Says Ioustini: According to Newton’s First Law, an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. The experience of limbo, due to any sudden incident in the course of one’s life, is the cornerstone where my image narrative is based. Anything can change within a fraction of a second, and this work reflects an attempt to interpret and accept loss and “constant-change” phases. The world that I create and photograph is based on everyday life, but the accompaniment of a cinematic aesthetics aims to give a fictional twist and a sensation where still nothing is real nor surreal. Those images become metaphors to another reality. Characters represent archetypal figures, being “indecipherable” while confronting an internal collision. They are somewhere in-between, struggling to reach “light” again.
Ioustini Drakoulakou was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece (1989). A BSc in Geology Graduate (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2014), works on her MSc – “Mineral Resources and Environment”- Thesis (A.U.Th, Pending, July 2018). She was a Teaching Assistant (February 2015 – January 2016) at School of Geology (A.U.Th). Since 2015, she has been studying photography in Stereosis School of Photography -a 5 trimester programme- (Thessaloniki, 2015-2018) and also attending independent seminars in: Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (2018), MoMA (online, 2016), Shawacademy (online, 2016).