Stella Baraklianou (b. Greece) is a visual artist and lecturer. She holds a Practice-based Phd (2007) from Goldsmiths College, University of London and an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster, (2002) and has since lectured in contemporary art and photography.
A practice rooted primarily in photography and experimental processes, she is interested in blurring the boundaries between desire, fantasy and materiality.
The reflective material in her practice is a reference to travel and particularly outer-space travel, as it was initially developed by NASA for use in their spaceships. Using the material to light objects, or manipulate, cut and mirror them, are subsequently processes of experimentation on screen and physically.
Lately she has been working with digital fabrication and laser-cutting in her practice, utilising as main material the reflective Mylar. This is used either as a base to cut out onto, see documentation "Map: Utopia" (2017), or to create temporary installation sets, like her "Sun–Lounger" (2017).
A published academic, her writings include "pixel" and "moire effect" combining philosophy and photography. Currently she is Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield.
International exhibitions and residencies include, amongst others, "Photography is Magic", Aperture Foundation, New York, 2016 curated by Charlotte Cotton and "New Materiality" residency, at the Banff, Centre for Arts, Alberta, Canada.
Her work is held in private art collections in Los Angeles and the Paul D. Fleck Archive of Artists Books at the Banff Centre for Arts, Alberta, Canada.
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