Nudity and pictures of sexuality is a double-edged sword. Have you ever experienced that your audience completely misunderstood your intentions – and what did this do to your way of taking pictures?
Yes, I have definitely experienced this a few times. Nonetheless, I do believe that it is totally up to each and every beholder’s intelligence to perceive a work of art, a picture on the internet, etc. I can’t but accept this fact as it is. Nudity might be a mixed-blessing to the contemporary internet user who is coming across so much fast and processed information that it makes me ponder on what a great deal of knowledge, awareness, and culture one needs upon encountering a picture as such. And this is not an easy task.
Container Love’s mission is to highlight the beauty in diversity, to change points of view, and stand up for more tolerance with the help of pictures and basses. Which part reminds you of yourself? Which statements are hidden behind your works?
My work is to me like a terrain where I can dig deeper into my own self and my very existence. In the process making, I more often place questions to my self rather than give answers. It does happen sometimes that I get some answers, and it is truly cathartic to realize that this is my way of evolving both as an artist and as a person. Our own body may both function as a prison to ourselves and as a means to emancipation. Our possibilities are infinite. It is our duty to let our bodies open to feelings and expression – to dance, to play, to sense, to come in contact with other bodies, etc. Sexual preference, equality, emancipation, tolerance, and acceptance for diversity are a few concepts that I like to share and touch upon via my work.
What are upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
I am currently working on my new project which is one I initiated six months ago when it came to me as an idea. This time, the process dynamics are so different that I feel glad I am having such an experience. Once more, it was all about a situation that I had found myself in so personally yet so socially, since I believe that this project matters especially to a new generation of people. “All I need is Love, All I have is Porn” (2017) is exactly what the title implies. I see our current situation as being in a state of a digital intrusion to our intimate relationships, which one can no longer ignore. Access to pornography as well as the popularity of using apps to pick one’s new lover has radically changed the very way we are experiencing relationships per se today. The immersive exchange of communication mainly in the form of a picture speaks for itself as an indication of a tantalizing sexuality in pornographic connotations. These very two concepts (Love/Porn) are the core of this work.
Are we even in a position to differentiate between the two? Is it a dichotomy or are we talking about the two sides of the same coin – the mixed blessing? The pictures of this specific project bear, in my opinion, a dualism, and the viewer is welcomed to conceive it in their own way.
Thank you very much for your words, Kostis. Love and Happiness. 😉