The series “Bombs” by the Greek photographer Petros Efstathiadis, deals with our paranoid contemporary globalized society. Since 9/11 we can’t escape bomb scanners at museums or airports. The threat is everywhere, the self murder terrorist became an everyday reality. A certain religion and origin became synonymous of terrorism.

The bombs Petros Efstathiadis creates (and then photographs) are harmless and absurd. They are made out of soap, flowers, light bulbs or sponges. In fact, his bombs are made only to demine the concept of the bomb. His bombs are like children’s toys, a play that refers to war and terror while being perfectly harmful. There was a period of tension and despair in Greek society as the result of the economic crisis – and in a period of global confusion in general – Petros Efstathiadis’ bombs are a powerful and pacific answer to the absurdity we got ourselves into. Quite explosive in its naivety…

Athens Photo Festival 2015
Main Programme

[Memory Lab]

A European Month of Photography (EMoP) project

Petros Efstathiadis (GR)

Duration: 3 June – 31 July, 2015

Venue: Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annex