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  • Artists tap into hidden histories

    Andrew Stephens, The Age, Spectrum, 8 August 2014, p. 19

    The Dreamtime story of the Great Moorool, as related by Healesville historian Mick Woiwod, tells of a great body of water that once filled the Yarra Valley. Were it to exist today, says Woiwod, places like Lilydale, Healesville and the aptly named Mooroolbark would be on the Great Moorool’s shoreline.

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  • Polixeni Papapetrou at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York

    Wall Street International Magazine, 16 May 2013

    Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, is pleased to present Stories from the Other Side, a solo exhibition of photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou. The exhibition features two of Papapetrou’s most recently completed series, The Ghillies and Between Worlds, and will be her first solo show with Jenkins Johnson Gallery in New York. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 4 from 6 to 8 pm, which will feature a discussion with writer and curator Susan Bright at 7 pm. Accompanying the exhibition will be a full color catalogue entitled ”The Ghillies” with an essay by Chris Healy, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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  • Polixeni Papapetrou: The Ghillies

    Dan Rule, The Age, Melbourne, April 6 2013, p 5

    There's a quietness and subtlety to Polixeni Papapetrou's latest series of photographs – a softening of the more theatrical employment of costume and symbology that has come to mark her negotiations of childhood, fantasy and art history. Where she has long juxtaposed her hybridised characters – often half-animal, half-human – against picturesque landscapes, The Ghillies are of a different ilk and a different land.

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  • The Final Frame in a bold body of work

    Gina McColl, The Age, Melbourne, 19 January 2013, pp. 16-17

    ARTIST Polixeni Papapetrou was told in October that she was free of the breast cancer that was discovered in 2007. She celebrated the five-year all-clear by buying new clothes and tickets to the Francis Bacon exhibition in Sydney. A month later, sudden and severe symptoms sent her to hospital. She was told the cancer had returned in her peritoneum - the lining of the gastrointestinal tract - and that it was terminal and untreatable.

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  • Behind the Mask

    Katrina Strickland, The Weekend Australian Financial Review, December 2012, pp. 50-51

    Serious illness led Polixeni Papapetrou to focus on her inner world. The Melbourne artist muses on life, death, and her favourite works. By Katrina Strickland.

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  • Masking Controversy after photo furore

    Kathy Evans, The Age, Melbourne, 10 May 2012, p. 24

    FOUR years ago, artist Polixeni Papapetrou found herself the centre of a controversy when a nude photograph of her six-year-old daughter, Olympia, graced the front cover of Art Monthly. The magazine was joining in a noisy debate that had erupted over the artistic portrayal of children in the wake of the Bill Henson debacle, when police swooped on a Sydney gallery and seized photographs of naked adolescent girls in the belief they could be pornographic (the inquiry was abandoned two weeks later and the pictures put back on display).

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