Evangelia Kranioti

Greece

Evangelia Kranioti is a Greek-born director and visual artist based in Paris, France. Her artistic work encompasses photography, video and installation – dealing with everything related to the picture in a variety of ways. She holds an LLB in Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In 2014, she graduated summa cum laude from the Fresnoy–Studio national des arts contemporains in France, where she completed a two-year audiovisual research project in cinema and new media.


Exotica, Erotica, Etc.

2015
HD Video, 1’ 13”, with sound


Exotica, Erotica, Ect. is a love note to the forgotten, hidden and ignored men and women whose long travels and bouts of loneliness are paradoxically essential for the very existence of our societies. In the terra incognita of the ports, sailors mingle with others, driven by a carnal desire to feel alive. The brief yet intense moments – when all ideological, cultural, political, ethical and social barriers disappear and two human beings face each other in their own nakedness – ignited the artist’s interest in the prostitutes encountered in the ports. Sailors and prostitutes form a stereotypical couple, providing a metaphor for man’s relationship with the other. Yet this metaphor is not about men leaving and women being left behind. It is about all things being ephemeral and eternal at the same time. It is about desire seen as a Danaides’ barrel that one desperately attempts to fill and that never ceases to drain away.

 

Screened at SF Kino.

Image: Evangelia Kranioti, Exotica, Erotica, Etc. (2015), HD Video, 1’ 13”, with sound, video still. Courtesy of the artist.