11 Jan, 2023
The past and present collide seamlessly and collapse into one being or object within the frame. My presence is unfixed and absorbed into a darkness that carries me. This consumption creates a disconnect between the viewer's perception of my feminine body and what is being reflected in the photograph. I refer to my photographs as ‘cursed’, as they provide an overall glimpse into a world that is unsettling and infused with unapologetic characters. These characters are often played by myself, with my partner or my parents as we collaborate on disassembling notions of femininity, queerness and our roles in society. Our forms are sharply displaced in accordance with the riot grrrl movement and performance artists from the 1970s. Through performative gesture and movement I set the stage for my subjects to occupy specific spaces. These spaces encompass the subject and illuminate their presence. Their presence is often projected as disjointed, mystical, and unaware of the chaos that surrounds them. I place myself and others into situations where we collectively push our bodies to capture an exchange. This exchange often takes the form of an illusion where actions influence supernatural beings and forces.
Patricia Voulgaris is an artist from New York. Currently, she is an 2024 MFA candidate at the Yale School of Art. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2013 with a BFA in photography. Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions including Aperture Foundation, Rubber Factory, Red Hook Labs, Baxter Street at CCNY and Silver Eye Center for photography. Her photographs have been featured in publications such as Der Greif, Vice Magazine, Dear Dave Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, New York Magazine and The New York Times. She is the grant recipient of the Lucie Foundation, Aaron Siskind Foundation and SVA Faculty Award. Recently, she was named as a finalist for the 2022 Aperture Portfolio prize.