Ioanna Sakellaraki (b.1989) is a Greek visual artist based in London. Her work investigates the relationship between collective cultural memory and fiction. She was recently awarded a Doctoral Scholarship for undertaking her PhD in Visual Arts after graduating from an MA Photography from the Royal College of Art. She is the recipient of The Royal Photographic Society Bursary Award 2018, was named Student Photographer of the Year by Sony World Photography Awards 2020 and was recognised as Juror’s Pick in LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2021. Her work has been exhibited internationally in art festivals and galleries with a recent solo show at the European Month of Photography in Berlin in 2020. Her projects have been featured in internationally acclaimed magazines such as The New Yorker and journals including The Guardian and Deutsche Welle. Most recently, she was invited as a guest speaker in the Martin Parr Foundation and the London Institute of Photography.
“The series, The Interval of Unreason, begins with an image found in my late father’s archive, remains of the tainted memory of an idyllic romance on the Greek island of Patmos, followed by my extended stay on the island, during the lockdown. It is there where I begin to unravel the secret stories of my father’s past as a sailor and adventurer of his time, while deconstructing the famous history of Patmos as the ‘’Island of the Apocalypse’’, the place from where infernal visions of mankind’s ultimate downfall sprang, inspiring Saint John, to write the Book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament. […] In the intersection of memory and oblivion, the work untangles the remaking that surviving loss entails, reminding us that history is not merely a matter of chronology but also a question of space and relationships.” – Ioanna Sakellaraki, 2021
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