Motherland

In the last decade the country of Greece is experiencing one of most, if not the most, turmoiled moments in its contemporary history. According to domestic political and economic experts, the Greek socio-economic crisis is supposedly in decline and the nation on the road to recovery. Regardless of this provisional and sanguine proposition, the effects of the austerity measures that leveled both the monetary and spiritual physiognomy of the country, are conspicuously reflected on the people but also the land. Contemporary ruins from the highly celebrated era of the 2004 Olympic Games, which for a temporal timeframe pridely adorned the city and brought pride to a the nation, if only for an instant, have gone unexploited. For the last four years I have been taking the trip from the United States to Greece to continue photographing for, Motherland. The project aims to offer a contemporary document of Greek society and culture in all its manifestations. It is an exploration of old and new values, past and present histories from the distant perspective of an expatriate.

From the metro areas in the city of Athens and its modern but also ethnically diverse enclaves, to the most remote borders of the country, whether those are near land or sea. Areas which became the landing point of thousands of migrants who unintentionally became the symbol of greek hospitality, despite the occasional reaction of the locals, who in their own way are refugees within their own country. The goal of this project is develop a contemporary photographic document that will equally evaluate all the parameters of the land. For half of my adult life I have lived in Athens and the rest in the foothill of Pennsylvania and I am hopeful that this dichotomy and hybrid background and utter and desire to learn by inquiry is ingrained in these images.