“I see ‘Futures Artists’ as an ambitious initiative for facilitating part of my photographic journey throughout the next 12 months. I look forward to working with leading experts and curators in the industry while growing as a photographer. I believe that being provided with a robust structure and guidance while further developing my practice, will help me in my long-term photographic journey and strengthen my goals and career development.” – Ioanna Sakellaraki
Originally from Greece, Ioanna is now living in London and is Graduating this year from the Royal College of Art in London with a Masters in Photography. She attained her diploma in photography in 2017 and also holds MA in European Urban Cultures and a BA in Communication & Mass Media.
Ioanna has exhibited her work internationally including London, Paris, Dublin and most recently Tokyo. She has been nominated of numerus photography awards and winner of International Photography Grant Creative Prize 2019 and The Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary Award 2018.
The Truth is in the Soil started evolving four years ago, when the death of my father sparked a journey back home and the exploration of traditional Greek funerary rituals.
In the crossroads of performance and staged emotion, I aim to look at how the work of mourning contextualises modern regimes of looking, reading, and feeling with regards to the subject of death in Greece today. Making a work about grief requires a journey through memory and memory loss.
In a way, these images work as vehicles for mourning perished ideals of vitality, prosperity and belonging, attempting to tell something further than their subjects by creating a space where death can exist.
By consciously adding another layer of intervention to what has been documented as real, I aim at refiguring an absent language of thought around grief based on the rhythm of occurrence and deferral of the unspoken, death.