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Vale Polixeni Papapetrou

On behalf of everyone at NAVA, our heartfelt condolences, love and strength to the family and friends mourning the loss of Polixeni Papapetrou. 

Polixeni was a sensitive observer of the stories we tell, the roles we play, the masks we wear and the truths we uncover, as we evolve into our individual and social identities. Polixeni’s photographs are a clear and deeply honest expression of the values that framed her practice and her life. 

Collected and exhibited all over the world, and recognised by many awards, Polixeni was active as a mentor and collaborator, with a strong interest in the platforms that artists can create for one another. She was a NAVA Member across two decades, a founding member of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and a forthright contributor to public debate as an artist and a feminist.

Polixeni’s final exhibition is currently showing at Michael Reid in Sydney. Please take a moment with these works, or if you’re in Sydney before Saturday 28 April, be sure to visit. The exhibition’s title will give you the space that you need to reflect on Polixeni’s remarkable life and work…

it’s called MY HEART – Still full of her.


Above: Polixeni Papapetrou, I am a camera, 2018. Silkscreen photograph on silver foil on Belgian linen, 100 x 100cm, edition of 6 + 2AP.