Paris Petridis

July 1, 2015 - August 2, 2015

En Route, Suez
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
20" x 23.5"

Image © Paris Petridis
$1500

En Route, Sinai
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
20" x 23.5"

Image © Paris Petridis
$1500

Downtown Cairo
2009
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Downtown Cairo
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Cornish, Alexandria
2009
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

En Route, Upper Egypt
2011
Archival Inkjet Print
20" x 23.5"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Entrance Hall, Garden City, Cairo
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Giza, Pyramids
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Greek-Orthodox Church, Sporting, Alexandria
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$3000

Hotel, Aswan
2011
Archival Inkjet Print
28" x 23.5"

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$2000

Kait-Bay, Alexandria
2012
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Motel Room, Heliopolis, Cairo
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
20" x 23.5"

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$1500

Naval Unknown Soldier Memorial, Alexandria
2009
Archival Inkjet Print
20" x 23.5"

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$1500

Necropolis, Saqqara
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
20" x 23.5"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Orthodox Cemetery, Old Cairo
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Shatby, Alexandria
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
20" x 23.5"

Image © Paris Petridis
$1500

Stanley Bay, Alexandria
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Tahrir Square, Cairo
2011
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Terrace, Garden City, Cairo
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Saint Catherine Convent
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
20" x 23.5"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Turgomen Bus Station, Cairo
2010
Archival Inkjet Print
23.5" x 28"

Image © Paris Petridis
$2000

Paris Petridis

The Void and the Country

The Void and the Country is visual travelogue of Egypt as seen through the lens of Greek photographer Paris Petridis. 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 various public spaces, which is not only telling of an oppressive regime but, as Petridis asserts, the debasement of human life in favor of an aggressive, globalized economy. With the January 25 revolution of that year, Egyptians returned to these public spaces to remove Mubarak from power, using this reclamation as an initial step toward taking back the nation for its citizens.

“The work takes a stroll among signs of downright destruction and of uneven progress…Traversing a variety of photographic genres (still life, landscape, architecture, portrait) and operational modes (snapshots or tripod-based views), I compose images which relate the marks left by existence, by movement and by conflict, to a present that is anything but complete.”

Paris Petridis (b. 1960) is a photographer based in Thessaloniki, Greece. He holds an MA in Economics from New York University and a PhD in Photography from the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom. Petridis has exhibited widely, including such 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. He is the author of numerous books including Here: Sites of Violence in Thessaloniki (2012); The Rum-Orthodox Schools of Istanbul (2007); and Notes at the Edge of the Road (2006). His work is included in many private and public collections.