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Helen Sartinas

Medium: digital print
Size: 29.7 x 42.0 cm
Price: $500

Artist Statement

I am Helen Sartinas and am an artist, sometimes. I like to use photography and digital media to tell stories. I am particularly interested in exploring themes of identity and place and the relationship in between.

This piece is the opening of a six part sequence where I try to deconstruct the idea of identity through the symbol of the Stoli – the Greek National Costume. It begins with the image of the subject sleeping. However she could also be dreaming. We are not sure whether her state of dreaming is an illusory manifestation of a past life.

The aim of the work is to represent the connection between identity and memory making. Nostalgia plays a big part in shaping identities for those who come from a diaspora community. The past is recontextualised in the present – always imminent and always undergoing change.