Bonjour Ostend. Andrea Shkreli studies the pulse of a Belgian seaside town, with emphasis on summer conditions, whereby people are usually revitalized, and reveal themselves, and tourism intermingles with slothful everydayness. His compositions, either snapshots or seemingly uninhabited scenes, are forceful, with careful manipulation of form, beneficial to viewer’s penetration.
Through this synthesis, an environment is discovered, wherein things are randomly exposed. More or less distinctive social, religious, and racial counterpoints evolve, among which people remain at safe distance, even though they are crammed together. Rational order and precise organization ensure the smooth flow of facts and information, setting up a public space, not always in cohesion, in which visual fallacy sometimes impresses more than the pulsing life.
Good morning, Ostend!

Hercules Papaioannou
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography

Photographer: Andrea Shkreli

Country: Belgium

Bio: Andrea Shkreli (1980). He attended the European Studies of Photography in Thessaloniki and finished his Specialization Degree in Photography at the Academy of Arts in Bruges.
In 2011 he awarded with the New Photographers Prize at the Meeting of Photographers on the Ionian islands of Kithira. Andrea lives and continues his photographic work in Ostend.