Vassilis Konstantinou is a Greek photographer who grew up in the Achaia province of the Peloponnese. It is in this province that Vassilis has spent three years documenting and remapping not only the familiar landscapes of childhood memories – landscapes now in a state of radical transition – but also of the people dwelling there and cultivating the earth. The interesting thing lies in the co-existence – at times harmonic, at times full of tension – of the local people, economic migrants and internal immigrants – that is, young people who left the big cities to experiment with different ways of life. The land is what binds these people on one level, and yet builds new borders and boundaries between them, both symbolic and imaginary and hence imperceptible. This is a bizarre landscape; neither beautiful nor ugly, in a process of deep transformation and reshaping – a liminal landscape. Using the special characteristics of this southern part of Europe as his background, Vassilis captures a moment of the complex everyday life of these people and landscapes, informing the viewer about their identity and of all the small and insignificant things which construct their reality, while remaining unseen.
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