Photography can lead you though terrifying experiences and through the warmest baths of love if you are brave enough to let it. When it comes to photography, Stelios is certainly prolific. Blurring the boundaries between parallel narratives occurring within the same location, Stelios uses photography as a vessel to discuss some of the larger problems our world is facing. We asked him what inspires his work and what he has installed for 2017.
If you haven’t seen the exquisitely raw photography by Stelios, it might just be the thing to take you somewhere a little sweeter this afternoon.
KD — Where are you from and what do you love about your hometown?
SK — I was born in Limassol, Cyprus. What I love most about Limassol is the sea.
When did you first start taking photos?
I started taking photos whilst I was studying History and Archaeology in Greece. My contact with art history made me want to actively pursue art.
What type of camera do you most enjoy using?
CANON 5DS R
What themes or ideas do you find yourself drawn to with your work?
I am interested in how images blur the boundaries between documentary and fiction. My practice explores the intersections of space, place, time and history as manifestations of meaning.
Who inspires you?
These days I am deeply inspired by a jazz-rock band from the 70s called Placebo. Great music.
Can you tell us more about the Flamingo Theatre collection?
Flamingo theatre is about an area called in Limassol called Akrotiri. It is a British sovereign military base (the British Parliament recently allowed the base to be used in operations against ISIS in Syria). At the same time, one finds there a salt lake that is a very important wetland habitat in the southeast Mediterranean, where thousands of migrating birds -including Greater Flamingos- find shelter during their migration journey. Then there’s Lady’s Mile beach with its holidaymakers, as well as Cyprus’ largest port. All these different identities coexist within a very small space, creating a weird crossover of synergies and antinomies. I saw the area as a huge theatre stage, on which small and big tragedies unfold.
What do you like to do when you are not creating?
Hanging around with my friends. Traveling. Chilling with my cats. Reading…
What part of your life do you need to take more slowly?
I think I have to work less and enjoy more quality time with people I love.
What was the first piece of art that had an impact upon you?
Landscapes for the Homeless – Anthony Hernandez
If you had one tip for an emerging photographer, what would it be?
Keep doing what you really love – everything else is secondary.
Who’s work would you love to own a piece of?
What will 2017 bring?
2017 will surely usher in new adventures. I am preparing two new projects that will soon be presented in solo and group shows. At the same time, I have started working on some new ideas that I want to develop in 2017.
Where can we find more of your work?