After Echo

An emotional response to space and time during the pandemic

Words by

Daphne Kotsiani

© Daphne Kotsiani | After Echo

During the pandemic, I had the need for introspection and reflection. I felt the urge to explore the possibilities for something I could relate to, which could deeply move me, evoking memories and emotions. I wanted to create a visual and poetic territory that would act as the link between reality and a universe where a harmonious correlation could be achieved between the fantasy of an escape and the mysteries of dreams.

© Daphne Kotsiani | After Echo

My series "After Echo" depicts an internal journey that resonates with my silent encounters with nature and places I visited over the last ten years. It's an attempt to convey a sense of longing for a timeless beauty, to portray the essence behind the apparent and the perpetual presence of the sublime. "After Echo" constitutes an emotional response to the proportions of space and time.

© Daphne Kotsiani | After Echo

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Through conversations of fragments of memory, experiences are reconstructed, emotions are transformed and create the silent context that seems to be the hope for the embrace between the past and the future. The significant places that magnetize me in this work are essentially honest testimony to achieving a goal, which is nothing more than the pursuit of inner peace as a permanent state. Ultimately, at its core, it's about the awareness of one being present and the reconnection of oneself with the whole.

© Daphne Kotsiani | After Echo
© Daphne Kotsiani | After Echo
Daphne Kotsiani was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, and studied classical piano. She works as a musician, participating in numerous concerts and festivals in the field of contemporary classical, experimental and jazz-improvised music. Since 2010, she uses photography as her main medium of expression and exploration. Daphne Kotsiani has attended seminars at "Stereosis" School of Photography in Thessaloniki, and photography master-classes by Haris Kakarouhas, Michael Ackerman and Ilias Georgiadis. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions, and she has published two photo books: "Iceland-In the Land of Ice and Fire" (2011) and "Beyond The Arctic Circle" (2016).

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