With my lens, I explore the boundaries between reality and illusion and create intimate, obscure, unsettling universes. Interacting with surrounding elements, nature, and the human body, I translate memories, experiences, and my own emotions into visual stories. 

  

Inspired by a place, I return to inhabit it further, initially through photography and later through video or sound recording, which I distort to create new sounds. I directly introduce human presence through self portraits and portraits of persons close to me. 

 

I seek beauty in imperfection, uncharacteristic views, unseen details. Ideally, through exhibitions or artist books, I aim to invite others into my world, asking them to feel and respond in a personal introspective way to the unspoken narrative or autobiographical context of my work.

Bio

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Contact

maria.sarafi@gmail.com

+41 78 908 32 46

I am a lens-based media artist who grew up between Greece and Germany. I speak Greek, English, French and German. Since 2015 I have participated in workshops and masterclasses and my work has been presented in exhibitions in New York, Geneva and Nyon. In 2022 I graduated from the full-time Creative Practices Program of the International Center of Photography. Based in New York and Geneva, I maintain my art practice in photography, video and sound.

Education

CERT One-Year Creative Practices Program, International Center of Photography, New York

 

MSc   Environment and Development, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

 

MBA   National Technical University of Athens, Greece

 

DIPL   Computer Engineering and Informatics, University of Patras, Greece

Exhibitions

Shifting Selves

ICP Museum, New York, 10 – 15 May 2022  

 

This Was the Year that Was

ICP One-Year Certificate Program Exhibition 2021, 18 June – 30 September 2021  

 

Trouble and Silence
Galerie Marchande, Nyon, Switzerland, 31 October - 7 December 2019

 

Light-Up. A la recherche de son expression photographique

Banque Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland, 17 June - 17 July 2019

 

Trouble(s) - Les members de soutien de Focale exposent

Esp’Asse, Nyon, Switzerland, 2 - 14 December 2017

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Silence - Masterclass Exhibition

Esp’Asse, Nyon, Switzerland, 3 - 15 December 2016

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Entre ici et là – Outdoor Exhibition of Photo Club Pictet

Acacias Street, Geneva, Switzerland, 21 June - 21 July 2016

Publications

Cover photo of the novel “Carbon”, Kichli Publishing, Athens, Greece, 2017

 

“Regard(s)”, Banque Pictet’s Photo Club Review, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017

 

“Club Photo News”, Banque Pictet’s Photo Club Review, Geneva, Switzerland, 2016

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