A study on the nature of photography and visual signification in collaboration with East End festival. Through a large photo-archive that has been built gradually from private collections, we explore past views of the island of Samos and its people in their everyday gestures and expressions.
In photography, as in any attempt of expression, coded meanings emerge through selective procedures that emphasise features while they exclude others. However, there always are elements that elude the intentions, little pockets of randomness that escape the “plan”.
Throughout the 19th and 20th century, for purposes of “hygiene” and “safety”, societies demanded the exclusion of “lepers” in confined spaces outside the city. We chose this kind of space, the old leper house of Κarlovasi, to locate our video installation. We can still see the traces of blue paint on its walls, a practice that was supposed to keep patients “calm”. Taking this “blue-ness” as a starting point we chose to move away from the confinement of meaning , to a wide open space of ambiguity and flux, the space of memories and dreams, of hopes and unknown emotions, vast as the sea nearby.