A Long Saturday | Yiannis Zindrilis



Yiannis Zindrilis

Open call for emerging artists

Collaboration: esp+ gallery / IEK ESP

Support: Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece, MATAROA

Fujifilm Inkjet Photo-Paper: FUJIFILM HELLAS S.A.

Opening: Tuesday, 10 October, 19:00

In A Long Saturday, George Steiner* borrows the Friday-Saturday-Sunday schema from the New Testament: the death of Christ on Friday, with the darkness descending on earth and the tearing of the veil of the Temple; then there is the uncertainty of Saturday, when nothing happened, nothing moved; finally, the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday. During this long, motionless Saturday, people redefine their values, lose their formed identities and seek out new ones.

Following Steiner’s proposition, in this series of images, the self, like an actor on stage, “encounters its spectators at the exact moment when they meet him, creating a unique osmosis between them, as the self performs a role. The presence of spectators is etched in one’s consciousness and constitutes the self […] meanwhile, the self projects contents of the subconscious and memory onto spectators.

The self, through role performance and assisted by the role’s contours, stages itself, designing a scene, articulating its own discourse, inventing a spectator, an entire audience or even an imaginary community, who bears witness to the self’s endeavour.”

The photographic series “Long Saturday” depicts people who find themselves in crossroads, barren landscapes, inhospitable environments, where road signs underline prohibitions and the difficulty of defining and being in harmony with their surroundings.

*George Steiner was a Franco-American literary critic, essayist, philosopher, novelist and educator.


Yannis Zindrilis was born in Ioannina in 1982. He is a graduate of the Department of Surveying and the Department of Photography and Audiovisual Arts of the University of West Attica. He has attended the seminars “Theory Issues of Visual Arts and Photography” and “On Landscape: Images, Emotions, Politics” at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He is also a graduand of the Postgraduate Program “Photography: Research and Methodology” of the University of West Attica. He participated in the Athens Photo Festival in 2016 with the series Vague Landscapes for the exhibition “Young Greek Photographers”. He has collaborated with newspapers and magazines. Since May 2020, he has been teaching photography courses at the Hellenic Cancer Society. He lives and works in Athens as a feelance photographer.

See More Exhibitions