Motherland

Throughout the past decade the country of Greece has been experiencing one of most turmoil moments in its contemporary history. According to domestic, political and economic experts, the Greek socio-economic crisis is supposedly in decline sending the nation on the road to recovery. Regardless of this optimistic proposition, the effects of the austerity measures are engraved on the cultural, social and spiritual physiognomy of the country.

For the last four years I have been taking the journey from the United States to Greece to continue photographing from the perspective of an expatriate who for the last twenty years has lived in the United States. If my first monograph, America in a Trance is about coming to America due to my family relocation without my consent, Motherland is about coming home. These photographs reflect my experience of a life in a cultural and social flux, creating a tattered dichotomy. This exploration of old and new values, ideals and memories along with past and present histories, mirrors my personal concerns as to where the country is heading. Above all is a lyrical visual anthology in search of a personal identity and assimilation within my homeland. For the last four years I have been taking the journey from the United States to Greece to continue photographing from the perspective of an expatriate who for the last twenty years lives in the United States. If my first monograph, America in a Trance is about coming to America, Motherland is about coming home. It is an exploration of old and new values and ideals along with past and present histories, but also personal concerns as to where the country is heading. Above all is a lyrical visual anthology in search of a personal identity and assimilation within my own land.