What course do you study and what year are you in?
A 3rd-year student and I’m Studying History of Art.
What does your work aim to say?
Generally, my body of work has no firm distinction between fine art, personal, commercial and editorial. Art for me is a combination of aesthetics and morality with no real importance of talent, techniques, equipment, procedure, performance and execution but pure ideology.
Specifically, my short film ‘Frost of Heat’ explores the Greek identity in the 21st century during the economic crisis but also my very difficult relationship with Greece, having spent there the worst and the best times of my life.
My photographic series ‘Body as Costume’ explores how the body is the tool shaping society’s concepts of gender, sexuality, and sex. The series is an effort to lessen the dictation of gender boundaries and a call for redefining the ideals of male beauty and of gender identities in our culture. I created this series after seeing that most feminist photographic approaches in tackling the subject of gender usually portray empowered women with masculine attributes and men with feminine attributes are being excluded from the conversation.
Why did you choose this aim?
I stand in support of all minorities, always and forever. Through my work, I try to push the boundaries of social norms by voicing the struggles of under-represented groups.
Who/what are your biggest influences?
Art, Fashion, Cinema, Feminism, Gender Theories and Social Issues.
Pablo Picasso, Carlota Guerrero, Ren Hang, Spike Jonze, Rene Magritte, David Lynch and Ryan McGinley.
What made you decide to use your particular medium and style?
I aspire to be a film director but taking in consideration the complexity in the process of making a film, I took up photography in 2015 as a way to control my aesthetic abilities in a single frame before moving to 25 frames per second. I ended up loving the medium of photography and now I’m trying to establish a career as both a filmmaker and a photographer.
What made you choose this (these) piece(s) for this exhibition?
I chose these pieces because I believe that they have important stories to tell that needed to be heard in a public space.
What was your artistic process of creating these pieces?
The shooting of the film took place at a small island in Greece, called Elafonisos, over the period of 10 days. The photographic series was shot indoors in a couple of hours but both projects took almost a year to be completed. I plan and research extensively the themes of my projects prior to production and I like to take my time in post-production making sure that the end-result is well-though up to every detail
I am more than grateful for the insightful contributions and the trust in my vision of the model of the photos, Konstandinos Georgopoulos, and the performer of the film, Grigoria Metheniti.
Are you on any social media that people could follow up on?
-Questions: David Nkansah
-Photography and Words: Petros Aronis
Body as Costume, 2017:
Photographer: Petros Aronis
Model: Konstandinos Georgopoulos
Title: Oh, Jeff… I love you, too…But… (Triptych).
After Roy Lichtenstein.
Title: DEATH OF A DISCO DANCER.
Frost of Heat, 2017:
Director/Producer/Editor: Petros Aronis
Performance: Grigoria Metheniti
Soundtrack: ‘The White Lady’ by Kristof from the album ‘The Oracle’.