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Nikos Kapetanios

Nikos is a photographer living and working in Thessaloniki. His work has a strong autobiographical character, using photography as a means of exploration of complex emotional states. Nikos constructs new worlds using elements of his surroundings that accommodate real or fictional characters living in the subconscious. Past and present life experiences create the narrative framework where these realities unfold. His explorations are drawn by the concepts of personal identity, remembrance and psychological traumas.

FAIRY FINGERSThe horse is a domesticated, one-toed, hoofed animal. It is adapted to run, allowing it to quickly escape predators, and possess an excellent sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight response. Female horses, called mares, carry their young for approximately 11 months. The young horse, called foal, can stand and run shortly following birth.

Newborn horses’ hooves are covered with a capsule to protect the mother while the foal is in the utero. This protective layer is called “fairy fingers” and is an indicator that the foal hasn’t walked yet. Usually, a few hours after birth, fairy fingers disappear and the baby horse can walk. Otherwise, it cannot move quickly and flee from predators. Crawling, it covers its body with mud and leaves to create an armor and hides.

When it becomes an adult, this outer shell no longer serves a purpose. Once the horse realizes that, it takes it off along with its fairy fingers. Underneath, its skin is wounded. The touch of fresh air feels good at first but it is followed by excruciating pain. It finds a shelter and hides again.