Below I would like to share with you what I captured in bits and pieces, with the camera lens I had with me.
Christmas decoration as "sweet extravaganza", as Aris used to say, stealing the line from a friend. The perfect excuse to play like a child again. To get his little soldiers in line, to remember the childhood fairy tales of the old days and get lost in their magic, to remember his childhood amusement park. To dream of the circus with ballerinas, clowns, wild animals, and acrobats, all of which marched down the street from his house every season. The Circus and Animals ornaments on his Christmas tree revived that dream.
Aris reminisces how huge and glowing his skinny tree was back then yet with rich lavish ornaments, the twinkling lights and Santa Clauses, and himself looking at them, mesmerized, lying on the carpet underneath for hours. The same Santa Clauses he ritually placed on his tree last every year.
This sparkling and dreamlike universe he tries to revive and retrieve every Christmas, increasing the amount of ornaments every year.
As if to bridge the ever-growing gap of time.
Christmas toys not just as decorations but as a ticket back to our first youth, our childhood glimpse.
Recyclable Materials Fashion Show 6 | Multimodal art event: "Creation / Literature / Recycling" Fashion on the theme of Literature and Recycling "The Friends of New Paralia" had their event "New Paralia New Passarella 6 / Recycled Materials Only" Fashion Exhibition on "Literature", held for the 6th consecutive year, in September 2020. The exhibition took place at Bezesteni (Venizelou & Solomou) from 10 to 25 June 2021, co-organized with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Thessaloniki City, as part of the events "June in the Monuments and Archaeological Sites of Thessaloniki". At the same time, in the event a number of my photographsfrom the Passarela events of the "Friends of New Paralia" of the last 6 years were exhibited. The Bezesteni, one of the most important Ottoman monuments of Thessaloniki, was built in the 15th century and was a key reference point of a city occupied by the Turks. The Turkish name Bezesten is derived from the word bez, meaning cotton or linen cloth, and these buildings were primarily markets for luxury fabrics. They were domed buildings with four to twenty-four domes that appeared in the so-called 'classical' period of Ottoman architecture (15th-16th centuries).
The invitation to Bezesteni, a place that has retain it's original use, allows one to see the imaginative artistic creations of the participating designers, to enjoy their aesthetic value, to discover the message and to enjoy the artist-designer's attempt to render his work using recyclable raw materials on a theme inspired by literature. It was a meeting of volunteerism, recycling, creativity, in the bustling landmark site of Byzantine Thessaloniki, in Bezesteni.
Thursday 10 June 18:00-20:00, 2021
"Ασυνέχεια | Discontinuity"
1st Individual Photography Exhibition of Paris Parisis | 2017
In "Discontinuity", my first solo exhibition, I captured the moving body in space - the expression of the body in all its intensity in successive clicks that freeze movement, capturing the instantaneous, the trace in an evocative space, creating asynchrony. The exhibition was held at Defacto café bar in March 2017.
As artist Aris Stoidis notes, "I have known Paris Paris for several years initially as a Graphic Designer and then as a Photographer.
I must admit that I have been impressed by his development as a photographer and his passion for photography.
When he invited me to see some series of his dance photographs, I discerned in them archetypal stories told through the way he sets up his admittedly charismatic model. I saw gestures, expressions, movements that stand out through the spatio-temporal discontinuity of the set of photographic shots, instinctively containing and conveying the elements of the cycle of life. Images that emanate sanctity, conversing with the simplest yet fundamental forces of the visible and invisible world. This is what we saw in his exhibition.
Discontinuous moments, yet connected by an intangible 'string'. The celebration of life and the ritual of death".