The artist explores contemporary society’s paranoia about the threat of terrorism, the frustration that young people feel about their expectations and the progressive loss of values. There was a time when the protests in Greece showed the world the rage and impotence of a nation suffocated by the austerity forced on them by the European Union; Athens was literally in flames and bombs were thrown on the streets. Inspired by the situation in his country, Petros Efstathiadis has made a series of homemade bombs from deodorants, bottles, light bulbs and sponges and then photographed them. These bombs are a combination of sculpture and installation, and are like children’s toys; while they reflect feelings such as fear or anger, they are actually completely innocuous. Efstathiadis suggests that everyday objects can be threatening when the population feels cornered by fear of a terrorist attack, and in this context everything can be dangerous. Bombs is his powerful pacifist response to the absurd nature of modern society, which lives in a state of generalised confusion.
Petros was born in Liparo, Greece in 1980. He studied Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK, and now lives in his native country. In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Prix HSBC and currently is presenting the solo show Gold Rush at CAN Gallery, Athens. This year Efstathiadis also presented photographs, videos, and a site-specific installation at NiMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus, which appeared previously at Izolyatsia, Kiev, Ukraine, in 2016. In 2017 he exhibited work at Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York; Foto Forum Galerie, Bolzano, Italy, and Plovdiv Photography Festival, Bulgaria. He has also participated in shows at Serlachius Museum, Finland; Circulation(s) Photography Festival, Paris, Athens Photo Festival, Xippas Gallery, House of Cyprus, all in Athens. His work has been published in Wallpaper*, Monocle, Guardian, and Jeu de Paume. Efstathiadis won the grand prize at the Hyères Festival in 2013.