Polixeni Papapetrou is a photographic artist who explores the relationship between history, contemporary culture, identity and being. Since 2002, she has been exploring the cultural positioning of childhood. Creating fantastical worlds that feature her children, transformed with masks and costumes and set against both real and imagined backdrops, the characters in her photographs inhabit other times and places. By focusing on the theatricality and face of childhood, Papapetrou explores an unconscious realm between the real and the imaginary, archetype and free play, child and adult and photography’s capacity to bridge truth and fiction. Especially interesting for us is her 2013 series The Gillies, which features a ghillie suit – a kind of camouflage clothing developed by Scottish gamekeepers - in different settings. This work was inspired by the artist’s then 14-year-old son Solomon, who was familiar with the ghillie suit through playing the video game Call of Duty.
LINK: Polixeni Papatreou