory’ at NiMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus, which appeared previously at Izolyatsia, Kiev, Ukraine, in 2016. In 2017 he exhibited work at Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, Foto Forum Galerie, Bolzano, Italy and Plovdiv Photography Festival, Bulgaria. In 2016 his work appeared in ‘Equilibrists’, curated by the New Museum at Benaki Museum, Athens. He has also participated in shows at Serlachius Museum, Finland, Circulations Photography Festival, Paris, Xippas Gallery, and House of Cyprus, all in Athens. Efstathiadis won the grand prize at the ‘Hyères Photography Festival’ in 2013.
Petros Efstathiadis creates sculptures and decors from a varied array of materials that he finds. Once documented and photographed, the sculptures are dismantled and the components are returned to their everyday use.
The only thing that remains is the photograph: images which, once juxtaposed, recompose a fantastical and poetic memory of a place in turmoil.
In this world, transfigured by the photographer’s hand and eye, we encounter codes and images that are familiar or recently discovered: the prison environment and its extreme economy were inspired by the ruins of an old military camp next to his village which was selected to host refugees. Petros uses his memories as a soldier in that military camp distorting these memories with ideas about the future of this place as a prison.