Paris Petridis is a successful Greek photographer, whose work has been widely appreciated. He has exhibited in venues as the Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Mois de la Photo in Paris, the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, and the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow.
Presented photo series titled The Void and the Country is a reflection of Paris’s observations while travelling through Egypt. The project was completed a week after former President Hosni Mubarak’s fall in 2011. The artist’s desolate color images reveal the absence of a human presence in public view, creating a visual metaphor for this abandonment.
"In this light, the paradigmatic revolt of January 25, 2011 was first and foremost the reclamation of public space by its legitimate inhabitants showing a civic awareness and responsibility. It is certainly not accidental that the first public act by the people was to look after the commons —a drop in the ocean under the circumstances, but not without its symbolic significance,” explained the artist.
Well-captured pictures of physical and emotional scars stroll among signs of downright destruction and of uneven progress—both of which are symptomatic of all Middle East countries. Paris Petridis tried to capture slowly healing marks experienced by fragile existence and environment, relating to a present that is anything but resolved.