The Depression Era Project inhabits the urban and social landscapes of the crisis. It begins as a collective experiment, picturing the Greek city and its outer regions, the private lives of outcasts, the collapse of public systems, the emergence of the Commons and snapshots of the everyday often under the radar, in order to understand the social, economical and historical transformation currently taking place in Greece. It seeks to do so with as clear a gaze as possible. It understands, in its double meaning, that entropy, disaster, uncertainty and insolvency are also states of mind, ushering us to an era where the notion of progress, the idea of growth and the reflex of looking forward to a future are no longer dominant modes of perceiving and creating in the world.
The Depression Era collective was founded in 2011 in order to articulate a common discourse and take a stance against the extreme social, economical and political transformations of the past few years. It brought together more than 30 artists, photographers, writers, curators, designers and researchers – supported by the NGO “KOLEKTIV8.”
MedPhoto is a collective experiment, focusing on documentary photography and its social and artistic impact. It is a low-budget festival which employs activities and curatorial proposals that depict specific aesthetic and political views, sometimes beyond the prevailing methods of presenting a work of art.
Pavlos Fysakis was born in Athens in 1969. He teaches photography at the Focus School of Art and is the artistic director of the Mediterranean Photography Festival (MedPhoto).
He studied photography at the Focus School of Arts. Since 1996 he has worked as a photographer and photo editor in magazines and theatres (Metro, Diphono, Karolos Koun Art Theatre, Gynaika, Kathimerini/K, Epsilon), while he was directing and teaching at the Photographic Laboratory of the Rehabilitation Center 18 ANO of the Psychiatric Hospital of Athens. (2003-2015).
His works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad (Athens Photo Center, Nice Biennale, France, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Cultural Olympiad of Athens, Photo Biennale of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Arles Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, gallery a.antonopoulou.art, CAN gallery, Circulation(s) festival-Paris, Benaki Museum, Apollonia –European Art Exchanges in Strasbourg, Beaux Art Museum, Brussels). His book "Land Ends-Photographing the Edges of Europe" was awarded as the best Greek photographic book of 2010. His works are in the permanent collection of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and in private collections).