Based on ideas of classical portraiture and wildlife tracking as a conceptual point of departure, Paul Zografakis’ Migratory Portraits is a series of digital prints created through the use of GPS technology. Using participants encountered throughout his time in Prague, the subjects go throughout their daily routine for one week as the GPS records their every movement from morning to night. Once the information is gathered, the physical cartography is extracted, leaving only an abstracted linear form of each participant’s trajectory. While the idea of portraiture may often be thought of as painting, photography, or sculpture that represents physical characteristics of a subject, in this project Zografakis suggests that the paths we travel represent an equally telling and personal story. Similarly, wildlife tracking assesses the behaviour and health of a species through the examination of animal movement, while Migratory Portraits investigates if patterning created by human daily rituals can be related to a study of an individual or a group.
Paul Zografakis (b. 1975 St. Louis, Missouri) employs various strategies in order to investigate his visual vocabulary, often taking the form of transposition in which central aspects of image, environment, or social order are isolated, reordered or interchanged. Zografakis has created social projects, performed, exhibited, and screened his work internationally, including; Up Against the Wall at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, a recent solo show TBD, at Little Tree Gallery in San Francisco, and the 3rd Biennial of Contemporary Art in Baku, Azerbaijan. Having recently completing a US Fulbright Scholarship to Greece, Zografakis has been living and working in Athens. In 2009 he is artist-in-residence at CIANT LAB, Prague through Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes.