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I AM NOT MALFUNCTIONING, YOU ARE

I AM NOT MALFUNCTIONING, YOU ARE

A photography exhibition by KOSTIS FOKAS

Presented by THE QUEER ARCHIVE and DALSTON SUPERSTORE

PRIVATE VIEW – Friday 14th November 2014

EXHIBITION RUNS – 15.11.14 – 08.02.15

CURATORS – Saskia Wickins & Konstantinos Menelaou

ASSISTANT CURATOR – Emily Bryson

DALSTON SUPERSTORE 117 KINGSLAND HIGH STREET, LONDON, E8 2PB  

In his first solo exhibition in the UK, Greek photographer Kostis Fokas presents a selection of photographs from his series “I Am Not Malfunctioning, You Are”.

The exhibition provides an unparalleled insight into Fokas’ evocative work and shines a light on his world of erotic surreality.

In this body of work Kostis Fokas searches for a new take on the human body and seeks to explore its infinite capabilities. 

His photographs are a testimony of human sculpture; a landscape where the bizarre meets the ordinary.

In this alternate universe, everyday objects and props are contrasted with partial nudes and covered faces, suspended somewhere between reality and fantasy.

As the title suggests, the artist allows his models to interact freely, most of the times in uncanny and unpredictable ways, often conveying a sense of surrender and submissiveness.

Instead of capitalising on the feelings of the objects portrayed through the use of faces and expressions, Fokas shifts his focus on the complete freedom pertained to the image of a human body. “Stripped from its clothes, I leave it fully exposed and completely surrendered”.

Fokas views the exhibition as the conclusion and completion of the creative process surrounding this series of work and as an intermediary step for new projects to follow.

For this next exhibition Dalston Superstore is proud to welcome a very long awaited collaboration, colliding two elements that have ran perfectly in unison for some time, The Queer Archive.

The Queer Archive is a platform for visual content and communication. Through a series of parties and events the Queer Archive brings together established as well as new artists and assists them for the production and exhibition of their practice in their chosen art form.

The Queer Archive is also an online library of film and video work, a point of reference beyond contemporary trends and persuasions. Its content covers current as well as older issues and our contributors span from a wide range of backgrounds and agendas.

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***This is Saskia Wickin’s final curtain call curating at Dalston Superstore. After nearly three years she has exhibited over 20 shows working with a variety of mediums with a huge range of people and specialists and been an integral part of the Dalston Supestore team***

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