Zisis is presenting his multi-awarded and widely published series in a rebundle, and with new material, in order to underline the narrative and lyrical power of the single photograph, as opposed to the journalistic character (wrongly but inevitably) attributed to any series.
In Zisis Kardianos' own words :
"In Limbo" is a visual exploration of the emotional impact to the Greek people, particularly those of the Greek capital of Athens, as the current and on-going crisis has burst into their lives. It is a crisis that started as economic but soon became social and humanitarian and has affected irrevocably the perceptions and the psyche of a whole nation and what was thought as "granted". My photographic exploration is suggestive, taking the pulse of the street that is not longer bustling with commercial vibrancy or even a fake euphoria, as up until a few years ago, but an ineffable mixture of frustration, sadness and anger, penetrates "the every moment" of people’s lives. The "granted" is now taken back, day by day, year after year, and this regression is experienced as a series of painful losses in the form of loss of income, of security, of happiness and of human dignity. "In Limbo" is a compilation of quasi-journalistic images of the past four years, but the stories behind the pictures have been stripped away. My intention was to produce something lyrical rather than informational."
John Szarkowski in the The Photographer's Eye underlines that towards the end of the 19th century, there was a deluge of pictures among which many seemed formless and accidental; nevertheless some achieved coherence even in their strangeness.
At the same time slow films and lenses created two-headed subjects or they filled entire frames with humans' diluted substance.
These errors were forgotten but some were meaningful beyond their futility and enhanced the vision of the photographers … as they looked again at the real world.
Zisis Kardianos knows that one of the learning tools of photographers are their own pictures. And since the heavy photographic plates do not bend our backs anymore, limitless experimentation can only be beneficial if fed back in its own stream.
And maybe one day we'll paraphrase John Dryden "For art may err but … photographers cannot miss"
By Zisis Kardianos
“Photography of place can be said to begin at home, but although this seems obvious, it is a relatively recent area of interest for the photobook. As the medium has become more personal, the near-at-hand has become a more popular subject, closely associated with such issues as memory and desire. Photography at home, although seemingly restrictive, tends to bring out the best in photographers (in the best photographers, that is) since they have such personal and profound connections to their subject.”
— Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, The Photobook, A history vol.3
The photographs of this series are outtakes from my first self-published book “A sense of place”. They suggest a journey off the beaten track where my personal exploration of my native island (Zakynthos, Greece) is shared with you in the hope to leave you with an emotional understanding of the place more than a literal sense of location. Photography, contrary to the common belief, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.
It’s impossible to objectively describe a place or the people who live there anyway. Every adjective suggests the opposite. Every description evokes a contradiction. In trying to document a specific place, to put it into context and to show what it’s really like, we photographers do not easily escape the traps of cliché and stereotypes. I hope that I have done my best to avoid them. Since this is a personal exploration, many aspects of life in the island have been ignored.
I am more of an observer than an intruder. Still, through my photographs, I seek to create a world that is fictional in spite of being made with the raw materials of reality.