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The Truth is in the Soil - Special Edition

The Truth is in the Soil - Special Edition

by Ioanna Sakellaraki

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The Truth is in the Soil by Ioanna Sakellaraki is a 5-year exploration of grief as an elegy to her late father and the dying tradition of mourning in Greece. After her personal loss, Sakellaraki’s own grieving process became the lens through which she investigated collective mourning in Greek society, the intersection of ancestral rituals, private trauma and the passage of time. Further inspired by the last communities of mourners on the Mani Peninsula of Greece as the doyennes of a dying tradition, the work explores mortuary rituals as a way of humans adapting to death.

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The images in the project—landscapes and portraits—derive from Sakellaraki’s medium format photographs. Through both manual and digital processes she adds
layers to what has been documented as real, rerouting the viewer through existing and imaginary spaces. For example, silhouettes of mourners gazing at mountain ranges appear weathered, time-worn fragile with cracks and damage, and other images are cut out, marked and drawn back together. There is a versatality though in the imagery, shifting from black and white to colour, the abstract to the figurative. Sakellaraki’s process acts as a visual representation of the gradual and irreversible loss of the departed in the mind and simultaneous
reconstruction of memories.

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Published April 2022
230 x 290 mm, 112 pages
Hardback clothbound
Book and 10 x 8″ archival pigment print in a slipcase
Edition of 50 copies
ISBN 978-1-910401-69-9

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  • Ioanna Sakellaraki (b.1989) is a Greek visual artist and researcher currently working across Australia and Europe. Her work investigates the relationship between collective cultural memory and fiction. Drawing emphasis on the photographic object, process and encounter, she explores the boundaries of a primitive, yet futuristic vision of places and people. She was recently awarded a Doctoral Scholarship for undertaking her PhD in Art after graduating with an MA Photography from the Royal College of Art. She is the recipient of The Royal Photographic Society Bursary Award 2018 and was the winner of a Sony World Photography Award in 2020. In 2019, she was awarded with the Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant in Tokyo and the International Photography Grant Creative Prize. Nominations include: the Inge Morath Award by Magnum Foundation in USA, the Prix HSBC, the Prix Levallois and the Prix Voies Off in France. Her work has been exhibited internationally in art festivals and galleries with recent solo shows in Tokyo, Melbourne, Belfast, Braga and Berlin. Her projects have been featured in magazines such as The New Yorker, TIME, Aesthetica and Wallpaper and journals including The Guardian, Financial Times and Deutsche Welle. She has been invited as a guest speaker in the Martin Parr Foundation and the London Institute of Photography amongst others. Her monograph ‘The Truth is in the Soil’ is published by London-based publisher GOST Books.

  • ‘In the wake of witnessing loss globally within our cultures and civilisations, I want to stimulate the viewer to rethink mortality through this imagined path of departure onto a new landscape. ..'The Truth is in the Soil', reflects on how my personal story has transformed into a collective narrative of loss aiming at contributing to the collection of tales of human struggle for meaning. To me, these images work as vehicles for mourning perished ideals of vitality, prosperity and belonging, attempting to tell something further than their subjects by creating a space where death can exist.’

    - Ioanna Sakellaraki