|Photography as Both Performance and a Dissemination Method of Grief and Loss Adaptation in the Context of a Greek Family|
|This paper will consider the use of photography as a research method in an auto ethnographic research project looking at how photographs are used by a Greek family to mediate loss and thus adjust and cope with it. This social/art research will present a way in which photography can be used as a creatively therapeutic medium for grief adaptation. The focus will be to first decode rituals involving family snapshots as a visual language which people can use to communicate the experience of feelings of intimacy and devastation within the family. The interpretative lens will be to make gender politics visible in the family and thus renegotiate the language that inscribes memory (how people choose to remember or forget) and thus self identity (what people choose to be through what they remember). Photographs the participants have photographed with the brief to picture their grieving related identities, will be discussed. Therapeutic photography where participantsí creative photography is employed as a process of recuperation is an exciting new way to allow for new self narratives and conversations to evolve and thus cater for the need for an unconventional self-directed redefining rituality of identity.
Evangelia Katsaiti is a PhD Researcher and practicing visual artist thematically concerned with the themes of loss, gender, memory, and identity. She had exhibitions in the UK, Australia and Greece and is currently in PhD research with Nottingham Trent University. She has academic collaborations with the Universities of Lapland , Finland, Sydney College of the Arts, Australia and the Capodistrian in Athens Greece.|