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Georgas Vangelis

Vangelis Georgas, a native of Athens, is certainly one of your contemporary Renaissance men – he studied law, political science, sociology, and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Political Sociology at the London School of Economics.
His most significant photography-related accomplishments include the 1st prize of the European Central Bank Annual Award 2007 and 1st Prize of the Award of the Athens Photo Festival 2009. He was one of the finalists of several renowned photo competitions: Photoespana Descubrimientos 2010, Encontros da Imagem-Braga 2010, Foto8 Summershow 2011 and Santa Fe Project Launch 2011.
Edward Said conceived of “the Orient” as an entity constituted by the discoursive practices and literary schemes of “Orientalism”. At the same time he argued against essentializing notions of both “the West” and “the Orient”. He insisted that “there is no such thing as a real or true Orient” and that there is no necessary privilege of an “insider” perspective over an “outsider” one.

Contemporary India is largely still represented in Western imagery as the land of snake charmers and elephants , card-tricksters and mesmerists. Indians are seen as highly susceptible to the influence of legends and gossip. What supposedly grows best in the humid heat of afternoon siestas is fantasy, unreason and lust. Myths, nightmares and fantasies are in the air. As Salman Rushdie has once put it , “the country is itself a sort of dream”.

This excessively romantic approach needs to be reconciled with the realities of one of the fastest growing economies worldwide, with social inequality and deep poverty for big parts of the population.

My images, the product of several trips to the subcontinent since 2008, are fragments of this complex and multilayered reality, a personal documentary of the place and my reaction to its atmosphere.



Untitled 01, from the series No Such Thing as a Real Orient, 2010

Untitled 02, from the series No Such Thing as a Real Orient, 2010

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