DINA KOUMPOULI Monographs: Musician 2006 [R/F] - x +
KouD2006musi KouD2006mono

CN: KouD2006musi

MT: C-type print on paper mounted on forex (75x50)

TX: inscribed with permanent marker at rear upper right <Dina Koumpouli / Monograph: Nostalgic 2006 1/3>

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2008, #124

LC: ACG - Career Services

DN: Ms. Dina Koumpouli - 2006

CM: Dina Koumpouli's Monographs were created for the 13th International Month of Photography in 2006, entitled On Faces, and were exhibited at Agathi Art Gallery in Athens. The idea of Koumpouli - to create a series of portraits whose presence would combine the sitter's 'known' and 'un-known' aspects - is both original and daring. The fundamental premise of Monographs is that people lead lives that are not 'really' theirs, but have been influenced by external factors. Without exception, we all hide to various degrees within us identities, desires, aspirations and fears. Such 'extensions' of ourselves, we are either unwilling to admit or negotiate, for reasons that vary per case. Monographs caused a variety of reactions to those who were invited to take part - some were deterred to participate owing to self-censorship, while others were keen to expose their inner-most desire that was co-erced by their environment or to encounter that which they were afraid hitherto to reveal.

With Monographs Koumpouli eloquently describes the fantasy of one transcending oneself and to present one as something beyond one's true nature. The photographer asked her models to pose on the flat roof of a building from whose background emerged walls that seem to be endless. Koumpouli refers to these walls as the Homeric "Clashing Rocks of our lives", factors that confine our behavior and define our role. In the center of such a stage, surrounded by all sorts of 'no' and 'don't', rises every individual unit independently to present its dual truth, 'that which it is' along with 'that which it feels to be'. Koumpouli asked her models to display on a hanger a reproduction of their desire, as if it were a piece of clothe, which is potentially to be 'worn'. She also advised her models to shut their eyes to facilitate their transition from the 'real' to the 'desired' sphere.

Haris Baxevanis works during the day as a private clerk to make his living, but spends the rest of his day as a DJ in pure harmony with his music library. In his portrait he is shown to connect his headphones directly to his favorite record, as an expression of his absolute passion for music.

[Megakles Rogakos 03/2007]

ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens