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 lives and works in Athens and Berlin.
Her artistic journey in photography started in 2017 when she decided to take a leap towards a new career and attended the one-year photography course “Photography: Theories and Creative Practices” at the Athens School of Fine Arts.
She has recently obtained the Grand Winner prize as Amateur photographer of the year from 6th Fine Art Photography Awards. She has been selected as one of the best emerging talents in photography and featured in the annual publication Fresh Eyes 2020, powered by GUP magazine.
Her works has also been nominated by International Photography Grant (2019), International Photography Award (2019), 12th International Color Award, 5th Fine Art Photography Awards, Tokyo International Foto Awards (2018), International Photography Award (2018), 11th Julia Cameron Award, International Photography Grant (2018).
Ioanna’s work has been exhibited In Rotterdam Photo Festival (2020), SomoS Art House Berlin, (2019), State of Concept Gallery, Athens (2019).