Antigone Kourakou - aboutShe was born in November 1979. She lives and works in Athens as a photographer and an art conservator-restorer. At the same time, she is professionally occupied in making mosaics and she has participated in international exhibitions and events. Her relationship with photography starts in 1998, while still studying art conservation. This experience motivates her to engage further in the medium, both on a theoretical and on a technical level, and reinforces her love of it. She begins systematic work on photography in 2010, by which time it serves as a means of seeking and expressing a personal aesthetic sense.

Her work has been exhibited in Greece and abroad and published in international magazines, catalogues and online publications.

"Looking at Antigone Kourakou’s photographs, one fully perceives the suggestive range of photographic abstraction. Although there is scarce visual information that connects the pictures with the real scenes, the situations, and the events they were born out of, the photographs imperatively call for our interpretation. They expect us to bring the ghosts back to reality, to rationalize the impossibilities they depict. The challenge is unrelenting, recurring and invariably leading to a dead end. And it is exactly this inability to explain them which lends them the poetic dimension that marks Kourakou’s work. In her photographs, even when depiction is complete, the intention to photograph this or the other subject remains unfathomable. Nevertheless, details of faces, remote figures, landscapes or indoor spaces shot from different angles are assimilated into a concrete form of photographic approach. Kourakou entered the field of photography totally unprepared, without having studied it, her only weapon being her unquenchable curiosity about the shadow of things, about ‘something other than reality’ that lurks in her subjects, and seems to be hiding behind the surface of their photographic representation. Without predefined rules or specific pursuits, the process of photographing things yields unanticipated aspects, which guide the photographer to an incessant quest of the unseen."

Costis Antoniadis

"There is a poignant poetic dimension to her work heightened by a certain reticence; she refrains from framing her subjects within a particular context, leaving their circumstances to be interpreted by the viewer."

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"Her style is diametrically opposed to the more literal interpretation of point-and-shoot photography, where the photographer is apt to happen upon a subject or scene and employ more of technical manipulation of the image. Kourakou’s images seem to be more about theme than the original subjects themselves—she becomes the author of her content."

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"There are many ways to describe what one actually sees in a work of art, but this finally is what Kourakou’s work seems to be all about: the shadow of things, the unseen that lurks beneath not only the facade of her subjects, but all of our collective selves."

Richard Malinsky, Arts Editor
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