CM: Apostolis Zolotakis' Face belongs to his photographic group of works on the theme of street posters. Herewith Zolotakis presents the impressive head of a huge Carnival King. Obviously the Carnival King, after being used in the parade, became obsolete and was put aside. Zolotakis' attention was caught by the theme's issue dealing with the decay caused by the passing of time. While there is clear evidence of the King's weathering, the dimension and the colors directly refer to his recent glory. Made from paper mache, the skin of the face is torn and reveals the metal net of the substructure. It is the picture's visual rhythm that appealed to Zolotakis. The King's gaze, in the state it is in, inspires a reading further to the obvious one, which is perhaps of psychological value. The King's huge eyes, which are so obviously fake, are as if looking back at the viewer with pain. The weathered face might imply the real gaze of the human being when aging. Despite its regrettable condition for its state of inutility, the damaged object retains a beauty of its own that has yet something further to say.
[Megakles Rogakos 09/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens