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Sophia Petrides

Window at the backyard, attraction of a gaze, Greece, 2007

Digital prints (Edition of 3),
135X210 cm

Courtesy of the artist and ZONE D - Zoumboulakis Galleries

Based onKalliopi Minioudaki's writing in the ZONE D catalogue, one understands that in Sophia Petrides’ "Window at the Backyard: Attraction of a Gaze", Petrides exposes the blend of real expanse and imaginary expanse, and the outcome repeats, almost like an echo, the manner in which photography exposes ‘the optical unconscious’, as understood by Walter Benjamin. Manifestations of déjà vu, whether architectural or natural, ‘brought to light’ in this manner are what give her no respite. The identical doors in the houses at Number Seven or Eight in reflections of Berlin streets, or the two stone vultures she sets side-by-side in the same installation are a trans-Atlantic mirror image uncovered fortuitously – for the source of one is in New York, the other in Berlin.

Petrides’ works are a combination of intriguing revelations of anthropomorphic objects, inaccessible figures and tranquil interiors, characterized by images of spaces generally recomposed in hypnotizing fashion by means of the rhythmic and rhymed exposure of their components. But the digital photograph, in its reconfiguration, is just the first means towards a private “pilgrimage” in the marginal expanse of environments populated subjectively – an expanse simultaneously physical, mental and psychic – and an unending exploration of that evasive portion that insists on remaining unknown of the image, of what artists term “pleasurable meaning“.