Polixeni Papapetrou Captures the Real and Unreal

Quirky and myth-like, the photography work of photo-based artist Polixeni Papapetrou transcends the mundane into a world that is full of imagination while still tenuously linked to reality. Spectacularly shot in scenic settings, each image captures human subjects who have been craftily turned into almost-cartoon versions of themselves thanks to the creative use of masks.

Born and based in Melbourne, Australia, Polixeni Papapetrou is a master of staging, the type that stems from theater and cinema. There is also something vintage about each shot, as though these characters lived in an age long before the one that exists now. Adrian Martin notes, "Her work devotes itself to a careful, loving, sharp-eyed study of the postures, gestures and attitudes that have been immortalised in the various registers of pictorial representation down the ages - painting, photography, sculpture, cinema, advertising."