Fokas upends our perceptions and finds a beautifully vulgar side of minimalism. Read more below.
Kostis Fokas can make a pristine white photo feel lurid and dangerous. Obscenity is in the eye of the beholder. His vision adds a certain brazen quality to this series. But looked at objectively, the content is very mild. It's as if he tricked us into seeing the shockingly sexual aspect of the everyday.
All I need is love/ all I have is porn (2017), Kostis Fokas
This project goes out to the new generation, the indigenous people of the digital world. Are you searching for Love while trapped in Porn? Do you crave to stroke flesh but the closer you get is scrolling down your screen? This set of nudes comments on the complex interplay between the experience of the body and the effects of this experience’s simulation via the image. Blatantly erotic yet mystically romantic, these photos question the boundaries set through contemporary digital interaction. This new project is stripped from all the previous surreal and vivid shades of Fokas’ aesthetics only to reveal a bold approach to the way the young individual beholds another body in physical and digital terms. The artist’s virtuosity swings among vulgarism and intimacy in a feast of visual treason.