Kali Michailidis

Kali Michailidis — Displacement #1 and #2

Posted on January 15, 2014

Kali Michailidis explores how humans inhabit and use space.

The use of photography in my practice largely stems from how the medium lends itself to documenting and archiving. Although I create different bodies of work, they all function within the same ongoing archive I create. The framing and composition of the photographs allows the viewer to focus on line, form and colour. Juxtaposed against each other, seemingly disparate objects, landscapes and people bond together and create relationships where the viewer may not have expected them to occur. This is ultimately a search for an underlying universal relationship that ties objects, matter and events together.

The images in Displacement highlight how humans inhabit and use space. The seemingly familiar and banal objects in the images appear foreign and out of place. Although the photographs are taken at different locations, they are related – not only through the recurring pipework, but also in line and form. The extending lines in Displacement #2 suggest a compensation for the missing arms of the classical statue in Displacement #1. However, no complete explanation is offered, as the strangeness and absurdity of the placement of the sculpture in Displacement #1 lingers.

Displacement #1
Kali Michailidis
2014
Type C Photograph
8 x 10 in (unframed)

Displacement #2
Kali Michailidis
2014
Type C Photograph
8 x 10 in (unframed)

Kali Michailidis studied a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) at The University of Melbourne and Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.


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