Yorgos Efthymiadis is an artist from Greece who resides in Boston, MA, and a board member of Somerville Arts Council.
He was a finalist for the 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and a recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation 2017 Emerging Artist Award.
He has exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston.
Lately, he created a gallery in his own kitchen, titled The Curated Fridge (Crusade for Art Engagement Grant Finalist). The idea behind this project is to celebrate fine art photography and connect photographers around the world. There is a guest curator for every show, which run on a quarterly basis, free of charge.
When describing guns, "peaceful" and "silent" are not words that come to mind. When seen as antiques, though, their initial purpose is camouflaged. The viewer, allured and captivated, tends to overlook and forget the past, mesmerized by the guns' fine craftsmanship. Yet, just beneath the surface, their artistic presence is haunted by a past that cannot be changed.
The memory cannot be purified from the suffering and pain the guns inflict. The history of violence cannot be erased by transforming weapons into inert objects of beauty or works of art.
The guns were photographed in the collectors’ living environment using pillows, rugs, tablecloths and other found objects as a background.