Suspended Time - Encounters in the light of Cuba
Exhibition: – 7 Dec 2003
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
3, Navarchou Votsi str.
The exhibition Suspended Time opens on the 19th of November at 20:00 at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography. It is a new photographic project which, last May, was awarded with the European Publishers Award, a prise that is organised by publishers from six European countries. Dario Mitidieri, Bruce Gilden, Toni Catani and Simon Norfolk are few of the former winners among several other famous photographers. The prise is sponsored by Leica, the famous photographic manufacturer. "Haris Kakarouhas has taken these pictures in 'available light' presenting their subject in a natural light and in a natural habitat. Such pictures are trustworthy, and in addition they show respect for the subject. They imply that the depicted person has his own space and place, a space which is inhabited. Faces emerge from darkness, and are picked out by light. There are a number of instances amongst these Cuban portraits in which pieces of light seem to touch the subject. Haris Kakarouhas's pictures are characterised by saturated colour, in the way that Jan Van Eyck's religious paintings are. I would say that saturated colour points to desire, to 'the desire of the eyes'. The saturated colours, of draperies in particular, supplement vision, for they place it with aroma and taste. Desire, in terms of appetite, has not been a feature of photography for some time, and it is certainly worth remarking on. Saturated colour inheres in its objects and gives then an added presence. The portraits Haris Kakarouhas thinks of more as presences than as representations. He seems to try to localise colour, and to show it 'emerging from darkness'." (Adopted and adjusted from Ian Jeffrey's Time out of Mind) Haris Kakarouhas was born in Athens. He studied Cartographic Design at the University of Thessaloniki and received his Master's on Color Theory and Visual Perception at the University of Glasgow. He is currently completing his PhD at the School of Art and Design of the University of Derby. His photographs of Cuba were taken over a period of nine months, during consecutive visits to the island in 2001 and 2002.