Domesticated: Seeing Past Seduction
January 14, 2016–March 6, 2016
Reception January 14, 7-8:30 PM
Members’ talk Yorgos Efthymiadis 6:15 PM January 14, 2016
Yorgos Efthymiadis photographs guns from various collections. He finds most guns by referrals. He photographs each gun on carpets, chairs, tablecloths or pillows found in the homes of the collectors.
Efthymiadis’ series, Domesticated: Seeing Past Seduction, is featured in the Griffin Gallery at the Griffin Museum January 14 through March 6, 2016. An opening reception with the artist takes place on January 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Yorgos Efthymiadis has a members’ talk on his exhibition Domesticated: Seeing Past Seduction at 6:15 PM. The talk is FREE.
“When [guns] are seen as antiques, their initial purpose is camouflaged. The viewer, allured and captivated, tends to overlook and forget the past, mesmerized by the weapons’ fine craftsmanship, and artistry,” says Efthymiadis. “Yet, just beneath the surface, their artistic presence is haunted by a past that cannot be changed.” he says.
“The history of violence cannot be erased by transforming weapons into inert objects of beauty or works of art,” he says. “Although not visible, the blood, the mud, the fear and desperation will always be there.”
Yorgos Efthymiadis lives in Somerville, MA. He graduated from the School of Business Administration and Economics at the Technological Educational Institute in Thessaloniki, GR with an MBA. Later he graduated from the New England School of Photography with a dual concentration in fine art and architectural photography. Efthymiadis is represented by Gallery Kayafas in SoWa. His work has been exhibited at the Danforth Museum, the Photographic Resource Center, Griffin Museum of Photography, The Nave Gallery, Somerville, Cambridge Art Association, San Diego Art Institute, Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, Photo Place Gallery, Vermont, Flash Forward Photography Festival, Boston, The Fence at Photoville, Boston and SohoPhoto Gallery, NY.