In her solo exhibition at FokiaNou Art Space, Dimitra Gounari presents a series of new photographic landscapes embodying multi-layered perspectives through her use of mirrors. By using mirrors she invites viewers into the artist's world and makes them feel part of her experience. The body and the landscape are presented in multiple deconstructions in a confusion of reflections in order to highlight a new multi-layered interpretation of reality, where the different parts recreate our relationships with the 'other' and the natural landscape. Dimitra Gounari states: "Mirrors, which complete the landscape, act to break down our fixed perceptions of our world, while at the same time they offer new dynamics for a new repositioning of human coexistence with the natural landscape. The mirror represents fragility and the exploration of 'self' which is always a starting point for me."
Dimitra Gounari is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sound and Image of the Ionian University, holds a Master of Arts in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths College-University London U.K., with a scholarship from the I.K.Y. State Scholarship Foundation, and is a graduate of the Department of Photography of the TEI of Athens. She has taught at the Department of Photography and Audiovisual Arts of the University of West Attica, the Visual Arts course at the IB Diploma of Geitona Schools and is an IB DP Visual Arts examiner. Her work has received distinctions and awards from institutions and photography competitions such as the Ministry of Culture of the French Community of Belgium, the Melina Merkouri Foundation 2001, the Euro Press Photo Awards 2001, Fotografos magazine in 2002. She has exhibited in Greece, Belgium, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and been published in catalogs in the Greek and international press. Her work can be found in private and public collections such as the Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki and the Photographic Center of Athens.
FokiaNou Art Space is an artist-run project space in the intimacy of a small apartment in an old building in the center of Athens. The space encourages collaborative creative efforts between Greek and foreign artists, thereby promoting and supporting the local art community. Since 2016, under the direction and curatorship of visual artists Mary Cox and Panagiotis Voulgaris, over 50 exhibitions have been held, as well as workshops and talks. www.fokianou247.gr