When uncube approached Greek photographer Yiorgis Yerolymbos about contributing to our issue, he responded by sending not only this quietly arresting series of images‚ Athens Nowhere‚ that present his home city in a state of ambiguity, but also his own reflections, ruminations and regrets on the current situation of his native country and its capital.
Yiorgis Yerolymbos was born in Paris, France in 1973 and studied photography in Athens and Paris and architecture in Thessaloniki. He holds an MA in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London (1998) and a PhD in Art and Design from University of Derby (2007). He has presented five solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows in Greece and abroad. His work has also appeared in a number of books on art and architecture. Between 2008 and 2001 he taught photography at the School of Architecture, University of Thessaly from 2008 to 2011.
His works include a two-month project in the United States, for which he drove from coast to coast supported by a Fulbright scholarship in 2008. Between 2000 and 2004, he photographed the construction of the Egnatia motorway at its full length of 680km, in Northern Greece. He also worked on the construction of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) that includes the New National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera and the Stavros Niarchos Park in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano.