Greek photographer Nikolas Ventourakis deals with contemporary social issues by focusing his gaze on the seemingly mundane. He takes as a starting point the belief that when a situation is too complicated, it is the most unremarkable parts that sometimes hold the necessary information for furthering our understanding. These elements that society takes for granted due to their perceived 'normality' can, when contextualized, or sometimes decontextualized, be used as waypoints on a map that give away patterns that might otherwise remain hidden. In Leaving Utopia, Ventourakis looks with a deadpan view at the social crisis in Greece, asking for explanations from everyday abandoned places, seemingly average faces and long-neglected advertisement billboards.
To learn more about Nikolas Ventourakis and his project Leaving Utopia, read our interview with him.