Greek- Indonesian photographer Eirini Vourloumis began her career as a contributing photographer for the New York Times Metro section and is currently freelancing for various international publications from Greece, focusing on covering the ongoing economic and refugee crisis. Her current personal work has shifted from pure reportage and combines a documentary and conceptual photographic approach, in which she explores social and political environments to reflect their dynamic within the context of the economic crisis in her home country. Her work has been frequently published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Le Monde, Business Week, and The Guardian, among others.
Since February 2015, more than 850,000-recorded refugees have crossed over from Turkey on the northern side of the island of Lesbos. This work is titled after the book,The Mermaid Madonna by the acclaimed Lesbos born writer, Stratis Myrivilis. The story takes place in the fishing village of Skala Sikaminias, one of the main entry points today and explores the arrival of Greek refugees during the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in the 1920’s. I am examining the historical repetition of mass transitory movement on this coastline, and what role social memory plays in the permanence of landscape and varied states of displacement.