Arcana | Alexei Siozov (GR)

Alexei Siozov | Solo Exhibition

Emerging photographer’s exhibition after an open call of the PhotoBiennale



A series of photographs inspired by Tarot cards.

Roles - Symbols firmly rooted in a society which has set in stone its ways of classifying people according to their qualities as well as their superficial, one-dimensional nature, thereby essentially ignoring their inner identification. The entirety of this venture is barely a simple photographic process; instead, it could be characterised as an overall performance. I personally sew and work on the clothes and other objects used and presented. I do not work with professional models; rather I prefer working with everyday, ordinary people. In my attempt to depict the most suitable –based on their personality traits as well as their experiences– individual, I get to know them personally prior to the photo shooting. Their roles are not random. On the contrary, my models’ roles derive from their own expectations and feelings. The portraits created mean much more than what is perceived at a first glance, as is the case with tarot cards.

“Arcana” comprises Major, which consists of 22 photographs, and Minor, which consists of another 56 photographs. My aesthetic approach, concerning cards, has been intimately connected with the aesthetics of the widespread since the middle of the 19th century albumen prints and Cabinet Cards.

Alexei Siozov

Alexei Siozov (GR)

Alexei Siozov is a photographer and visual artist, whose work explores archetypal symbolisms, universal patterns of human nature, religions and mythological narratives from around the world. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from University of Patras and a BA in Photography from Middlesex University of London. In 2016, he was presented to the wide public as one of the Young Greek Photographers during the European Month of Photography in Athens Photo Festival, while in 2018, he was selected to participate in the main program of the same festival as one of the principal photographers at the Benaki Museum and as a co-curator of its satellite exhibition Hiraeth.

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