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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 June 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2015 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Storm in a Teacup Polyxeni Papapetrou explores the history of one of Australia’s favourite beverages through her photographic narration ALEXANDRA MANATAKIS For some, the most essential form of storytelling is the power of the written word, but for photographer and artist Polixeni Papapetrou, photos can transport the mind into a surreal world of narrative. Through her photographic career spanning more than 20 years, Papapetrou creatively reinforces the importance of the image that carries her style and cultural identity. Papapetrou's works reflect her social stance regarding identity and freedom, which boils right down to her most basic yet powerful inspiration; a small box of black and white photos that tell the tale of her Greek heritage. "As a young girl growing up without an extended family, I was fascinated by a box of black and white photographs that my parents had, which portrayed their past life in Greece." "These photographs were the only link to a life I heard about and a family I had never met." Without these photos, Papapetrou would not have had the chance to know her own grandparents or to imagine their existence. It is for this reason that photography is one her of most "treasured objects". Before venturing into photography, she worked as a lawyer for fifteen years. A book of photographs by Diane Arbus inspired her to begin her journey, "persuaded by the stronghold of art". "Arbus' photographs showed me how we can use the camera to tell stories about the world we live in," Papapetrou adds. In her earliest days, Papapetrou used photography for women around the world, but also recognises the pressures that the entertainment and fashion industries place on women. "I think as women, we are inundated with such levels of immense pressure and expectations to be 'perfect'. "I constantly remind myself that there is no definitive model of perfection, we are all different, and that we need to not lose ourselves in the quest for that. It's individuality that makes us unique," she said. Aside from her recent appointment as ambassador, to narrate the lives of those "who lived on the edge of the conventional mainstream and those who were exploring personal identity through dress and popular culture". The lives of drag queens, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe impersonators, circus performers and body builders were portrayed - all tied together by a common thread of "identity representation". In her most recent works Papapetrou uses her children as subjects, teasing out questions surrounding the institution of childhood by "taking the viewer into the realms of fantasy and storytelling to challenge expectations regarding the visual portrayal of the child". Surreal attributes commonly take form as mythical creatures and fantastical landscapes fused with the image of a child. With these snapshots she wishes to oppose how "society typically defines childhood". For Papapetrou it is all about generating connectivity through pictorial narrative. Her most recent storytelling work will be featured in an exhibition entitled 'Storm in a Teacup', comprising approximately 50 works including painting, photography, sculpture and installation. Through a part-reality-partfantasy interpretation she aspires to explore the country's 'tea-culture' as a lavish display of settler understandings of refined gentility. The exhibition also features artists such as Charles Blackman, John Perceval, Emma Minnie Boyd, E. Phillips Fox and contemporary artists Stephen Bowers, Danie Mellor, Penny Byrne, Rosalie the actress has recently appeared alongside Daniel MacPherson and Luke Hemsworth in sci-fi film Infini, as well as working on a number of television and film projects. Source: au.news. yahoo.com Portrait of photographic artist Polixeni Papapetrou. Boutique politics Visual artist Nikos Pantazopoulos presents his latest contemporary art creations A landscape of a stranger's front yard, a portrait of his mother and a still life painting depicting a tablecloth are the three pictures Nikos Pantazopoulos invites us to observe at his solo exhibition, hosted by the independent arts organisation Bus Projects. Nikos Pantazopoulos is a Melbourne-based visual artist and a lecturer at RMIT's School of Art Photography Studio. He has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, a Masters of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London, and a PhD at Monash University. Pantazopoulos has taken part in numerous art projects alongside the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2014. His portfolio includes a Victorian College of Arts Residency in 2008. As an artist he always revisits his previous work which is part and parcel with his Greek heritage. His work is embedded in notions of history, architecture, interior space and cultural products, with a strong sense of his personal politics. "In my work I play with two things," Pantazopoulos told Neos Kosmos in March 2014. "One is about the more inclusive nature of the citizen and the other one is a Artist Nikos Pantazopoulos. particular personal politic. So my projects always become inclusive to a larger community - that's my personal thread." The exhibition will be on from 1 to 18 July to July at the Bus Projects Gallery (25-31 Rokeby Street) in Collingwood. Olympia Valance models for Gossard UK Yenny Huber, Room no.14 2006 (digital print on aluminium panel). Gasgoigne, Matthew Sleeth, eX de Medici and Anne Zahalka. ‘Storm in a Teacup’ will be open from 24 July to 27 September (Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 am-5.00 pm) at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (Civic Reserve, Dunns Road). Exhibition admission fees are $4 adults/$2 concession. For more information phone 03 5975 4395 or head to www. mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au Olympia Valance, who made her acting debut as Page Novak on Neighbours last year, is making a name for herself in the UK as the new face of lingerie brand Gossard. The 22-year-old star modelled Gossard's new season collection, consisting mainly of a series of black lacy underwear, which promotes the feminine body through simplicity. "Loving this new Everday line from @GossardUK - gorgeous simple sets that fit really well without costing a fortune," Olympia wrote online. She promoted her shoot from last week on social media, giving her fans the opportunity to have a preview of the final result. Her toned, tanned figure Greek Australian actress Olympia Valance models for Gossard UK. shows off in every picture, while in some snaps small accessories like a large red rose behind her ear, a black silk dressing gown or a pair of high heels add an artistic touch to her flawless image. Olympia also announced on social media that she is currently designing a limited lingerie edition for the brand, adding that she is looking forward to watching her designs come to life. Since modelling for Gossard, Olympia says she has learnt to love and appreciate her natural curves. "You haven't seen yourself at your most confident and beautiful until you've taken off your clothes and put on a set of incredibly beautiful lingerie," she said. Michelle Obama wears Mary Katrantzou Grace Huang to represent WA jeweller Kailis in Asia. PHOTO: AAP/GAYE GERARD. During her recent visit to Prince William last week, Michelle Obama opted for a Mary Katrantzou Pre-Fall 2015 sleeveless paisley dress. The US First Lady was in London to launch the 'Let Girls Learn' initiative, which helps fund education in developing nations that have historically de-prioritised education for women. She was accompanied by her daughters, Malia, 16, and Sasha, 14, and her mother Marian Robinson for a morning tea stop at Kensington Palace. Michelle Obama's choice of outfit was clearly driven by both comfort and style, with the floral print reflecting her strong yet feminine personality. Athenian-born Mary Katrantzou is a young promising fashion designer who has won various awards, and has collaborated with prominent names in the industry. Michelle Obama wearing Mary Katrantzou in London.
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