Polixeni Papapetrou vit à Melbourne (Australie). Elle détient un baccalauréat en droit de l'Université de Melbourne (1984) et une maîtrise en arts médiatiques de la RMIT University (1997). Elle poursuit des études de doctorat en beaux-arts à l'Université Monash (Melbourne). Son travail explore les thèmes de l'identité et de la répresentation de l'enfance. Il a été exposé plusieurs fois en Australie et sur la scène internationale, à l'occasion d'une vingtaine d'expositions individuelles et d'une cinquantaine d'expositions collectives; il est présent dans des collections en Australie et aux États-Unis. Son travail a été analysé dans près de 80 articles, textes de fond et commentaires critiques. Elle a obtenu des bourses du Australia Council et de Arts Victoria, ainsi qu'un Australian Postgraduate Award.
Exposition Exhibition: EDEN by Polixeni Papapetrou Press Release Stills Gallery - Colourful, abundant and compelling, Polixeni Papapetrou’s new series Eden arose out of a commission by the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Melbourne to create works in response to the Melbourne General Cemetery. Papapetrou, photographed flowers obtained from the cemetery against a black backdrop to invoke ideas about mourning and remembrance. For Papapetrou, whose own plot is in the cemetery, and who, through illness, has faced her own mortality, it was a challenging and thought provoking assignment.
The commission led Papapetrou to delve into the language of flowers. The history of art is replete with images of flowers and they have a rich metaphorical resonance. In true Papapetrou spirit, what she has created in Eden, following on from the CCP work, is positive, phil... Exposition Season 14 Each December Stills Gallery features a show of selected Stills artists. The theme for Season 2014 is continuity and divergence. There are twelve artists with a highly diverse range of practices that reflect both the history (of the gallery and of photography itself) and the diversity with which photography has developed in unprecedented ways over the last twenty years.
Steven Lojewski’s series Populace was one of the first exhibitions at Stills when it began in 1991. These black and white images in the tradition of documentary street photography look as fresh as the day they were first seen. They are the same silver gelatin prints printed by the artist at that time. In the vein of found photographs, Ian Dodd, a generation before Lojewski, shows new unseen work (Presence) in vibrant and romantic colour after yea... Exposition Polixeni Papapetrou presents « Lost Psyche » In Lost Psyche, Polixeni Papapetrou portrays emblematic figures that have come to the end of their tradition, their rationale, their place in the world. These intriguing and charismatic characters—the poet, the tourist, the immigrant, among others—bring to life antique Victorian paper masks. Yet, despite being cast beyond our immediate reality, their costumes harking back to earlier times, their settings to fantastical places, these archetypal figures live on in the cultural imagination.
Internationally celebrated for an oeuvre that has consistently tested the boundaries of performance and photography, reality and fantasy, childhood and adulthood, Lost Psyche marks a significant return for Papapetrou. Having extensively explored the Australian landscape as a stage for her photographic fictions, and working... Exposition Polixeni Papapetrou: Between Worlds
Galerie Pavlova, Berlins first contemporary photography gallery dedicated to promoting the work of Australian & New Zealand photographers, celebrates its opening with the work of Melbourne based photographer Polixeni Papapetrou and her series Between Worlds.
Polixeni’s somewhat surreal photographic work is immediately inviting through its bold colours and the size of the prints. After this initial meeting the viewer may begin to see the imagery is more complex than first perceived, playing with notions of childhood fantasy and adult consciousness.
With Between Worlds, Polixeni portrays her children with costumes and animal masks against the Australian and European landscape. These environments which are reminiscent of childhood fairy tales, show the characters in an undefined place – between ch... Exposition SEASON 12: Garden of Earthly Delights
This exhibition draws from a wide range of photomedia including traditional photographic practices and some rich examples of contemporary documentary in Sydney. All the participating artists have exhibited at Stills before.
