Title: Infinite Perimeter 13, 2016 Print Size: 11 x 14, Archival inkjet print on fine art paper Print Edition: 2/15 edition Collection: FotoFilmic ShortList Collection Exhibition: FOTOFILMIC18 SHORTLIST SHOW (PULP Gallery, Vancouver) Photographer Interview: FOTOFILMIC18 Online Feature
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About the artist: Michalis Poulas was born in Athens Greece in 1978. His father, a professional sailor, opened a one hour process film shop back in 1988 in Crete island as he tried to stay close to his family and that was his first contact with photography. He studied photography at Leica Academy in Athens and worked in the fashion industry. Since 2003 he established and has been running my own photolab in Sitia Crete where he also lives. He makes pictures in order to ease the pain and fear of death. The quality of the images can sometimes be over and beyond the photographer or the content of the subject.
About the work: Infinite Perimeter
The place where one draws breath and calls one’s home; ’tis whence one begins; The place one recalls and reminisces, be it in a positive or negative light, years down the line, even if one never left it, either physically or mentally; It exists as place, as time, as a past experience in one’s memory and imagination; ’tis the remains of this theme that jointly shape the way one feels; The space-time one calls one’s home is under tremendous pressure, and the issue is with whom, why, and to what extent one is willing to share it.
The pictures were taken on the island of Crete, between May 2014 and today. The dominant role in this sequence of images is played by the surrounding sea, which defines the limits of how much man can change the landscape. The protagonists of the story are my friends and family members, as well as people I approached along the way. The images are not a strict document; rather then depict a place that is defined by explicit morphological characteristics, though it remains conceptually and geographically boundless.
Infinite Perimeter* is a project about human identity as it exists within the current stage of capitalism. It is about the feelings of loss, loneliness and isolation that everyone can experience whether as actual immigrants or even into their homeland. It is about the sense of being exiled even from ourselves.
*Niels Fabian Helge von Koch (25 January 1870 – 11 March 1924) was a Swedish mathematician who gave his name to the famous fractal known as the Koch snowflake, one of the earliest fractal curves to be described. Koch’s snowflake is a quintessential example of a fractal curve, a curve of infinite length in a bounded region of the plane. A finite area contained in an infinite perimeter.
Other Related Exhibition: FOTOFILMIC18 TRAVELING EXHIBITION juried by Joachim Brohm, Greg Girard, Barrie Mowatt, Joachim Naudts, Heather Snider and Jeong Eun Kim. This work will be presented in San Francisco, Vancouver and Seoul in 2019.