Kostas Kapsianis was born and raised in Athens. He studied photography at the “Photographic Circle”, in Athens, Greece. He is a founding member of the collective “Depression Era/kolectiv8” that inhabits the urban and social landscapes of the economic crisis in his home country.
His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions and festivals, including Mois De La Photo in Paris, Athens Photo Festival, European Month of Photography in Budapest, Medphoto, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and Fotoistanbul. Furthemore, he has exhibited his photographs in Benaki Museum (Athens), Lieu BOZAR-Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels) and several galleries in Europe.
a common story
“a common story” is a journey of return to the Greek countryside, a revival of images that walked out from a simple narration, the narration of the father. Internal migration, images, memories and escape.
Where do we come from? To what extent do we really remember a place we left behind? What finally makes a man from the countryside to escape elsewhere or stay. The one who stays/remains becomes a witness of the past expectations and the current reality
Walking the line between utopia an dystopia with his own individual efforts shapes the landscape. The landscape becomes a land, a land of promise and a forced feeling of ancestry and nostalgia prevails in his narration. Hoping, believing and living by counting absences
Those who remain with the ones who departed share a land(scape) as a reference point of the last image.
To view more of Kostas’ work, please visit his website.