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Vasili Papathanasopoulos is a photo-media artist in Sydney, Australia. 

All images © Vasili Papathanasopoulos

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contact: vasili.papath@gmail.com

RED

RED (2018) employs monochrome as a tool, not only to conceal the body, but draw attention to the political/cultural acts being performed upon it. The work also explores the employment of the monochromatic colour to pose questions about the desire to withdraw the self from self-representation. 

 

Taking hair cutting - as a familial ritual - as its focus, RED draws attention to a simple but loaded act being performed on the body. Culturally, hair cutting is seen as a celebration akin to a baptism, with a first hair-cut being a rite of passage. The work juxtaposes the intimate relationship between my sister and I through the violent but intimate act of cutting. Using colour as a device to draw attention to the act the work examines and critiques the way bodies have been written by society and the way they’re understood culturally.

6 channel video work.

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RED (2018) Installation View

RED (2018) Opening night installation view in ‘Call It What You Want To’ at the 2019 Sydney Fringe Festival. September at Bay 43, The Rocks. Image: Katerina Papathanasopoulos