Evangelia Kranioti


Evangelia Kranioti is a Greek-born (1979) director and visual artist based in Paris, France. Her artistic work encompasses photography, video, installation and has been showcased both nationally and internationally: Paris Photo, Mois de la Photo, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, Greek State Museum of contemporary art, Festival VIA, Festival EXIT, Lille 3000, MAC Créteil, Galerie Xippas, Kyotographies/Japan, FotoRio/Brazil, Biennale de Belleville, CentQuatre, Bruxelles Nuit Blanche, Musée de Beaux-Arts de Rennes, MUSA Museum/Vienna, Austrian Cultural Forum NY, NY Photo Festival, Centre d’art contemporain de Genève, Palazzo Grassi Venice, Faena Art Miami, Faena Art Buenos Aires. 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 2-year audiovisual research in cinema and new media.

Exotica, Erotica, Etc.

HD Video, 1’ 13”, with sound

Exotica, Erotic, 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. These 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, are ignited 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 Daneides’ barrel that one desperately attempts to fill and that never ceases to drain away.