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Christos Palios

Christos Palios

Artist Work

"Catharsis", Greece
2014
Archival Pigment Edition Print
42x60"
"Extemporaneous", Greece
2015
Archival Pigment Edition Print
42x60"
"Confabulate", Greece
2015
Archival Pigment Edition Print
42x60"
"Camaraderie", Greece
2015
Archival Pigment Edition Print
42x60"
"Treated", Greece
2015
Archival Pigment Edition Print
23x32"
"Breaking Bread 1 (Benevolence)", Refugee Camp, Greece
2016
Archival Pigment Edition Print
23x32"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

The six images displayed are from a series called "Conversations", where I explore how portable electronic devices have swiftly secured their presence as permanent fixtures in daily life. Paradoxically, although on the surface the distracting pull of our devices can seem disconcerting, they don’t entirely impede our ability to genuinely be in the moment. As tools, they serve to reinforce our conversations and augment our approach to shared experiences. In tandem to a celebration of culture and food, the ideas of consumerism and waste also take shape throughout the compositions. This series represents my intrigue with this sociocultural phenomenon and these moments are captured with family, friends, and acquaintances in Greece and in America. I believe in photography as an imperative and continually evolving visual medium. We live in societies that broadcast a profusion of stimuli – images, news, ideals, stereotypes, marketing and technology – inundating our waking lives and attempting to shape our beliefs. Consequentially, we may feel overwhelmed in the complex tangle of increasing associations. This stark realization has fostered an active consciousness in my views and approaches, ultimately fueling a desire to focus not just on aesthetics, but to embody deeper meaning and purpose in my imagery.

Artist Bio

I was born in Baltimore as a first-generation Greek and am a self-taught photographer based in Maryland. My work probes themes of identity and isolation within urban, industrial, and natural spaces. Inherent in my images I believe lies a confrontation between traditional and modern facets of life. I have exhibited my work locally and nationally. Venues include the the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, MD); Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle WA); Klompching Gallery's Annual "Fresh" Show Online Showcase; and the Houston Center for Photography. My work also resides in several private and public collections throughout the nation including the Museum of Life Sciences (Durham, NC), Linked In (Chicago, IL), T. Rowe Price (Baltimore, MD), Hotel Indigo (Baltimore, MD), and the Veterans Affairs Regional Headquarters (Atlanta, GA). I've been reviewed by publications such as Lenscratch, F-Stop Magazine, Musée Magazine, Baltimore Sun, and Baltimore Magazine.