Born in 1989 in Athens, Ioanna is a graduate of photography, journalism and culture. She is interested in the relationship between her photography practice and ideas relating to aesthetically “mapping” the historical and contemporary context of relations with global and social systems of power. She has exhibited her work in three solo and several group exhibitions in Europe. She is currently a Contributor for Barcroft Media and Caters News. Ioanna received an Honourable Mention from: International Photography Awards, Prix De La Photographie Paris Awards, Neutral Density Awards in 2017. She is currently based in Brussels.
Ioanna Sakellaraki

Aidos and Apheleia

Shame is a painful, social emotion that forms the collective conscience. I grew up in a country where shaming is a lifelong tradition for positioning someone in 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. What interests me in this work is 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. 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 and Apheleia was the spirit and personification of ease, simplicity and primitivity in the good sense, ”the good old days”.