Exhibitions / Publications
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Hypothesis, LensCulture Black & White Photography Awards 2018, New York USA
2017 The Shadow of things, Parallel Voices – Photometria International Photography festival, Athens Greece
2017 The Shadow of things, Med Photo Fest – Nona Edizione Internazionale, Catania Italy
2017 The Shadow of things, La Quatrième Image – Festival International de Photographie, Paris France
2014 Pause: Pause, Open C.A.S.E 303, Athens Greece
2018 Finalist, LensCulture Black & White Photography Awards 2018
LensCulture is proud to present Beyond Boundaries: LensCulture Discoveries in Contemporary Photography was held at Aperture Gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City. Beyond Boundaries is a wide-ranging group show that doubles as both a celebration and a survey of global image making today. With 101 participating photographers hailing from over thirty-four countries, this exhibition is a visual reflection of the beating hearts and curious minds of LensCulture’s vibrant community.
Antigone Kourakou’s recent work reminds us of the inexhaustible capacity photography has to transmute reality. References to the history of photography abound and, working surreptitiously, they lead us to the threshold of a silent introspection, quite unexpected nowadays, when photographs targeting events and social issues urge us to judge, to think, to draw conclusions. In direct contrast to this condition, Kourakou’s photography prompts to imagine by stirring up deep-seated images and moments of our own lives.
The elliptical description of situations and persons in her photographs define moments whose completion requires our contribution. We need to restore perspective, to compose faces from lines and shapes, so as to, ultimately, discover the associative relationships that articulate the photographer’s personal style.
Kourakou directs by minimally drawing on reality – faces, gestures, branches, leaves, thick shadows – and recomposes an enigmatic world. Looking at her photographs, we come to realize that what lies at the core of her work is not so much what is happening when shooting as the shaping of a balance between reality and fantasy, a balance which is always in keeping with the dynamic composition of her frames.
Emeritus Professor of Photography, UniWA
Le idee si incarnarono in figure e proposte immaginifiche, oggi leggendarie, capaci di scavalcare i secoli e imporsi con autorevolezza sino ai nostri giorni. Una ebbe nome di Antigone e custodì le ragioni del cuore difendendole contro le leggi e contro i divieti sociali, dichiarando espressamente che le ragioni del sacro hanno una loro dignità, così come la diversità del pensiero e come l’assoluta originalità della persona umana. Tormentata è stata tale dialettica, che passa, ancora, attraverso il corpo e la storia delle donne ma, proprio per questo, è divenuta esempio di ogni lotta e di ogni desiderio di evadere dal non voler crescere o quanto meno cambiare. La composizione fotografica dell’Autrice si richiama in maniera appropriata ai ritmi scenici delle grandi teatralità mediterranee laddove “l’odeon” fu, appunto, teatro di civiltà, oggi tutte da recuperare.
Testo critico scritto da Pippo Pappalardo storico e critico della fotografia.
Antigone Kourakou est conservatrice et restauratrice d’art. La photographie est devenue l’une de ses principales activités en 2010. C’était alors pour elle un moyen de rechercher et d’exprimer un sens esthétique personnel.
«The Shadow of Things»
Lorsqu’on observe les photographies d’Antigone Kourakou, on perçoit pleinement toute l’étendue suggestive de la photographie abstraite. Bien qu’il n’y ait que peu d’informations visuelles qui relient les images aux scènes réelles, aux situations et aux événements qui les ont engendrées, les photographies nous invitent forcément à l’interprétation. Dans ses photographies, même quand le sujet est représenté en entier, l’intention derrière tel ou tel sujet photographié demeure insondable. Cependant, les détails des visages, les silhouettes lointaines, les paysages ou les espaces clos photographiés depuis des angles de vue différents se retrouvent unis dans une forme concrète d’approche photographique.
The exhibition “The Shadow of Things” presented and can be visited on the digital platform of Ariadne Photo Gallery.
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.
Emeritus Professor of Photography, UniWA