Elena Karakitsou

b Greece, Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My artistic practice involves mainly photography and for the last two years I have been working with camera-less techniques, mostly cyanotypes.
Working with camera-less techniques allows me to work directly with light, without any mechanical mediator such as a photographic camera. Light ”writes” directly onto my material and shapes it anew. It becomes not only the medium in my work, but the subject itself.
What is of great interest to me is, that by working directly on paper, requires a chemical process that involves an interplay between the artist and his material. A balance between control and letting go. The resulted/revealed images at the end of the procedure come out as a combination of the artist’s will and intention, with a process whose results can not be fully predicted.

In my work, I explore states of the conscious and subconscious mind that remain hidden and unrevealed, until I bring them to the surface through the artistic procedure. It is an attempt to comprehend oneself as being a part of a larger energy system called the world. In doing so, my images can be considered to be mental images, often maintaining a contemplative character and hopefully transfer an energy of their own.

In 2015, as part of an artistic residency in Italy, I experimented for the first time with the creation of a three dimensional object. The installation I created, is an expression of my interest in trying out different materials for my creative process and came out of my fascination of an art-object existing in it’s own right, being a complete entity.
The installation ” Cartografia”, embodies the idea of universal forces and the human attempt to map them.

Vita

Education
  • 2011. Photography and Audiovisual Arts, Technological Educational Institution, Athens, Greece.(Bachelor Degree)
  • 2000. Geology and Geoenviroment, Unversity of Athens, Greece.(Bachelor Degree)
Selected Exhibitions
  • 2018. 16 Contemporary Artists, Enter Art Foundation, Bonn
  • 2017. 49 Contemporary Artists, Enter Art Foundation, Berlin
  • 2017. Schattenseiten , 48 Stunden Neukölln, Fotografie Verein e.V, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015. Lumen III: La Luce delle Stelle, St.Pancras Crypt Gallery, London, UK
  • 2015. Lumen, Chiesa San Francesco, Atina, Italy
  • 2014. Spaces, Berlin Fotografen Exhibition, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 2013. The other side, Ariano International Film Festival, Arianolrpino, Italy
  • 2013. Exposure Twelve, Exp12, Berlin Fotografen slideshow, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011. Oblivion, European Month of Photography, ''Young Greek Photographers'',Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece
  • 2011. Oblivion, XV Biennale de la Mediterranee, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2006. Athens, Theofilos Gallery, Young Greek Photographers,Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece
Published Artwork
  • 2011. Oblivion, Symbiosis, XV Biennale de la Mediterranee, Thessaloniki, Catalog
  • 2011. Oblivion, European Month of Photography, Athens Photo Festival, Athens,Catalog
Residencies
  • 2015. Lumen Studios Residency ,Atina, Italy, September

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