Samos YoungArtists Festival

GEORGES SALAMEH

Born in Beirut, Lebanon; lives and works in Athens, Greece.

www.georgessalameh.blogspot.com

Georges Salameh is a Greek-Lebanese artist whose work is predominantly lens-based.

He studied cinema and history of art at University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis in France (1991–1994), and has worked in Greek and international cinematographic and audiovisual productions (1995–2004). Since 1999, he has directed shorts, documentaries, experimental/essay films, and video installations. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and film festivals in Athens, London, Paris, and Beijing. In Palermo, Sicily, he co-founded MeMSéA, an audiovisual production company, where he worked as a producer and director (2009–2014). Maesmak received four prizes in Tokyo, Ljubljana, Tehran, and Thessaloniki. Ti Vitti received a prize in Milan. Since 2011, he has been a co-founding member of the Depression Era project. Since 2015, he has also been working as a curator of the Greek section of The Urbanautica Institute, a platform for contemporary photography.

Apart from his filmic work, the photographic work he has been doing intermittently since 2009 looks into mainly urban landscapes that have witnessed the turmoil or crisis in Greece, Italy, Egypt, Lebanon, and elsewhere, and is based on the notion of sedimentation. He explores the city through the eyes of an urban geologist. He studies and observes different aspects of the city, often wandering the streets as a flaneur, looking for hints of simple human gestures, reconstructing their story by studying their layout. He reconsiders them for new narrative elements, such as the latest social and political changes, ancient and contemporary history, and the poetics of realism and light. The evolution of Athens and other cities is projected from these new 'geological formations' through research extending over time, but also as an insight into radical changes to come.

 

Cavafy, 1999 (detail)
Photography print, 35 x 53cm
Courtesy of the artist