Monday, April 2, 2018

Angelic Flights

A publication entitled “Angelic Flights” is currently in pre-production featuring artwork by Kon Markogiannis, haiku poems in English and Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock, Greek translations by Sarah Thilykou and Japanese translations by Maki Starfield.

“…the exquisite fusion of image and word renders a deeply satisfying aesthetic experience, whereby we are transmuted by its profundity, exquisiteness and light. Indeed, accomplished artists in their own right, photographer and poet have melded their talents to produce a visceral and ethereal monograph on the flights of angels and in turn have lifted up our souls to the very gods...”

-Paula Marvelly (Author & Editor, The Culturium)

“…these glimpses caught in words or images are each so weightless and so shifting that you could think they have no substance… that is, until the moment when like curling smoke and light they touch each other in the darkness, and a bright perception takes form, looks back at us, comes alive…”

-Philip Gross (Author & Professor of Creative Writing)

Monday, January 15, 2018


"For me cities are enormous bodies of people's desires."

-Daido Moriyama

Provoke is a photographic interpretation of the fragmentary nature of modern reality and a commentary on our obsession with the body, sex and materiality in general.

I chose to use high contrast, gritty and out of focus black and white photographs in order to convey the chaos of everyday existence and create an imaginal domain which gravitates between the objective and the subjective, the illusory and the real. The combination of photographs with other images (such as illustrations of butterflies, snakes and bones) was an attempt to create visual allegories and explore archetypal themes such as sin, redemption, death and rebirth.

The work ultimately serves as a metaphor for dark emotions and psychological states (isolation, fear, inner turmoil, subconscious desire etc). My harsh, crude depictions of the human body and the urban environment occupy an uncertain and uncomfortable territory that lingers between sensual pleasure and mental nightmare.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Kon Markogiannis, Gabriel Rosenstock and Sarah Thilykou: Angelic Flights

Kon Markogiannis and Gabriel Rosenstock offer a collaboration of image and word focusing on the fragility of life, with haikus in both English and Gaelic, as well as modern Greek translations by Sarah Thilykou.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Multifaith series

“If we take the world’s enduring religions at their best, we discover the distilled wisdom of the human race.”

 -Huston Smith

“If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

“…it is imperative that the followers of the various religions join their voices in calling for peace, tolerance, and respect for the dignity and rights of others.”

-Pope Francis

Multifaith is a series of photographs depicting various religious books and objects found in antique shops, second hand stores and flea markets. These items were chosen for their aesthetic and symbolic quality and were utilized as tools for research and contemplation. The main idea behind this undertaking was to create a pluralistic and all-encompassing type of artwork which comments on the variety of religious beliefs and identifies similarities between them.

The work was inspired and influenced by seventeenth century Dutch still life/vanitas paintings, which often contained religious and allegorical symbolism and generally alluded to the brevity of life and the transient nature of human pleasures. Another important source of inspiration was daily life in my hometown Thessaloniki (Greece), a multicultural melting pot where people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds have co-existed for hundreds of years.

During the course of the project I was immersed in the study of sacred texts, comparative religion, spiritual literature and perennial philosophy. I discovered many commonalities between religious faiths (eg. monotheistic religions such as Christianity, Islam and Judaism have common origins and share several beliefs and practices) and also became aware that “spirituality” is a topic which encompasses a broad spectrum of ideas which are not necesssarily religious or metaphysical. I was very interested in interpretations of the spiritual as an attitude of  brotherhood, interconnectedness and compassion towards the “other”. In Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for the New Millenium the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso defines spirituality as “those qualities of the human spirit -such as love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsiblity, a sense of harmony- which bring happiness to both self and others”.

Unfortunately we are currently witnessing phenomena such as polarization between the east and west, ideological extremism and “holy wars” which are threatening world peace and stability. In an age of globalization but also fragmentation and uncertainty my work aims to encourage dialogue between religions, and also aspires to promote an awareness of the commonality of humanity and a more tolerant and universal approach to the spiritual. The conceptual position at which I have arrived is that my artistic practice is not an end in itself, but rather a vehicle of research, integration and transformation, and a way for me to reflect on the social and spiritual condition of our time. I believe that the global language of art can help pave the path towards self-
discovery, respect towards fellow people and the evolution of humanity as a whole.

