Fine Art - 3RD PLACE WINNER: Christos Palios
Conversations, 2014 - Ongoing
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Food serves central components of our lives: it provides social and nutritional sustenance and communicates status in entertainment. A shared meal can designate cultural implications, offer windows into tradition, and speaks to identities and stereotypes.
Today's personal electronic devices have modified the communal experience altogether. Their portability has enabled the entire world to exist in our pocket, ringing and vibrating with urgency in an always-connected era of instant gratification.
The mounting notifications must be addressed as the driving impulse to interact presides over the power to resist. We are often fixated to their screens enough to feel isolated, detached, and out-of-the-loop without them.
Paradoxically, although on the surface the distracting pull of our devices can seem disconcerting, they don’t entirely impede our ability to genuinely be in the moment. As tools, they serve to reinforce our conversations, facilitate planning, and augment our approach to shared experiences. This dichotomy is particularly tested among a setting as intimate and time-honored as the dinner table.
Our technology has permanently secured its presence on the familiar surfaces of our daily lives. They have assimilated seamlessly within textures and objects, routine goals and events encompassing our growth.
This series represents my intrigue with this phenomenon. These anecdotal images are captured from vivid moments shared with family, friends, and acquaintances in Greece and in America.
I was raised as a first-generation Greek-American, a son of immigrants. As strong symbolic sparks, these two distinct and beautiful cultures forged my personal and creative evolution. Socioeconomics, cultural diversity, history, and architecture inform my intellectual intrigue and creative process. My long-term photographic work is rooted in research and probes themes of identity, connection, nostalgia and isolation. My springboard originates in the visual arts, consummated by a BFA from the University of Maryland. For as long as I can recall, photography’s remarkable capacity to communicate ideas and narratives inspired me to embody insight and intent within the frame. My photographs have been exhibited at venues such as Blue Sky Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, Grimaldis Gallery, Candela Gallery, Houston Center for Photography, among others, and reside in private and corporate collections throughout the country and abroad.