© Polixeni Papapetrou, The Visitor, 2012 pigment print, 70 x 105 cm, editions of 8
The artists are Narelle Autio, Polixeni Papapetrou, Anne Noble, Danielle Thompson, Garry Trinh, Ben Cauchi, Gilbert Bel-Bachir, Ian Dodd, Mark Kimber and Trent Parke. The mood for the exhibition is ‘transcendent’ epitomized by the vibrant underwater worlds of Narelle Autio in works from the series Water Hole and the sublime magic realism of Ian Dodd’s black and white fairytale landscapes. ... Exposition Les "Dreamkeepers" de Polixeni Papapetrou à la Stills Gallery
“These transitional places in one’s life are often the most creative, and as we grapple for answers and clarity what is often realized is ambiguity and confusion that reigns supreme. Like fairy stories, Papapetrou uses absurdity to make symbolic sense of world she struggles to understand.” Susan Bright - Between Worlds catalogue 2009
A man in blue striped pyjamas stands on a rock by the sea, leaning into the wind. His body seems young yet he supports himself with a walking frame. His face is old, oversized, a little grotesque. He is The Wavecounter. Like the other characters in Polixeni Papapetrou’s series The Dreamkeepers, he is lithe in body yet gnarly of physiognomy, both young and old. Gazing out in contemplation these dream keepers look with anticipation to the future, or is it with n... Exposition Bestiaire à la VOZ'Galerie
A l’occasion de son inauguration, VOZ’Galerie convoque gorilles, rhinocéros, zèbres, lions et éléphants. Une exposition collective qui réunit dix photographes français et étrangers autour d’une thématique fédératrice: le bestiaire photographique. Outre les photographes de la galerie, VOZ’Galerie a proposé à Azart Photographie, magazine trimestriel dédié à la photographie contemporaine, une carte blanche. Les artistes invités : Julia Christe et Polixeni Papapetrou.
Depuis le Moyen Age, le monde animal n’a cessé de fasciner et d’inspirer les artistes. Symbolisant nos croyances, illustrant contes et légendes, peuplant notre imaginaire, l’animal est une... Exposition Season10 - Stills Gallery, Sydney In SEASON10 we are featuring a mix of unseen images and work selected from previous series by each artist, with an emphasis on summer and celebration.
Narelle Autio’s Seaweed Stacks is an intriguing image of sculptural seaweed forms on the beach near her home. The coast and water has been an ongoing inspiration for Autio, as is evident in her 2006 series celebrating bodies spontaneously at play beneath the surface of the water. Trent Parke is represented with gems from a current work in progress, The Black Rose, which is about coming to terms with the interconnectedness of past, present and future. Also showing will be favourites from The Christmas Tree Bucket series.
In her new images In Lieu, Like A Bird Now and The Ravellor, Pat Brassington continues her fascination with the transformed human body as a sit... Exposition Polixeni Papapetrou : Between Worlds The worlds of Polixeni Papapetrou are increasingly fantastical in this new exhibition Between Worlds. To understand the influences and references in her work we must look not only to photography (Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Diane Arbus), but more pertinently to painting (in this exhibition, Caspar David Friedrich, Hans Holbein and John Whistler for example). However new anxieties about the depiction of children are one of the motivating forces behind this striking new series by an artist committed to the portrayal of the reality of children.
In Between Worlds Papapetrou has photographed children acting as animals in the landscape. The identity of her child actors is discretely hidden behind masks. This clever device elevates her characters to participants in an absurdist drama, which is both recognisable and ... Exposition Between Worlds, Polixeni Papapetrou Depuis 2002, Polixeni Papapetrou photographie ses enfants et leurs amis dans des scènes d’extérieur, au sein de la nature australienne. Dans Between Worlds, les enfants portent des masques d’animaux et sont représentés en êtres hybrides, des créatures à mi-chemin entre le monde animal et humain.
De telles représentations sont nombreuses dans la mythologie grecque par exemple et dans certaines religions. Mais rares sont celles qui montrent des enfants, sujet sans doute trop transgressif comme le souligne Susan Bright dans son essai sur ce travail récent de l’artiste.
Les treize images de Between Worlds n’ont cependant rien de choquant. Les enfants y portent des masques d’animaux glanés au cours de voyages, des habits v... Exposition Polixeni Papapetrou Games of Consequence Polixeni Papapetrou
Games of Consequence explores the themes that Papapetrou has consistently explored - the territory of female childhood and maturation. This new work is based on childhood memories of unregimented play. Polixeni Papapetrou recalls the spontaneity and freedom she experienced growing up spending hours playing with friends outside the home discovering worlds beyond her own. In contrast, she feels the generation of her own children has seen their liberty and exposure to the world diminished, perhaps by the lure of the artificial world of the screen and parental anxiety about children playing outside the safety of home.
Capturing the playful and sometimes emotional exchanges of her adolescent models, Papapetrou cinematically portrays a freedom and self-determination that children once experienced. Her... Exposition Melbourne Art Fair 2008 Melbourne Art Fair