5 questions for photographer Georgia Ponirakou

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Georgia Ponirakou lives in Athens where she works as a photographer.Her photographic work highlights the disarming charm and honesty of the ordinary.


Below are five questions, that she kindly answered about her work as an artist.

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– How did you start with photography?

– It all started some years ago with POFPA(Cultural Club of Students of the University of Athens) seminars. This was my first contact with artistic photography and film, I have been returning to film every now and then then mainly because of the textures and colors that I find there.

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– In your work you put the boundaries of privacy and personal life in constant pressure. Do you think that a photographer must put limits on his artistic creation so that he doesn’t turn himself into a voyeur or even become a victim of voyeurism?

– Nowadays all of us are potential voyeurs or voyeurism victims. Like most things in life, this is also a matter of perspective: applying limits to creativity in fear of something happening that escapes your control, seems like self-censorship. In my work, I am usually the subject along with my private life – however, in terms of an observation framework, it would be sterile if anyone stuck to just that. Scratching below the surface is what makes the work important, and when I think about my work, it would be impossible for me to perceive it as voyeurism: a viewer who perceives it as such, is likely to be trapped in lonely and, perhaps, unhappy thoughts.

 

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– Nowadays there is a tendency of contemporary photographers in getting inspired from things that are more mundane/ordinary. Do you think there is a reason behind this? Do you consider yourself as part of this movement?

 Daily routine gets more comprehensive when I photograph it. I remember better, I decode better, I see better. Mundane is part of our lives: bigger for some, smaller for others. Perhaps it is due to an inherent need to identify what is important in life – things that are not necessarily related to acts of heroism or elusive concepts but to simpler (non-simplistic) acts that may define our existence.

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– How difficult is it for a modern woman to fit into her life the transcendence and devotion that art requires?

A spontaneous response to this would be “as much as any modern person, regardless of gender”. Inequality is also present in the art field. Unfortunately, it is not self-evident that a woman can produce art if she desires so, given the fact that quite often her expected social role precedes that of being an artist (sometimes with an ironic connotation). It is not easy for a woman to exceed the limits set beforehand for her but that is exactly the challenge here. For me, she should be devoted to what she does and avoid getting distracted by extrinsic factors.

 

b5– If you did not take pictures, what else would you do?

– I would write poetry – but in a more systematical, disciplined way than how I already write.

You can find the zine of Georgia Ponirakou in collaboration with poet Costis Demos and Void in the following link.

In the following links you will find more about Georgiou Ponirakou’s work:

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