Polixeni Papapetrou is a photographer whose work is surreal as it is intriguing. Walking the line between real and dream, her photography makes fantasy out of the world. Check out her interview:
Tell us about yourself, where are you from? How long have you been an artist?
I was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Greek immigrants. I have lived in Melbourne all my life. I love to visit places all over the world and admire them greatly, but I work best in Melbourne. I have trouble imagining living anywhere else, as the city and the rural character surrounding Melbourne inspire me so much.
I had a career as a lawyer before I turned to photography. I began taking photographs in the late 80s, but it was only in 2000 that I decided to work as an artist. The theme that I enjoy pursuing in my work is the relationship between history, contemporary culture, and identity. Intertwined with this is how dress-ups and performance can construct and portray identity. My subject matter has included Elvis Presley fans, Marilyn Monroe impersonators, circus performers, and body builders. For over a decade I have been exploring the portrayal of childhood in photography and have been engaged in an intimate photographic collaboration with my two children and their friends.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow: 2015 CCP Fundraiser
In conjunction with the Melbourne General Cemetery, Jane Burton, John Gollings and Polixeni Papapetrou were asked to responded to this iconic Melbourne site in support of the Centre for Contemporary Photography’s annual fundraiser. Prints can be purchased at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.
More Information http://www.ccp.org.au/CCP-Fundraiser-Event.html
Galerie Pavlova, Berlin is featured in Lucida Habitats Journal, 2015 (Queensland Centre for Photography)
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