The industrial tomato in Santorini were very active with nine tomato factories in the island.
Opening Saturday, 7 Μay 2016, 19.00, Vlychada Santorini
“Carpe Diem or Seize the day”
SANTORINI ARTS FACTORY (SAF) has the pleasure to invite you to Christoforos Doulgeris’ exhibition “CARPE DIEM”.
The artist will present, especially for SAF, his photographic work, which he has collected throughout the year, taking photographs of the lost and the remaining signs of the industrial tomato in Santorini, registering images of the nine tomato factories which were active in the island. The photographs record images from the past and present of these tomato factories in a theatrical and poetic way. Signs and marks of the past of the tomato industry come back in order to reinstate an artistic dialogue with reality, illuminating its unseen sides.
In the exhibition large-scale photographic prints will be presented, as well as an over-size installation, aiming to convey to the viewers a step-by-step representational image of a tomato factory.
In this series of photos work Christoforos Doulgeris photographs machines out of commission, whose practical role has been replaced to some extent by that of display. They appear for the first time as protagonists on a pedestal, while still carrying important information and morsels of historical memory. Removed from their chain of production, these machines now appear in an autonomous role staged by the photographer among perishable materials and the space that hosts them. In addition to recording reality, the photographer introduces new elements of imagery to bring about a reconstruction. With special lighting and staging as his tools he directs a new role for each machine. He examines the concept of time as he brings the machines ‘back to life’ and extends their operation a bit further.