25/2 - 21/3 1998
MENELAOY 18 / 256-296
MO - FRI 18.00 - 22.00 SA 10.30 - 14.30

The body and its escape
into the photographic image

An animal's survival presupposes a system of self-defense and self-protection overlying its own organism. From the moment of its birth, its body begins to react as a refuge.
Observing the different forms of protection inherent in each and every living organism, we can see that in the case of man the survival capacities incorporate in his DNA exist in his body in close correlation with cultural practices. It would not be rash to say that the urge for survival is projected into the practice of photography. Photographic material sustains being and the metamorphosis into personality.
The body of the person photographed becomes a rational dwelling, enabling the subject to clarify his relation with the world and to be defined by it, with his own self as his point of departure and return. The photographic image will literally become a second body/shelter, whose reproduction will pin- point its specific identity. With his knowledge of its illusory three-dimensionality, the manipulator of a photographic image screens and assesses the behaviour of the human body. Sometimes this relationship is confirmed, sometimes it is rejected.
Could there exist a conscious rejection of the body through its reproduction?
This is the question treated in the series entitled "Diplo" (Double).
The photographic record of a body does not correspond to the totality of its presence here on earth, but to the selected reference preserved in the picture. With the arbitrariness of fragmentary record, I considered that auto-endoscopy of a body ought to be feasible, a body that through its tautological behaviour denies itself, and that records itself in order to escape. This material property that recalls its absence in the photographic image is the condition of its reality.

Costis Velonis

Born in Athens in 1968, Costis Velonis studied stage direction at the Stavrakou School and Fine Arts in England at Staffordshire University, before continuing with post-graduate studies at Paris VIII University (Maitrise d' arts plastiques, D.E.A. Esthetique, technologies et creations artistiques). He has taken part in group exhibitions in Paris, and presents his second solo exhibition at Photosynkyria 98.