ISLAND HOPING de CHRISTINA DIMITRIADIS
by CHRISTINA DIMITRIADIS
This project casts a penetrating gaze on limits as moving, variable focal points, as borders, or walls, both threatening and sheltering at the same time. In this photographic series featuring islets of the Aegean, devoid of human presence, the human element is suggested by the limit, whether visible or not to the viewer, which pops up in the form of either a desert or an inhabited place. Each rocky island in the series Island Hoping is a placeless place and, as such, it may be a stop on the journey; it may also be the ﬁnal destination. These rocks may either be parts of islands or solitary formations –distant utopias or childhood dreams. They may also be dry, inaccessible, barren, and hostile. In the Mediterranean, dotted with islands and rock formations familiar to humans since the times of the Odyssey, a cliff perhaps awaits to swallow or crush you. In art, the topic of life and death always involves an optimistic treatment of the mental defence mechanisms against threats to our life or identity; the shifts of the limits through which the human mind deals with anything that threatens its existence. Thus, in the wordplay of the title, in which Christina Dimitriadis removes a consonant from hopping to arrive at hoping, she transforms hopping from island to island, from rock to rock, to being suspended between the hope of endurance and the unforeseen fall, the end of the journey.
Denys Zacharopoulos (extract)
Studio Lialios Vazoura