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Paris Petridis in conversation with Tony Fisher

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Greek photographer Paris Petridis discusses his Peltz Gallery commission treading water and his wider practice with Tony Fisher (RCSSD), followed by a Q&A. 
During the event Paris will present images from previous works. treading water can be viewed now on the Peltz Gallery website. 
treading water (2021) 
Just as in Britain, cold-water swimming has become increasingly popular in the Mediterranean during the pandemic. Accompanied by composer Michalis Lapidakis’ music, photographer Paris Petridis’ haunting video treading water features a series of photos, taken at a single beach in Thessaloniki, of people standing alone or socially distanced in the water. With increasing time spent staring at screens indoors, the imagery of anonymous people gazing at the horizon in a wide-open space is reminiscent of a less turbulent moment. But the artist also reminds us that the beach is not a neutral site, where in the context of 2021, images of people at sea also evoke perilous images of migrants crossing global waters. 
Paris Petridis (PhD) is an artist photographer living in Thessaloniki, Greece. His work has been presented in solo, group shows and Biennials of contemporary art internationally. Author of eight photography monographs, his interests focus on landscape, memory and the politics of space.�He is currently adjunct lecturer at the University of West Attica. 
Tony Fisher is Reader in Theatre and Philosophy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His expertise lies within an interdisciplinary approach to theatre and performance, with research that draws on his engagement with social history and political theory, and his training in European philosophy. His monograph, Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500-1900: Democracy, Disorder and the State was published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press.  

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