Niko J. Kallianiotis - Bio

Statement

The duality of my life’s trajectory makes my visual identity a fluid one. My formative years were spent in Greece, but for all of my adulthood I’ve lived in the United States. Because of my hybrid background I view the world and my surrounding environs from two different perspectives, both culturally and socially. This circumstance has heightened my sensibilities and created an uncertain identity crisis. My cultural and social values have been challenged; feelings of alienations instigated the desire to attempt and recapture and reevaluate my identity. Expatriation was not a personal decision, but my current photographic language is. With my visual language I am attempting to comment on my cultural dichotomy; the decision of use of color, light, and form in my work is of ultimate importance and plays a significant role in representing myself. Like our daily life experiences and moods, those entities are a fluctuating variable that is represented on a two-dimensional surface.

Bio

Niko J. Kallianiotis is a photographer and educator based in Pennsylvania. Originally from Greece, he started his career as a newspaper photographer, first as a freelancer at The Times Leader, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and then as a staff photographer at The Coshocton Tribune in Coshocton, Ohio, and The Watertown Daily Times in Watertown, New York. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Marywood University in Scranton, PA and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is also a contributing photographer for The New York Times.

Group And Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015, National Juried Exhibition, Juror Steven Harvey, First Street Gallery, New York, NY.
  • 2015, “The State of Being Human” Juried Exhibition, Woody Gaddis Photo Arts Gallery, Edmond, OK.
  • 2015, “Call to Artists” Juried Exhibition, Juror Mark Klett, Capture 12 Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.
  • 2015, Open Call Juried Exhibition, juror Jeff Curto, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT.
  • 2014, Night Contact Juried Exhibition, juror Rebecca Norris Webb, Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, UK.
  • 2014, Group Juried Exhibition, “Documentary Photography, Juror Mark Leong, LH Horton Jr Gallery Stockton, CA.
  • 2014, Solo Exhibition, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • 2014, Solo Exhibition, Camera Works Gallery, Scranton, PA.
  • 2014, American Photography Exhibition, ArtLink, Israel.
  • 2014, “Illumine” Dark Room Gallery, Essex Jct., VT.
  • 2013, “Magic of Light” Juried Exhibition, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT.
  • 2012, Charles Bank Gallery, New York. NY.
  • 2012, The Center for Fine Art Photography, “Portraits” Juror Anna Walker Skillman, Fort Collins, CO.
  • 2011, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA.
  • 2011, “Street Stories” Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA.
  • 2011, Group Exhibit, “A True Story” Juror’s choice. Dark Room Gallery, Essex Jct., VT.
  • 2011, Annual Group Exhibit, Vermont Center of Photography, Brattleboro, VT.
  • 2011, Solo Exhibition, “Odysseys”, New Visions Gallery, Scranton, PA.
  • 2011, Juried Group Exhibit, New Visions Gallery, Taylor, PA.
  • 2010, Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.
  • 2010, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA.
  • 2003, Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton PA.
  • 2000, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.

Press and Features

  • The Candid Frame, 2015
  • Posi+Tive Magazine, 2015
  • Bklynr, 2015
  • Street Photographer Notebook, 2015
  • Greek Foundation, 2015
  • International Street Photographer Magazine, 2015
  • Art Photo Feature Magazine, 2014
  • International Street Photography Magazine, 2014
  • Street Photographer Magazine, 2014
  • The Image, Deconstucted, 2014
  • Top Photography Films, Germany, 2014
  • L’Oeil de la Photographie, France, 2014
  • New York Times Lens Blog, 2013

