Polixeni Papapetrou is a photographic artist who explores the relationship between history, contemporary culture, identity and being. Creating fantastical worlds that feature her children, transformed with masks and costumes and set against both real and imagined backdrops, the characters in her images inhabit other times and places. By focusing on the theatricality and face of childhood, she explores an unconscious realm between the real and the imaginary, archetype and free play, child and adult and photography’s capacity to bridge truth and fiction. In Dreamkeepers, Polixeni Papapetrou tells a story that also says a lot more about the condition of childhood — its place in our culture and how we react to images of children in photography.

©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.
©Polixeni Pxpapetrou. Images courtesy the artist and STILLS Gallery.

Text by Susan Bright and Polixeni Papapetrou