Body - NOMINEE: ioanna Natsikou
Filter Object Series
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“Filter Object Series” question our stereotypical perceptions of the female representation. Drawing a thin line between the familiar and the unfamiliar, the imagined and the real, fantasy and representation was part of a self conscious process. Tactility, visual puns, light and color are combined to trigger fantasy and ambiguity.
These portraits are conceived as ephemeral constructions of identities. Objects, roles and clichés are combined in a multilayered exploration displacing the viewer’s expectations of everyday reality. Ordinary found objects of popular and consumer culture, placed un bizarre juxtapositions, are utilized in a playful way to depict not the thing but the effect it produces. The photographic fragmented treatment of the female form, without definitive context, as well as the reconfiguration and displacement of found and assembled objects are part of a personal visual vocabulary suggesting innuendoes about beauty, sexuality, femininity, meanings of pleasure. “Filter object series” are images of mutable and performed identities; in flux, layered, not clearly evident, constantly changing. An assemblage of objects and selves that are perpetually fragmented.
Born in Greece, Ioanna currently lives and works in Berlin.
She studied History of Art, Applied Arts and received in 2013 her BFA from Alchimia Contemporary School, Florence.
Her artistic journey in photography started in 2017 when she attended the one-year photography course “Photography: Theories and Creative Practices” at the Athens School of Fine Arts.
Her photographs have appeared in F-stop Magazine(US), issue#88, online, April-May 2018, the magazine Photographer(GR), issue 15, 2018 and the photo book Review #17, Greece 2017.
For her work Filter Object Series she has been nominated by Fine Art Photography Awards(FAPA 5th edition), Tokyo International photo Awards(tifa) 2018, 11th Julia Cameron Award in the category of Fine Arts, International Photography Award (IPA) 2018 and Photogrvphy Grant, 2018.
Bodily, SomoS Art House Berlin, Germany, 2019
Dilletanti, State of Concept, Gallery, Greece, 2019
Review #17, Athens School of Fine Art, Greece, 2017
IThe exploration of the self and how identity can be perceived, experienced and performed, are centrals themes in my work. I am deeply interested in issues of femininity, eroticism, sexuality, image and representation. Through my photographic practice, I am questioning the ideal of authenticity and individuality, in which degree social norms and conceptualizations determine our social identities and shape our perceptions of self-conception and self-reflection. My process of work relies on a playful and suggestive way, thus allowing the viewer a broader exploration. It is mainly intuitive, intimate, using light, color and a personal symbolized language to evoke associations and provoke emotional responses.