Fotis Ifantidis

Fotis Ifantidis’ Visualizing_neolithic blog was one of the early inspirations for this project. His work is exciting in that it subverts and challenges the very notion of what “good archaeological photography” is all about. His images are heavily post processed, often pixelated and distorted. His subjects often incorporate the archaeologists themselves, or their fingers holding or touching the objects. Fotis’ work seems to embody a post-punk grittiness that compliments a kind of confrontational attitdue in the material. Nevertheless, the images themselves form a cohesive body of work, creating a distinct narrative and expressing something decidedly different in the world of archaeology photography.

This is Fotis’ statement about his work:

Visualizing_neolithic emerged from my photographic experiments with my study material: the personal ornaments of the Neolithic site of Dispilio, Greece. It is probable that the aesthetic properties of this aspect of material culture, the jewelry, led me from controlled and academic scale-included photographic documentation to the much more free -therefore-artistic(?)- depictions of Neolithic material culture.

The photoblog that started in 2006, has been my private web-‘shrine’, always deriving from the excavation cosmos of Dispilio. This personal nature is furthermore emphasized with the titles accompanying the images, which certainly do not act as legends but as personal interpretations, ambiguous to the potential –invisible– readers of the blog.

One of these readers was Yannis Hamilakis who led me to new experiments, first with “The Other Acropolis” and then with the “Kalaureia in the Present” project.

Fotis Ifantidis is a PhD candidate in Prehistoric Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His thesis concerns “Practices of ‘Personal’ Adornment in Neolithic Greece”. Fotis is a long term photo blogger with his site Visualizing Neolithic.

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