‘Archipelago of Fournoi Korseon, islands’ project by Christina Dimitriadis
by Venetia Kapernekas
Walter Benjamin, compared ‘memory . . . the medium of past experience . . to ‘the ground (which) is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.’
In my new section at VK publication, “Photography Exemplar” a platform in which I invite artists that work on the media of photography to share their experience working on a project, an idea, that it might develop to a larger narrative or simply stay at the moment. My first guest is Christina Dimitriadis (lives & works in Berlin) whose work I admire for a long time, (Christina submitted 37 photos on my desk /september 2018 the photos are presented here unfiltered, exactly the way were delivered to me; it is a journey of her days residing at the remote Fournoi Korseon islands, far east of the cycladic aegean sea; the “Island Hoping”was evolved to an exhibition presently on view at the Athens Municipality Arts Center, in Athens, Nov 10, 2018 -3 Feb 2019) (curated by Dennys Zacharopoulos. artistic director ); thank you Christina for sharing your journey with us. (note from editor VK)
“Middle of May 2018, I take a photographic journey to the archipelago of Fournoi Korseon, islands I ́ve never been before. While I photograph for my new project “Island Hoping” with my professional cameras, I use the camera of my i phone to document my everyday life, my surroundings. The wild beauty of the Archipelago becomes my muse. Like an enchanted landscape transforms me into something I forgot how to be“. Christina Dimitriadis, artist
….see in detail all text /the journey after the images.
A digital diary of my journey to the Archipelago of Fournoi Korseon.
The basic function of Instagram is the practice of photο-sharing. Photo-sharing as a regular or daily practice, a mise – en – scéne of one self, a formation and not only a presentation. While phone calls are decreasing and text messages are becoming shorter, photo-sharing becomes the new language of communication in the digital technology.
Posting photos and videos on Instagram is like a virtual dialog with the followers. A desire to communicate, to see and be seen.
Known or unknown followers, colleagues, collaborators, friends or not, some forgotten, some beloved, some wishing to meet to love.
Counting the number of hearts underneath each posts. Searching for names.
So ephemeral the life of a post, no longer than a few hours, a day the most, even if they can be saved to the timeline of the app.
The platform, the sleek design, the sophisticate filters the square format, become my new vocabulary. A vocabulary different than my actual life, but also different from my artistic practice.
A third dimension of myself, constructed with different tools.
I use this dimension as my notebook. Notebooks which were usually kept private become public.
Middle of May 2018, I take photographic journey to the archipelago of Fournoi Korseon, islands I ́ve never been before.
While I photograph for my new project Island Hoping with my professional cameras, I use the camera of my i phone to document my everyday life, my surroundings.
The wild beauty of the Archipelago becomes my muse. Like an enchanted landscape transforms me to something I forgot how to be… Christina Dimitriadis, September 2018
See published Christina Dimitriadis’s ‘Island Hoping’ on Art Agenda by Kimberly Bradley, Feb 1, 2019
Fournoi Korseon (Φούρνοι Κορσέων) is a complex of archipelago of small Greek islands that lie between Ilaria, Samos, and Patmos, North Aegean region. The two largest islands of the complex, the main isle of Fournoi 31 square kilometres (12 square miles) and the isle of Thyemaina 10 square kilometres (3.9 square miles), are inhabited, as is Agios Minas island 2.3 square kilometres (0.9 square miles) to the east