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Detroit 1978-1983: Photographs and Prints by Eleftheria Lialios

Opening Reception:  Saturday, January 13, 2018.
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Eleftheria Lialios is a photographer who still thinks she’s a scientist. Her first photographs in Detroit were of the people that surrounded her at Wayne State University in the Cass Corridor. This exhibition presents a selection of those photographs, and the medium format work she titled: Installations to be made, photographed, and then destroyed immediately.

My work as a photographer began as a post-graduate student in comparative anthropology at Wayne State University.  Photography opened up a new world for me, and I soon began to documenting the vibrant and diverse community of artists, performers and activists surrounding the Wayne State campus where I lived.
As my practice developed I went into the studio, which is where the series, “Installations to be photographed, then destroyed, 1980-1983” took place.  Using whatever existing material could be found (tape, banners, dolls, cables, antennas, monitors and myself).  After each photograph was taken, the set was destroyed.
Process and final results are important for a scientist and that is why all of this work has been film processed and printed by me.  These selections from 1978-1983 give you a brief view of life in and out of the studio in Detroit during this time.

Agitator Gallery, Eleftheria Lialios