Kostas Kiritsis – FICTION/NON-FICTION
Kostas Kiritsis, whose principal medium is photography, has made the book the principal and most significant form of his art. Another recurring theme of his works in the decline of a civilization – our civilization – as if seen through the eyes of someone from a distant future. This vision informed his previous “Civilization” exhibition. Kostas Kiritsis assembles his photographs to create one-off with entire pages filled with images and no letters. They are pieces of visual art sketching the concept of artistic book since they emphatically reveal their conceptual nature and thus are records of work-in-progress rather than finished artistic objects.
Kostas Kiritsis does not create philosophical theories and prognosis. He refers to his personal – and human – experience of the fleeting and transitory nature of life and people; an understanding that within decades the surrounding will inevitable become totally different from what we know now. The “Angels” series, a poignant treatise on departure, is the artist’s farewell to his life in Poland and Warsaw studio before resettling to America. The “Tabula rasa” series was inspired by the problem he had with his own library for which he could not find a new home before leaving. Having observed dramatic changes in his lifetime, he is actually aware that the future may well exceed our imagination and change beyond comprehension.
Kostas Kiritsis was born in 1962 in Szczecin. He studied at the Technical University in Szczecin (1980-1986) and School of Visual arts in New York (1992-1995). In addition to his artistic career, he is also involved in art education and conducts photography workshops for children and students , also at the School of Visual Arts in New York.