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Sondheim Finalists 2016: Christos Palios explores consumption and conservation in Greece's past and present

Sondheim Finalists 2016: Christos Palios explores consumption and conservation in Greece's past and present

Littered with fish bones, ashtrays, and car keys, the photographs in Christos Palios’s series “Conversations” seem like a less utopian version of a food blogger’s Instagram feed. These cluttered tabletops appear more authentic than the painstakingly staged photographs we scroll through on our phones. Here, the linens are dirty, the napkins are crumpled, and the food is half-eaten.

The series recalls the work of Daniel Spoerri, founding member of Nouveau Réalisme, an artistic movement that originated in 1960s France. Spoerri famously fixed the remnants of meals to their bases—tablecloths, plates, half-smoked cigarettes, and all. He would then hang...

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