Photographic collage installations series
Exercises in Speaking Out is an ongoing series of photographic collage installations that rewrites the history of photography according to eight topologies – nude, architecture, botanical, portraiture, interiors, wildlife, landscape and product – through exposing the patriarchal mechanics behind the material, chemical and technological processes of image production. The project is laid out as a complex web of conversations between photographic technology manuals and the artist’s personal photographic archive. Positioned against an instructional understanding of knowledge and experience, Exercises in Speaking Out creates a visual narrative out of cultural references, an emancipatory act of learning to speak, of finding own’s voice against the cultural frameworks that capitalism imposes.
Exercises in Speaking Out, Volume 1 (Nude), 2020, set up as a conversation between nude images in 90s Greek lifestyle magazines and East German erotica, the work explores the role of photography in representing the naked body and sexuality as signs of progress.
Exercises in Speaking Out, Volume 2 (Architecture), 2021 deals with relationships between the utopia of collective living projected by modernist architecture drawn from Soviet and East German sources and photographs exposing the realities of social struggles in Greece during the 1990s.
Exercises in Speaking Out, Volume 3 (Flowers) 2021 is a photographic installation based on images of flowers out of focus, photographic colour diagrams, and colour graphics from 90s Greek magazines, thatquestions photography’s influence on the perception of colour.