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With my lens, I explore the boundaries between reality and illusion and create intimate, obscure, unsettling universes. Interacting with surrounding elements, nature, the built environment, and the human body, experimenting with scanograms and mixed media techniques, 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.


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I am a lens-based media artist with a background in Software Engineering and Project Management (MBA). Growing up in Greece and Germany in an interdisciplinary and multilingual environment influenced my Science and Art journey and my passion for languages and travelling. I speak English, French, German, and Greek.

Since 2016, I have presented my work in exhibitions in Switzerland, Italy, and the USA. Notably, in 2023, I exhibited my multimedia project Wunderkammer at the Liquida Photofestival in Torino; in New York, I presented 2022 my video work at the ICP Museum. In May 2023, GUP Magazine selected me as a FRESH EYES International Talent for their Conceptual & Fashion publication. While graduating in 2022 from the Creative Practices Program at the International Center of Photography (ICP), I curated for the ICP Library a Photo Book Display exhibition entitled Out of this World.

Based in New York and Geneva, I maintain an art practice in film and digital photography, video, and sound. As part of my research on materials and post-production techniques, I specialise in creating Fine Art Prints and working in Post-Production.

2023  Parallel Horizons Exhibition, Chashama Gallery, Chelsea, New York

          14 September - 4 October 2023


2023  Black and White Exhibition, Decode Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

          13 May - 3 June 2023


2023  Better Days will come, Liquida Photofestival Exhibition, Torino, Italy

          4 - 7 May 2023


2022  Shifting SelvesICP Certificate Programs Exhibition 2022, ICP Museum, New York

          10 – 15 May 2022  


2021  This Was the Year that Was, ICP Certificate Programs Exhibition 2021, online

          18 June – 30 September 2021  


2019  Trouble and Silence, Duo Show, Galerie Marchande, Nyon, Switzerland

           31 October - 7 December 2019


2019  Light Up. A la recherche de son expression photographique, Banque Pictet, Geneva

          17 June - 17 July 2019


2017  Trouble(s) - Les members de soutien de Focale exposent, Esp’Asse, Nyon, Switzerland

          2 - 14 December 2017


2016  Les coulisses de la création photographique, Esp’Asse, Nyon, Switzerland

          3 - 15 December 2016


2016  Entre ici et là – Outdoor Exhibition of Photo Club Pictet, Acacias Street, Geneva

          21 June - 21 July 2016

Awards | Competitions | Open Calls

2023  FRESH EYES International Talent - Conceptual Category, GUP Magazine, Netherlands


2023  Decode Gallery Open Call, Selected for Black and White Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona


2023  Liquida Photofestival Open Call, Selected for Better Days will come Exhibition, Torino, Italy 


2022  Out of this World, Photo book Display Exhibition, ICP Library, New York, 9 - 15 May 2022 

2023  FRESH EYES International Talent, Conceptual & Fashion, GUP Magazine, NL


2023  Better Days will come, Liquida Photofestival Catalog, Torino, Italy


2022  SHIFT, ICP Certificate Programs Student Publication, New York


2019  Light Up. L’écriture photographique, 1-Year Workshop Publication, Geneva, Switzerland


2017  EchotrapCover photo of the novel Carbon, Kichli Publishing, Athens, Greece


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


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


CERT Full-time 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

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