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From Cambodia and Ladakh in India, to Al Gharbia in the UAE, photographer Yiannis' portrait subjects tell us our common story, that of human beings linked by the very same simple pervasive questions: “Why am I here? What is the meaning of all this?”

For his “Songs for everyone” and “UAE Heritage” collections, Yiannis met people of various education levels and backgrounds who gave him the impression of having found a way to stand still and calmly observe themselves and life around them, transforming their reality into an expanded vivid dream, a tale of consciousness.

"It is a fascinating process to mix old materials, redefine their context and create something new. There are no limits, the possibilities are endless. For me, I soon realised the work always gets really personal. The only way to create a new piece is to talk about personal emotions, fears, dreams, hopes. It has to come from lived experience. I see it as a great form of psychotherapy - only it is in public!"