Photography became a part of my everyday life throughout my childhood in the capital of Greece. My father, an amateur photographer had been documenting every step of my youth, thus making it easier for me to get to know this medium while growing up. During my adolescence he taught me how to use the camera and one year later he passed away. Since then, I’m trying to fill this absence and loss by creating photographic projects around the themes of trauma and pain.
The core of my work lies in the emotional side of traumatic experiences and its effect on the human body and society. Trauma is a psychological injury that in the end affects our society. Through the medium of photography, I come closer to others people traumatic experiences and to my own. By focusing on trauma, the projection of a problematic society is presented to the audience. The goal is to reveal what our society ignores and intentionally keeps in obscurity. Whether the main topic is religion, racism, or a personal story they all reflect to a society with open wounds.
I’m an art photographer and my main tools are found footage imagery from different sources and the method of collage. I manipulate the images both digitally and with my own hands because it is there where I find the freedom to play and to experiment more. Last but not least, I see photography as an object and not only as a print on the wall. Every different material adds a new meaning and most significantly it adds a new experience to the viewer. .
When we look at an image of a portrait our brain
is expecting to see the characteristics of the face.
But in this case our brain stumbles on these images.
It can not function because the portrait is there
but the characteristics are missing.
What do these images evoke to you
and how do you interpret them?
When I was 7 years old, I hid myself in my wardrobe
because I didn't want to go to school. The second
day my mother found me and I had to go back.
I never learned as a child to believe in myself.
How can someone grow up by hiding himself from
the others?Trying to open up can be painful.
You can hurt yourself. Isolation feels safe.
How much do we open ourselves to other people
and how much do we close off? We often create
a labyrinth for ourselves, trapped inside
and try to find the way out.
My work consists of a mosaic of portraits that
through the folding method that I have chosen
to enlist they can reveal or hide aspects of
my personality.These portraits can also represent
one’s self inner labyrinth. I know that
they represent my own.
Commision work the institute of justice
and peace, october to december, 2018
This first photo of the series,safety criticizes
the way in which borders separate Europe from
those who seek refuge. Instead of the more common
image of a hand behind a fence, this one is stretched
out from the viewer's perspective.The switch
in perspective blurs the categories of 'Us' and 'Them',
questioning the very existence of the fence in between.
What if the walls we draw up create more danger
This is a story of a big family celebration.
A story about power and hands. Water,
oil and smoke are three important
elements of the Greek Orthodox baptism.
After that the person loses the freedom
of choosing his own religion.
The project contains more images.
Contact me if you are interested to see more.