Views From Ex-Patria, Series: Photographing The Unphotographable, concerns global trends of migration and the complex politics of border assertion and control.
Exploring the role of place and its relationship to the transient condition of being in Expatria contributes creative parallels to the notions of expatriation, transience, home and belonging. Transient citizens, (expats or migrant skilled workers like myself) within today’s ease of workforce mobility, face the peril of losing, de-rooting themselves from a place they could call ‘home’, whether willingly or unwillingly. Views from Expatria, venturing beyond the concepts of foot voting, forced migration and refugee displacement conveys thoughts and feelings of expatriation in an auto-ethnographic way and reveals through images the social, political and psychological complexities associated with the global phenomenon of expatriation.
About Yiannis Galanopoulos
Dr Ioannis Galanopoulos-Papavasileiou a.k.a Yiannis Galanopoulos is a Greek contemporary visual artist and university professor. He has participated in numerous solo and group international art exhibitions in Europe, UAE, the USA, China and Japan. His work has been acquired by private and public collections. He has a BFA in Photography and Audiovisual Arts, a Master of Arts degree in Humanities and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Studies. His Ph.D. is photography and expatiation and was awarded by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. Dr. Ioannis holds an assistant professor’s position at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. [Official Website]