“Urban Secret Garden” is a work in progress. It consists of three chapters: “Urban Secret Garden - why the night”, “Urban Secret Garden - Mediterranean air” & “Urban Secret Garden - the Ano Poli suite”. The project started as an improvisation of an aimless walk. At first, during my dawn-walks, I reflected on the “floral fabric motifs of my childhood in the women’s prêt-a-porter family business” (established in Thessaloniki’s 1970s, to close down in late 1990’s). Very soon, I focused on the cityscape. Thessaloniki since 2008, just as the whole country, experiences a major socioeconomic crisis. I came across abandoned buildings, small-scale hovels, construction sites, vacant parking lots, closed down enterprises - all human wounds. The stroll is uncertain and so am I. Current history is under construction.
“I work with film and an analog 6 X 6 format camera. After processing the film I digitize my negatives. By using daylight film, long exposures, the ambient artificial city light, supplementary flash lights and digital color processing I get very rich colors. Frontal views and the austerity of the square format are key elements to my photographic aesthetic.”
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Born and based in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Studied Photography (Bachelor of Fine Arts) at the Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus – Ohio, USA). An intern at Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.) & at Leo Castelli Gallery, Baron/Boisanté Editions, Cheryl Pelavin Editions, New York City (1991-92). A scholarship recipient at graduate program Body Academy - International Women's University (EXPO 2000), Hannover – Germany . A resident artist at USF Kulturhuset, Bergen - European Capital of Culture (2000) & at Eagles Palace Residency Program (Photography Edition) - Halkidiki (2015).
Her photography project “The Secure, Private Domain of My Home (1996 2001) - Zero to Five”, published by Cube Art Editions was sponsored by the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation - Athens (2002).
The first edition of her photography project “Urban Secret Garden”, was shortlisted for the 6th Int’l Fotobook Dummy Award – Kassel .
In 2016 the book “Urban Secret Garden – a trilogy book of photographs”, with new editing and book design, was selfpublished in Thessaloniki (A Print On Demand Edition of 444 copies).
Her books belong in a number of International Photobook Library Collections:
Fondazione Studio Marangoni Library, Florence – Italy, The Library Project, 4Temple Bar, Dublin - Ireland , National Superior School of Photography Library, Arles – France, Encontros da Imagem Photobook Library, Braga – Portugal, Kassel Photobook Dummy Archive, Kassel – Germany, Turma’s Library, Buenos Aires – Argentina, Aperture Library, NYC – USA, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven - USA < http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/collections >, .
Her oeuvre has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. L.N. photographs are represented in private and public Art Collections [EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens), Thessaloniki Photography Museum and Architekturbild EV, Stuttgart ].
A practicing artist for over 25 years; she teaches photography since 1994 to young photographers of all ages.
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