SOTIRIS TSAGATAKIS DOCUMENTS HIS REHABILITATION AND LIVED ENVIRONMENT IN A THERAPEUTIC PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES, “LUX INTERIOR”

Photography played a practical and therapeutic role: it helped me get closer to my people, talk to them again, feel them, make them feel me and create important moments with them.

Having completed the last phase of my rehabilitation, I began a new life, in a new home. At the same time, I started my studies in photography. For two years, I photographed the place where I was living, the people who were visiting it, my parental home and the people from my family environment. A painful process, as I had to create or redefine lost or damaged relationships. Relationships with other people and myself. Photography played a practical and therapeutic role: it helped me get closer to my people, talk to them again, feel them, make them feel me and create important moments with them. It contributed in rebuilding or creating intimate relationships that I never had or I had lost. This contact was an “inner luxury” to me and a guiding “inner light”.

Sotiris Tsagatakis is a Greek photographer based in Athens. His involvement with photography began in 2012, in the photo lab of the psychological rehabilitation unit of  “18 Ano”. He then went on to study photography at the FOCUS school of Art photography, Video and New Technologies, and currently works as a freelance photographer.

Tsagatakis has participated in individual and group exhibitions in Athens, as well in the 5th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki in June, 2015, in a group exhibition in collaboration with the Depression Era collective. From December 12th 2014 to January 18th 2015, he participated in Depression Era collective’s workshop, titled “New Documents”, with instructors Pavlos Fysakis and Pasqua Vorgia.

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