Selected Bibliography:

Armstrong, Karen (1994) A History of God. Ballantine Books.
Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2005) 50 Spiritual Classics. Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
Collazo Julie Schwietert, Rogak Lisa (2013) Pope Francis in his Own Words. Harper Collins Publishers.
Dalai Lama (1999) Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for the New Millenium. Little, Brown/Abacus Press.
Eliade, Mircea (1967) From Primitives to Zen. Harper Collins Distribution Services.
Frazer, James George (1950) The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion. Macmillan.
Gandhi, Mohandas (1983) An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Dover Publications.
Griffiths, Bede (1994) Universal Wisdom. Harper Collins Publishers.
Huxley, Aldous (2009) The Perennial Philosophy. Harper Perennial Modern Classics.
James, William (1983) The Varieties of Religious Experience. Penguin Classics.
Lee, Lydia (2015) Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector. Prestel.
Mazower, Mark (2004) Salonica City of Ghosts. Harper Collins Publishers.
Smith, Huston (2009) The World’s Religions. HarperOne.
Wolf, Norbert (2009) Still Life. Taschen.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Diffusion Volume IX

Kon Markogiannis is featured in Diffusion, Volume IX
Artfully Crafted Photography Annual
Pre-Order Sale: 124 pages, full colour, perfect bound softcover

Superstition Review

My work is featured in Superstition Review's 20th Issue.

Multifaith: project report

Multifaith is an ongoing series of photographs depicting various religious books and objects found in antique shops, second hand stores and flea markets. The work is mainly inspired by seventeenth century Dutch still life/vanitas paintings, which often contained religious and allegorical symbolism and generally alluded to the brevity of life and the transient nature of human pleasures.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Multifaith: work in progress

Working on a project called “Multifaith” which involves photographing objects and researching the world's religions and wisdom traditions.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Culturium

The Culturium explores the interface between mystical spirituality and the cultural arts. It is devoted to showcasing the compositions of writers, filmmakers, artists, performers, musicians, philosophers, sages and poets who have delved deep into the silence within and created work that is timeless, wise and beautiful.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Alternative Reality

“Divine Decay 39” selected for “Alternative Reality” exhibition (curated by Ashley Kauschinger for Float Magazine).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Archive: Soul Vessels

(A building) is nothing else but  a “life tool”, a “life vessel” (a temporary refuge for the human body).

-Aris Konstantinidis

Archive: Soul Vessels is an experimental project comprised of found ephemera and photographs which form a quasi-fictional architectural-psychogeographical archive. The term “soul vessels” was inspired by Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis who coined the phrase “life vessels” to describe buildings as functional spaces whose sole purpose is to serve human needs.
The work challenges the “traditional” concept of the archive: it is not only “important” and “celebratory” photographic moments that are worth collecting and assembling. The emphasis is on ideas concerning day-to-day living, the burden of constant wear-and-tear, and the inevitable damage and erosion of all objects and living beings.
In a certain sense Archive: Soul Vessels is an attempt to rewrite and re-register reality, as if creating an array of urban portals which open onto a plethora of mental spaces. Through this meticulously assembled pseudo-archive the deepest strata of the imagination can be explored: imprints of past realities, which are fused into the photographed relics, are rediscovered and reinterpreted generating new auras of the unknown.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fraction Magazine Issue 98 (Ninth Anniversary Issue)

Fraction Magazine features the best of contemporary photography, bringing together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ghosts_Dreams_Memories (work in progress)

“Those who look outside, dream. Those who look inside, awaken”.
-C.G. Jung

Ghosts_ Dreams_Memories is an ongoing series of surreal photomontages which explore the world of the unconscious mind and psychic phenomena.
On a conceptual level crucial for the development of the work were the theories of psychologist Carl Gustav Jung whose research involved the fields of religion, alchemy, astrology, philosophy, mythology and dreams. According to Jung reality is more complex than what is perceived by the physical senses or revealed by mainstream science -he believed we all possess psychic faculties, albeit usually in undeveloped form.
On an aesthetic level the work was inspired by photographic artists such as Clarence John Laughlin and Jerry Uelsmann whose experimental and multi-layered work questions photographic "truth" and representation. The work was also influenced by "spirit" photographs of the 1800's-1900's which supposedly depict paranormal phenomena such as human auras, levitating bodies, ghostly manifestations, disembodied entities etc.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Τι να’ναι αυτό που αισθάνεσαι
Στην αγκαλιά της φύσης
Ο ήλιος όταν χάνεται
Στα πέρατα της δύσης

Τα μάτια ξεκουράζονται
Τα πόδια αλαφρώνουν
Ολούθε κελαϊδίσματα
Τον νου σου ημερώνουν

Το παραδείσιο φως
Στη λίμνη αντιφεγγίζει
                 Αστράφτει τόσο όμορφα                 
Και την καρδιά γεμίζει

Μικρογραφία σύμπαντος
Κατέχεις στην ψυχή σου
Ο κόσμος όλος πάλλεται
Και αναπνέει μαζί σου 

Το σκίρτημα που νιώθεις
Κράτα στο στήθος ζωντανό
Εντός σου η πλάση ολάκερη
Προσμένει αιώνιο λυτρωμό

Friday, December 2, 2016


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mind Patterns (Work in Progress)

Thine own consciousness, shining, void, and inseparable from the Great Body of Radiance, hath no birth, nor death, and is the Immutable Boundless Light.

