The Voice of the Cicada

Our habits and routines reflect our conscious choices
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© Vassilis Vasileiou | The Voice of the Cicada

The way we approach our everyday lives, habits, and routines reflect our conscious choices. The constructed spaces, the human-induced alterations on the natural environment, as well as the objects that we use in our day-to-day activities affect us in a more impactful way than we believe they do. The current situation that we are all more or less experiencing with the pandemic and the restrictive measures that confine us within the limits of our habitat has brought us closer to these small, mundane surroundings and have highlighted this impact. Going beyond the achievement of mere comfort or wellness, these material parameters of our daily existence affect or even generate emotions and feelings, effectively setting up the stage on which we humans play our part. This circle of influence shapes our behaviour, as we are continuously pursuing the ideal living conditions and, eventually, a state of happiness. This project poses questions and reflects on the notion of happiness and envisions our future in pursuing happiness here and now, in scenes and activities lacking heroism and drama, rather than in the promise of few, scarce and elusive crescendos.

© Vassilis Vasileiou | The Voice of the Cicada
© Vassilis Vasileiou | The Voice of the Cicada
© Vassilis Vasileiou | The Voice of the Cicada
© Vassilis Vasileiou | The Voice of the Cicada
© Vassilis Vasileiou | The Voice of the Cicada
About
Vassilis Vasileiou (born 1983) lives and works as a corporate lawyer in Athens, Greece, while photography is an integral part of his daily life and a way to express himself outside the framework of his profession. He is drawn to mundane, everyday life scenes where the boundaries of what is real and what is not start to blend, questioning the way that we perceive our day-to-day routines. Vassilis is a member of the Athens-based photography collective "Camera Work". He has taken part in group exhibitions in Greece. His photographic practice includes fashion, theatre, album covers, and portfolio shootings.

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