Ilja Niederkirchner

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Greek Dog Days
by Ilja Niederkirchner
"...A noir-ish insight into the effects of the Greek economic crisis on the urban landscape. Really nice work that grows on you in its simplicity and sincerity." - @sunilphoto

" [...] Greek Dog Days, however, goes beyond a mere documentation of the catastrophe. The publication points at its causes, aiming for action, clamouring for a revolution. [...]" - @paulagortazar for @c4journal

/ Greek Dog Days is a shadowed meander through city streets and inter-city roads. Niederkirchner migrates from one desolate scene to the next as if he himself is one of the dogs; vagrant, aimless. Photographs of ghosts of Greece's past follow him as he documents Greece's present. While dark in nature, Niederkirchner’s photographs suggest also the country’s clean slate as it were; perhaps an opportunity for regrowth in a new, hopeful direction.

Wild and dusky with glimpses of affection, the Greece portrayed by Niederkirchner is misted yet razor-sharp. Greek Dog Days invites us on an entrancing and ominous journey; walks past empty shops, as if abandoned, concrete rules over nature while the stereotype of clear blue greek skys is lacking. Only traces of life are present; laundry hanging from windows, but the people themselves are markedly absent. The dogs are unfaltering in their glare, showing their control.

2020 Volumes Award Zürich der Kunsthalle Zürich für Greek Dog Days
Publisher: Replika Publishing
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