(Padmasambhava, The Tibetan Book of the Dead)

Mind Patterns is a series of cameraless photographs/computer constructions which deal with the artist’s inner need to transcend mundane reality in search of the absolute. The work was inspired by Tibetan Buddhist theories regarding “universal consciousness” and the art of avant-garde pioneers such as Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy whose photographic experiments (solarizations, photograms etc) challenged the established notion of photographic "reality".

Manifestations of the ineffable exist in our subconscious where billions of organic and inorganic, human and pre-human images and experiences are stored in a kind of virtual hard drive. With the help of computer simulation-manipulation I attempted to retract primordial shapes and symbols, textures and patterns, spaces of darkness and luminance from this collective depository and rendered them into digital post-photographic photograms.

My intention with this experimental work was to suggest that everyday reality as we normally perceive it is a kind of virtual reality: it is a product of our limited awareness and an illusion imposed by our senses. According to Buddhist teachings our minds are integral parts and exponents of a universal network of energy (“universal mind”) which is eternal, indestructible and omnipresent. By applying appropriate techniques and practices -such as meditation and artistic creation- the individual has the potential to rise above trivial reality and experience a radiant supra-reality and enlightened state of mind (“clear light”).

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Konstruktion (work in progress)

An ongoing series of collages inspired by great avantgarde artists of the past such as Kurt Schwitters. These collages are a way of making sense of our complex, fragmented world and an artistic attempt to impose unity and order on life's chaos. Bits and pieces of newspaper, calendar pages and other discarded ephemera take on new life by being combined, juxtaposed and superimposed; through playful improvisation and experimentation they form mysterious alliances proving that even the (seemingly) worthless can have value and meaning.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Divine Decay

 “Despite wide recognition that art has an important commercial aspect, art sustains its cultural image as an essentially sanctified domain of higher spiritual values, beyond the realm of material life and praxis”. [01]

-Richard Shusterman

Divine Decay is a series of photographic/mixed media constructions informed and inspired by holy texts, illuminated manuscripts, death memorials, alchemical/occult symbols, sacred geometry, religious icons and Renaissance panel paintings. The work deals with memory, remembrance and decay and tackles issues such as spirituality which is often neglected but also essential for the well-being and inner balance of the individual in our hypertechnological and increasingly materialistic society.

The gritty and damaged appearance of the images alludes to fragility, mortality and the transient nature of earthly existence. Although such subjects are generally perceived as rather morbid and depressing, reflection on their significance could prove to be an illuminating way of reflecting on life. Photography is a medium often associated with death and impermanence: in her influential book On Photography Susan Sontag suggests that “all photographs are memento mori.” “A photograph,” she says, “is  (participation) in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability.” [02]

The use of photographic portraiture intends to affect the viewer on a visceral and spiritual level: quite often a face has been described as “the mirror of the soul” and even today some cultures believe that a photograph somehow captures the soul of a person. The combination of portraits with religious iconography, holy texts and various esoteric symbols suggests that death may not be a definite full stop but -perhaps- a gateway to another kind of existence. According to many religions and wisdom traditions life on earth may be perceived as a gift, a learning experience or a kind of journey. The father of analytical psychology C.G. Jung (who combined various fields of research such as religion, mythology and alchemy) believed that the human psyche has a relatively trans-spacial and trans-temporal nature. As he has argued, “we are not completely subjected to the powers of annihilation because our psychic totality reaches beyond the barrier of space and time.” [03]

Life after death as a concept is somewhat incomprehensible, ungraspable and unfathomable. Nevertheless, it is perhaps something we ought to consider and prepare for. The aim of  Divine Decay is to remind us both of our finitude and our potential immortality: via playful combinations relationships are formed which result in a kind of alchemical synthesis of various elements which seek to communicate with the viewer on an aesthetic, esoteric and spiritual level.


[01] Shusterman R. (fall 2008) ‘Art and Religion’. Journal of Aesthetic Education. 42 (3), p.2.
[02] Sontag, S. (1978) On Photography. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
[03] Jung, C.G. (1999) Jung on Death and Immortality. Princeton University Press, p. 132.