22 - 31 January 2016
The exhibition included backstage pictures from Theo Angelopoulo’s last movies, and mostly from his latest, unfinished film The Other Sea. The collection of pictures is included in the photo book The Gaze of Eternity published by Topos Books.
'When I started my photographic journey into the Greek mainland, during the late 80’s, I was deeply moved by the work of Theo Angelopoulos. I was impressed by his filmmaking techniques, his long takes, his photography, the music of his films. Unseen Greece, my first album was created around that time. Since then, I had a strong desire to attend Angelopoulos to his shootings and undertake the backstage shooting. I was intrigued to capture through my lens, through my own perspective, what was going on while everybody and everything moved in preparation for a specific shot and so many things happened behind the camera. I’ll never forget his last three movies. During our first acquaintance at lake Kerkini, when he asked me why I wanted to take backstage shots, I offered him Unseen Greece: he flipped through its pages, looked at me, smiled, and went on his job… Until this last portrait I took of him, during that nightmarish evening at Keratsini, the place of his unfinished film The Other Sea.'
Ilias Bourgiotis was born in Athens. He works as a freelance photographer for various Greek magazines and newspapers. He has presented his work in several group and one man shows in museums, galleries, and festivals of photography in Greece as well as the United States, Italy, France, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovakia, Croatia, and Spain. A selection of his photographs is part of the permanent collection of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and Thessaloniki Museum of Photography. For more information please visit: www.iliasbourgiotis.com