Portraiture has been at the core of Georgia Metaxas’ work since 2004, examined predominantly through universal rituals and gestures. Metaxas employs a considered and deliberate approach, a conceptually inspired rendering drawn from the chaos of reality.
For her current work Metaxas investigates our inherent interest in embedding our likeness into material form, whilst considering the familiarity of the photographic portrait, representation and erasure.
Metaxas has exhibited widely including: Australia, China, Spain, Germany and the UK. Her work is held in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria. She holds a Master of Fine Art, Monash University, Melbourne Australia and currently lectures in Photography at Coventry and De Montfort Universities.
Gabriella Sancisi has employed portraiture within the field of fine art photography as a means to explore the relationships between sitter, photographer and camera through the various poses she asks her subjects to adopt. She is interested in self-consciousness and discomfort experienced by some in the presence of a camera. Her subjects are people who share a work or leisure activity and who are marked by their labour. The first series was stonemasons covered in marble dust and posed as marble busts. The portfolio of groups has continued to grow during the past 25 years and includes some video portraits that develop some of her earlier concerns.
The recent proliferation of the ‘selfie’ has challenged the status of photographic portraiture and forms part of Sancisi’s current area of study. The ‘selfie’ is the opposite to the medium format, studio-style portraits that she currently makes that are often large scale and in great detail whereas the ‘selfie’ is usually taken on a mobile phone in a posed but casual way. So she is examining her current practice within this new context.
For this exhibition – Esposito, Metaxas, Sancisi – she will show some Polaroid photographs taken during the past ten years. They are divided into the categories Landscape, Portrait and Still Life. The Polaroid is a unique object that encompasses the postmodern dilemma of high versus low art. A cheaply produced object that can be produced by anyone with access to the equipment but at the same time, like a painting, it is a one-off so has value in its uniqueness.
Sancisi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nottingham Trent University and holds a Masters degree from University of Westminster. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions and her work is held in public and private collections. She has taught at various UK universities at foundation, degree and masters level.
Giuseppina Esposito photographed the Dust series when she first visited some of the most remote places on the west coast of Ireland – an area which she continues to photograph almost obsessively every time she visits it. As she comes from Naples, where tides are virtually non-existent, she became intrigued by the constant and inevitable renewal process which the tidal cycle brings as it flows and ebbs. Esposito photographs these areas as empty, forlorn and seemingly otherworldly landscapes, and she re-works these through digital processes as if viewed as a distant memory.
More recently Esposito has photographed the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, excited by the notion that there are vast areas of land which remain unapproachable. In geological terms these have been formed only recently, and are as yet in part uncharted. The Untitled series, created initially through an analogue process, is then digitally manipulated to represent remoteness, discovery and renewal.
Giuseppina Esposito has exhibited her work internationally including Ireland, Italy, France and Russia. She studied Fine Art in London at Chelsea College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She has participated in art residencies in the UK and in Italy including Oreste. She currently teaches Art and Design Foundation at Kings Education where she also co-ordinates the program across the Kings group.