Samos YoungArtists Festival

ΓΙΏΡΓΟΣ ΜΟΥΤΆΦΗΣ

*1977 Greece

Giorgos Moutafis (b. 1977, Athens) is a Greek photojournalist and filmmaker who has spent the past nine years documenting migration. Using an unconventional photographic practice—Moutafis typically shoots with a disposable $20 camera—the artist has produced pictures of severe humanitarian crises and conflicts in more than 20 places including: Syria, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Kosovo, the Gaza Strip, Turkey, South Sudan, Haiti and Swaziland.

Moutafis began studying photography for the first time in 2006 as part of the 18+ Photography Team. In 2007 he completed his training at the Focus School of Art Photography in Athens and Digital Film Making in SAE Athens. Following graduation, he devoted a large portion of his practice to photographing refugees. As he says, “I was interested by these population movements and I tried to set my goal on the lives of immigrants and telling their story […] I am convinced that no human being will leave home without good reason. War, violence, economic problems and politics are often the reasons why these people leave their homeland.”

For the exhibition A World Not Ours, Moutafis exhibits photographs from his ongoing series Europa, Europa. This long-term project is dedicated to showing refugees landing on Greek islands with the hope of reaching their “Promised Land” of the European Union but also documents the plight of migrants now crossing from Libya and the southern Mediterranean. The artist’s small-scale photographs are presented at the Art Space Pythagorion using light boxes, a technique that highlights the details and immediacy of Moutafis’ images. Moutafis has a way of looking and a way of dealing with sorrow, that is rarely so arrestingly done. It is the combination of black and white, the snapshot-like quality, and the almost accidental way of paying attention that makes these images so engaging. His photos, often vignettes of young siblings or profiles of individuals, poignantly capture one of Europe’s most significant historical moments.

Currently based in Athens, Moutafis’ photographs have been published in numerous international publications including Newsweek, TIME, the New Yorker, Courrier International, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, CBS and CNN. His recent awards include the 2014 Press Freedom Award from Reporters Without Borders, the1st prize at the Young Greek Photographers Contest, and the 1st prize at the Vilnius Photo Festival among others.

 

Από τη σειρά Europa Europa, 2016
Ασπρόμαυρη φωτογραφία σε φωτεινό κουτί
25 x 25 εκ.
Ευγενική παραχώρηση: Γιώργος Μουτάφης

 

Από τη σειρά Europa Europa, 2016
Ασπρόμαυρη φωτογραφία σε φωτεινό κουτί
25 x 25 εκ.
Ευγενική παραχώρηση: Γιώργος Μουτάφης

 

Από τη σειρά Europa Europa, 2016
Ασπρόμαυρη φωτογραφία σε φωτεινό κουτί
25 x 25 εκ.
Ευγενική παραχώρηση: Γιώργος Μουτάφης