“In Limbo” is a suggestive personal record of the state of flux and insecurity of the Greek people, particularly those living in Athens, after the on-going economic recession burst into their lives. What began as an economic crisis soon also became a social and humanitarian one, irrevocably affecting the perceptions and the psyche of a whole nation, and tearing through what was for so long and so delusively taken for granted.
My photographic exploration is suggestive and restrained, resisting exploitative poverty porn, taking instead the pulse of the street, not a thoroughfare bustling with commercial vibrancy or even a fake euphoria, but one on which an ineffable mixture of frustration, sadness and bewilderment has penetrated every moment of people’s lives. This project is comprised of images in a quasi-documentary style, but the stories behind them have been stripped away in order to enhance their lyrical aspect at the expense of the informational.
Zisis Kardianos (b. 1962, Zakynthos) has been active as a street and documentary photographer since 1985, working independently as well as on self-assigned projects. He works in series many of which have been published in various national and international magazines. He has studied sociology and photography in the FOCUS school of Athens. His work has been presented in Greece and abroad in various solo and group exhibitions. He is a founding member of the international photographers’ collective BURN MY EYE, an associate member of the BULB collective and a contributing photographer in Millennium Images photo agency. He recently self-published his second book “In Limbo”.