With “Fotomonday“, each week we showcase the work of women photographers from around the world.
I grew up in a country where shaming is a lifelong tradition for positioning someone in society. What makes us escape our own country and how do we live based on values we once learnt and always questioned? How do we struggle, allow and accept? Aidos talks about the idea behind what we see, what we feel, how we express desire and what we believe is possible, all filtered through, and constrained by, society. In my effort to draw the portrait of Greece in transition, I came across a constant worry steaming from comparison of the self’s state of being with the ideal social context’s standard. Keeping in mind the idea of naivety behind our choices, I hope to document the freedom of the commonplace and the individual struggle of the becoming. In Greek mythology, Aidos was the goddess of shame, modesty and humility.
Born in 1989 in Athens, Ioanna Sakellaraki is a graduate of photography, journalism and culture. Through personal and subjective forms of documentary photography she explores the fine line between isolation and obsession looking into the connection of humans with places. She has exhibited her work in three solo exhibitions and several photography festivals including Athens Photo Festival, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival and Retina Scottish International Photography Festival among others. Her work Aidos was shortlisted for the Prix Levallois 2018 in France. She is currently based in Brussels and is a Contributor for Barcroft Media and Caters News Agency providing photography content to major global media such as The Guardian, CNN, The Telegraph and Getty Images
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