The show’s title is taken from Homer’s Odyssey. Throughout the epic, Odysseus is described with the adjective “polytropos,” or “many-turning” – a word that evokes both his physical wandering and his mental resourcefulness.  The word resonates with the subject of the single photograph in the centre of the show: a temporary housing structure in Los Angeles, occupied by a homeless man who must continually move it to escape danger or eviction.  The word also resonates with Waplington’s multi-media practice, demonstrated in this show by several small paintings on aluminium – each of which represents one of the monstrous, mythic dangers faced by Odysseus in his wanderings.

 

Athens Photo Festival 2017
Main Programme

[Still Here, Still Now]

Nick Waplington (UK)
Polytropus

Opening: Wednesday 14 June, 2017
Duration: 14 June – 30 July, 2017

Venue: Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday: 11:00-21:00, Thursday: 11:00-23:00,
Friday-Sunday: 11:00-21:00