Vasili Vasileiadis | The Other Side (2013)
The Other Side presents the artist’s experience of a foreign city. Operating in the interstice between truth and fact, it explores the intimate and hard to apprehend details that give life its texture, the seemingly mundane moments that create the fabric of our experience. Rather than portray a linear narrative in a traditional sense, this series captures the depth of lived experience, the different ways we situate ourselves and make sense of our world.
Each of the images is taken in close proximity to the apartment in which Vasileiadis lived during his time in Hong Kong. The audience vision of this time is tunnelled, limited to this place. Viewers do not experience the city or its people as ‘facts’, or as a place that has only one story to tell. Instead, The Other Side offers a snapshot of life as it is experienced– oblique, intimate, never quite complete, messy and just out of focus. In the images of clothes hung out to dry, empty staircases and occasionally a partial figure they are invited to share something of this particular experience, to sit with the artist at his window and watch the world pass by through his eyes.
Experience is real but not always factual. Vasileiadis utilises photography not as a mechanism for apprehending truth, but for conveying more abstract senses. The ‘truth’ captured by the images is not documentary or factual. It is personal and emotional, a narrative created by fictions and half-seen facts. It reminds us how much of our lives is coloured by the minutia that happens to catch our eye, the things that hold our attention.
These seemingly insignificant moments are here given centre stage, presented as they were experienced, raw and in the moment, over and over again everyday. The images deliberately eschew the technological capacity of photography to make images more perfect than our body’s ability to see them. Instead, the photographs are rich and intimate, punctuated with imperfections, made human to reflect their subjectiveness. Together they do not form a diary or a single story; they try to replicate a feeling, to share a personal truth with the audience in the hopes of creating a shared understanding.
Pigment prints (40cm x 60cm)