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Title: 'Prosopography' : mapping the self
Author: Kakarouhas, Haris
ISNI:       0000 0001 3593 9737
Awarding Body: University of Derby
Current Institution: University of Derby
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis is going into an extensive discussion of the issue of prosopography: Prosopography of a place, of an object, of a person. I consciously employ the term 'prosopography' in the place of commonly used 'portraiture', as it entails the Greek word 'prosopon', which means both 'face' and 'person'. Prosopon, this wider-than-personality entity, becomes the core issue ofmy thesis. The project comprises a body of 69 colour photographs accompanied with the text in ~ unity. The photographs - won the European Publishers Award 2003 - are included in the form of a book - published in the U.K by Dewi Lewis Publishing - under the title Suspended time. A Cuban Portrait. The studio where the pictures were made is Cuba. Practicing and employing the expressive medium of photography, this project becomes a personal quest for the truth of my gaze, and the relationship between practice and theory can be seen in terms of communicating knowledge in an implicit and explicit way. The practical project's implicit knowledge made explicit in the written text element of the thesis. So, writing clarifies the artistic work and also contextualizes it. It simultaneously assumes the role of method and tool. The hermeneutic approach is the method that is used in both contexts of this qualitative research. ..' This written thesis consists of the introduction and three chapters. In the introduction, after establishing the contextual and conceptual framework within which I have produced my research thesis, I briefly discuss my development in the photographic medium: 'the gestation period' that gave birth to this project. In addition, I present certain key-notions of my research, like prosopon and prosopography. I conclude with a brief reference to the photographic work of Cuba, the reasons that may differentiate it from similar projects, its development today, and the methodology that was followed throughout this thesis. In chapter 1, I firstly refer to all these factors that fonn the values and principles on which images ofprosopon are based. Then, I proceed into a presentation of characteristic instants ofprosopon in the course of Art-History, drawing both on painting and photography. In chapter 2 I present and discuss the psychological approach to the subject, examining the notions of the ego, self-identity, the soul, ego-death and presence, as well as the notion of the philosophical tennprosopon, which as aforementioned is central to my project. Next~ I go through the photographic procedure referring principally to photographic time and empathy as its main components, and under the perspective of prosopon and presence. In chapter 3, I go through the various stages of my photographic exploration, the choice of locale, and the conditions of shooting, the tools employed and also the post-production state. Finally in the conclusions I discuss all understanding and realisations came out ofthis exploration regarding prosopography.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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