The Interval of Unreason
The series began during the lockdown, on the Aegean island of Patmos. The so-called Island of the Apocalypse is the place from where visions of mankind's ultimate downfall sprang, inspiring Saint John, to write the Book of Revelation. Under the raw winter moonlight, the islandic settlements reveal themselves as a sketch for a shelter from a cosmic disaster, a darkling site where the phantoms of imagination, personal loss and historic elegy occupy a transitional zone between the sublime, the cosmic and the solemn.
Ioanna Sakellaraki is a Greek visual artist. Her work investigates the relationship between collective cultural memory and fiction. She was recently awarded a Doctoral Scholarship for undertaking her PhD in Art after graduating from an MA Photography from the Royal College of Art. Her work has been exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries across Europe, Morocco and Israel with a recent solo show at the European Month of Photography in Berlin in 2020.
How does one pair a crisply rendered astronomical view with a foggy pictorialist picture of a train in the snow? I don’t know, but Ioanna Sakellaraki does. I’m excited to see where this work takes me next.