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Anagénnisi • Siilk Gallery V2.0 Opening!
After the success of our temporary DIY space, being new to the city and trying to push underground and contemporary photographers in Athens we are happy to announce we will be opening our new base and permanent gallery space this September!
We will have music, drinks and works on show by select Greek photographers. The exhibition will run for 4 weeks and will be the first of our new monthly group shows.
Works on show by: George Kanis, Apostolos Zerdevas, Maris Petropoulou, Xena Magali & Kostis Fokas.
Preview – October 3rd @ 6pm – Asklipiou 73, Athina, 114 71.
Anagénnisi – Renewal, Rebirth, Revival, Renaissance. •
• Kostis Fokas
Kostis Fokas, born in Athens, Greece, is a conceptual photographer whose artistic practice revolves around the exploration of the complexities of the human body.
Fokas’s works have been exhibited in the USA and Europe including, The Louvre Museum, Colette in Paris, Art Basel Miami, the Benaki Museum in Athens and the Museum of Modern Art in Thessaloniki and Crete among others.
Fokas has collaborated with and published his work in Zeit Magazine, Les Inrockuptibles,L’obs , i-D, Dazed and Confused, The advocate, Gay times, Gayletter magazine and many more international publications, websites and art books.
This year Fokas produced his first self published art book, “Kostis Fokas”, which covers a selection of more than 120 photographs spanning 7 years of photographic work.
His work looks at and investigates the complexities of gender, sexuality, and identity through pictorial representations of the human body. In an attempt to capture the social panorama of contemporary life, the artist offers a discreet look at the body as a site of desire, fantasy, submission, and oppression.
Unlike sentimental depictions or explicit narratives where sexuality and desire have been co-opted to fit in the broad swath of social and public life, Fokas’ approach to the body is rather detached. Like a Cartesian mechanical eye, Fokas observes from the position of the spectator, scrutinizing himself and his subjects with a tantalizing pleasure. Bodies and fragmentary body parts set in bizarre and vulnerable positions are juxtaposed with wild landscapes and the striking beauty of the Greek summer.
• Apostolos Zerdevas
Apostolos was born in 1979 in Athens. He studied photography at Focus and continued his studies in England, obtaining a master’s degree in art from the Chelsea College of Art and Design. He has taken part in many exhibitions in galleries and museums, such as the DESTE Foundation, the Hellenic American Union, ICA in London, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki etc.
Since 2003 he began teaching at the Focus School and since 2016 he has been collaborating as a curator with the Athens photo festival
• Maris Petropoulou
Maris Petropoulou was born in Giannitsa, northern Greece, in 1998. Between 2016 and 2017 she lived in Thessaloniki. She currently resides and works in Athens. She has studied makeup and has worked as a model. She also has a dog, Cassiopeia.
Although she has always been interested in photography, she actively started pursuing it roughly a year ago. Her first serious foray into the world of photography is inextricably linked to the acquisition of her first analog camera (a canon prima zoom) in June 2019, which marks the beginning of her growing love for analog photography. Her experiments with analog quickly unfolded from just casually capturing moments of friends and family to the execution of more developed concepts and well-thought-out projects.
Her newfound whirlwind relationship with the photographic medium urged her to apply for a scholarship with “Orama Photography Studies” School, which she received for the academic year 2019-2020, and she is currently attending the courses of the first cycle photography studies at the School.
Her work reveals an interest in juxtaposition. She frequently aims to trace flamboyance or detect discreet touches of luxury and finesse in everyday settings and trivial environments. Contrasting elements are present in most of her pictures.
Also evident in her work is her love for portrait photography, which has led her to experiment a lot in this field. Through portraiture she tries to convey the indiosyncrasies of her subjects as well as the individual allure she sees in them. Homely or sometimes ornate interiors are used as settings for her portraits, emanating on their own accord the ever-present existence of family history or the particularities of an elaborate personal taste – depending on the case.
• George Kanis
George Kanis is a well traveled, life experienced, Athens based photographer and long time friend of Siilk Gallery. We’ve known of George since moving to Athens is 2019 and we’re very happy to have his works on show at our permanent gallery space this September.
• Xena Magali
Xena Magali was born in 1990 in Amman, Jordan. since she has moved several times to different countries however for the past years she is located in Athens, Greece.
Her love for photography started since she was a little girl taking photos of everyday moments and small happenings in her life, She studied Film and Photography while attending Toronto Film School to grow her knowledge as a photographer and then on started being inspired mostly by films and movies. She says in the films she watched there was always an image or several images that resonated with her.
The photos she takes rarely have a linear plot and are often made up of pieces of events that are highly symbolic and/or metaphorical. She Utilizes a variety of aesthetic styles and modes and believes she cannot be constrained to expressing emotions a certain way.