"LOVE" - Photometria Awards 2017

Subject: LOVE

Competition "LOVE" 2017


Municipal Gallery of Ioannina/May 2011

Yannis Kontos has gained a significant role internationally in the field of photo documentary and has been honored for his work with 20 international awards. The series ?Amputee life?, which presents the life of Abu Bakarr Kargbo, one of the thousands of maimed victims of the civil war in Sierra Leone and which is exposed to" A-questions", won six international awards among which are and first prize in the category "Contemporary Issues" of top agency World Press Photo, 2006.

As a partner of international agencies Yannis Kontos has traveled to more than 45 countries covering the major events on the planet. Born in Ioannina, is a graduate of the Department of Physical Education and Sport, and the Department of Photography and Audiovisual Arts of the T.E.I in Athens. He also holds a Master's degree from Westminster University in London, while completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Newport School of Art, Media and Design of Great Britain, studies conducted with scholarship from I.K.Y.

He has performed missions in many parts of the world: from Palestine and Israel to the Western Sahara and Sierra Leone, and from North Korea and Indonesia to Iran and Colombia. Among other he has covered the recent wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, the overthrow of the political scene in the former Yugoslavia in 2000, the devastating earthquakes in Turkey in 1999, the anti-globalization demonstrations in Genoa in 2001, warfare for disputed Kashmir in India-Pakistan borders in 2002, the withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon in 2000, the crisis of the pyramids in Albania in 1997, the Olympic Games in Athens, the immigration problem in the US-Mexico border, the Pope's funeral John Paul II, the terrorist attacks in London in July 2005 and the life of the Maoist rebels in Nepal.
Photos, texts and interviews are published in major foreign publications such as: Time, Newsweek, Life, The New York Times, Stern, Paris Match, The Sunday Times Magazine etc. He has conducted more than 30 major exhibitions in Greece and abroad, and has released two albums of Kastaniotis Publishing entitled "A-questions" and "Red Utopia, Photographs from North Korea."
The Yannis Kontos work is an interpretation of contemporary reality that transcends the boundaries of social documentary and simple recording. The title of the exhibition "A-questions", as noted by Penelope Petsini refers to: "The question, from the ancient Greek a-resources, means" insurmountable "and represents a logical contradiction, a logical paradox: Derrida called 'questions' those concepts where what makes them feasible is also what makes them impossible. The concept of responsibility or accountability -a concept closely related to humanism and the photo-ntokoumento- is one of those questions. "

The exhibition "A-questions" refers to a series of images that go beyond documenting global developments in the most critical parts of the world, but suggest the existence of an absurd world. The world depicted observes Penelope Petsini "is a world full of overt or hidden dichotomies: global / local, tranquility / conflict, individuality / collectivity, continuity / change, and so on. From the deserts of Afghanistan to the monumental squares of Pyongyang, the world of Kontos is characterized not by logic or consistency, it is not simple or defined, but characterized equally by progress and setbacks, ascension and collapse. In the exhibition "North Korea: Red Utopia ' are hosted exclusively, around 15 photos from North Korea, one of the most secret and isolated societies worldwide. As reported by Thanasis Moutsopoulos: "The North Korea of ??Yannis Kontos is another world, light years away from our own reality. And this is what makes them such exceptional value: it is a window into a world in which we have not, under normal conditions, no access (to the same logic that NorthKoreans have no access to our own world).Mutual ignorance. The people there have a body of ideas much clearer than ours and, undoubtedly, have many more certainties, but ultimately they are not that different. Against the unexplained (?) persistent belief of Western people in religion or star system, they oppose their faith in Great Leader. »