Ioanna Natsikou: Filter Object Series

Ioanna Natsikou: Filter Object Series
International Photography Grant 2019

Filter Object Series question our stereotypical perceptions of the female representation. Drawing a thin line between the familiar and the unfamiliar, the imagined and the real, fantasy and representation was part of a self conscious process. Tactility, visual puns, light and color are combined to trigger fantasy and ambiguity.

These portraits are conceived as ephemeral constructions of identities. Objects, roles and clichés are combined in a multilayered exploration displacing the viewer’s expectations of everyday reality. Ordinary found objects of popular and consumer culture, placed un bizarre juxtapositions, are utilized in a playful way to depict not the thing but the effect it produces. The photographic fragmented treatment of the female form, without definitive context, as well as the reconfiguration and displacement of found and assembled objects are part of a personal visual vocabulary suggesting innuendoes about beauty, sexuality, femininity, meanings of pleasure. Filter Object Series are images of mutable and performed identities; in flux, layered, not clearly evident, constantly changing. An assemblage of objects and selves that are perpetually fragmented.

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

Ioanna Natsikou – Born in Greece, Ioanna currently lives and works in Berlin.

She studied History of Art, Applied Arts and received in 2013 her BFA from Alchimia Contemporary School, Florence. Her artistic journey in photography started in 2017 when she attended the one-year photography course “Photography: Theories and Creative Practices” at the Athens School of Fine Arts. She received an honorable mention from the 11th Julia Cameron Award in the category of fine arts for her project Filter Object Series. Her photographs have appeared in F-stop Magazine(US), issue#88, online, April-May 2018, the magazine Photographer(GR), issue 15, 2018 and the photo book Review #17, Greece 2017.She also participated in the group exhibition Review#17 in the Athens School of Fine Arts. In her work she seeks to explore the relationship between object and subject, the exploration of the self and how identity can be perceived, experienced and performed through the medium of photography. She is interested in issues of femininity, eroticism, sexuality, image and representation, challenging stereotypes and pushing the limitations of the genre of portraiture.

Webmail: ioannanatsikou.com

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

Filter Object Series © Ioanna Natsikou

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International Photography Grant 2019