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Elena Aya Bundurakis: "I just love images and their power of activating all of our senses"

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Futures Photography
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November 18, 2019
Nominated for Future by FOMU, Elena Aya Bundurakis is a Greek-Japanese photographer born in Crete island. She uses her camera as a tactile device, rather than a technological tool.

"I just love images and their power of activating all of our senses. But I also would like to link them to other mediums and see what they can do as a whole," she explains. Her current work focuses on sensations and not necessarily stories. For example, she is interested in questions like: How does it feel to give birth to an egg? Is being alive a collective experience?

In this interview, she talks about her inspirations and career:

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Can you explain us a little bit about your inspirations? What are the main themes in your practice?

Questions like: how does it feel to be alive within a body? What is the primal form of nurture? Is being alive a collective experience? I use myself as a specimen of the human experience and try to connect with other organisms, too.

How do you see your relationship with photography? How do you deal with this medium to express your art?

Ever-changing. I just love images and their power of activating all of our senses. But I also would like to link them to other mediums and see what they can do as a whole.

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How has been the experience of being a talent selected for Futures? How can Futures help with your career?

Being part of Futures, gives me a sense of community and possibility. I hope there will be chances to meet again in the later future and  share experiences & ideas with other artists and experts.

Can you share with us a little bit about your plans for the future after being part of the platform? Do you have any new project in mind?

Apart from hatching bits and bots, I would like to get more physical and learn more about making stuff by hand. And one project that I would like to complete within the next months is finally publishing my book ‘Eating Magma’. It is challenging figuring it out, but I am looking forward to share it with my fellow organisms.

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