Δήλωση

Η δυαδικότητα της ζωής μου κάνει την οπτική ταυτότητά μου ρευστή. Πέρασα τα παιδικά και εφηβικά μου χρόνια στην Ελλάδα, αλλά την υπόλοιπη ενήλικη ζωή μου στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες. Λόγω της υβριδικής φύσης μου, βλέπω τον κόσμο γύρω μου μέσα από δύο διαφορετικές οπτικές γωνίες, τόσο πολιτισμικά όσο και κοινωνικά. Στην καλύτερη περίπτωση, αυτό αυξάνει την ευαισθησία μου και, στη χειρότερη, δημιουργεί αβεβαιότητα και κρίση ταυτότητας. Οι πολιτιστικές και κοινωνικές αξίες μου δοκιμάζονται διαρκώς και τα συναισθήματα αποξένωσης που συχνά εμφανίζονται, με οδηγούν σε μια διαρκή προσπάθεια αξιολόγησης και ανάκτησης του εαυτού μου. Η απόφαση της αποδημίας μου στις Η.Π.Α. δεν ήταν δική μου, αλλά η τρέχουσα φωτογραφική μου γλώσσα είναι. Με τη γλώσσα αυτή προσπαθώ να αντιμετωπίσω την πολιτιστική μου διχοτόμηση. Η απόφαση της χρήσης του χρώματος, του φωτός και της μορφής στη δουλειά μου είναι ύψιστης σημασίας και παίζει καθοριστικό ρόλο στην εξωτερίκευση του εαυτού μου. Είναι η μεταβλητή που μεταφράζει στις δύο διαστάσεις τις εμπειρίες της καθημερινότητας και τη διάθεσή μου.

Βιογραφικό

Ο Νίκος Καλλιανιώτης είναι φωτογράφος και καθηγητής φωτογραφίας. Γεννήθηκε και έζησε στην Ελλάδα μέχρι τα νεανικά του χρόνια και στη συνέχεια εγκαταστάθηκε στις Η.Π.Α., αρχικά στη Νέα Υόρκη και στη συνέχεια στην Πενσυλβάνια. Ξεκίνησε την καριέρα του με τη φωτοειδησεογραφία. Συνεργάστηκε ως ανεξάρτητος φωτογράφος με το The Times Leader, το Wilkes-Barre της Πενσυλβάνια και στη συνέχεια εργάστηκε ως φωτογράφος προσωπικού στο Coshocton Tribune στο Coshocton του Οχάιο και το Watertown Daily Times στο Watertown της Νέας Υόρκης. Σήμερα, είναι Επίκουρος Καθηγητής Φωτογραφίας στο Πανεπιστήμιο Marywood του Scranton, PA και Επίκουρος Καθηγητής στο Πανεπιστήμιο Drexel της Φιλαδέλφεια, καθώς και φωτογράφος στο The New York Times.

Εκθέσεις

  • 2015, National Juried Exhibition, Juror Steven Harvey, First Street Gallery, New York, NY.
  • 2015, “The State of Being Human” Juried Exhibition, Woody Gaddis Photo Arts Gallery, Edmond, OK.
  • 2015, “Call to Artists” Juried Exhibition, Juror Mark Klett, Capture 12 Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.
  • 2015, Open Call Juried Exhibition, juror Jeff Curto, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT.
  • 2014, Night Contact Juried Exhibition, juror Rebecca Norris Webb, Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, UK.
  • 2014, Group Juried Exhibition, “Documentary Photography, Juror Mark Leong, LH Horton Jr Gallery Stockton, CA.
  • 2014, Solo Exhibition, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • 2014, Solo Exhibition, Camera Works Gallery, Scranton, PA.
  • 2014, American Photography Exhibition, ArtLink, Israel.
  • 2014, “Illumine” Dark Room Gallery, Essex Jct., VT.
  • 2013, “Magic of Light” Juried Exhibition, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT.
  • 2012, Charles Bank Gallery, New York. NY.
  • 2012, The Center for Fine Art Photography, “Portraits” Juror Anna Walker Skillman, Fort Collins, CO.
  • 2011, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA.
  • 2011, “Street Stories” Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA.
  • 2011, Group Exhibit, “A True Story” Juror’s choice. Dark Room Gallery, Essex Jct., VT.
  • 2011, Annual Group Exhibit, Vermont Center of Photography, Brattleboro, VT.
  • 2011, Solo Exhibition, “Odysseys”, New Visions Gallery, Scranton, PA.
  • 2011, Juried Group Exhibit, New Visions Gallery, Taylor, PA.
  • 2010, Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.
  • 2010, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA.
  • 2003, Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton PA.
  • 2000, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.

Δημοσιεύσεις

  • The Candid Frame, 2015
  • Posi+Tive Magazine, 2015
  • Bklynr, 2015
  • Street Photographer Notebook, 2015
  • Greek Foundation, 2015
  • International Street Photographer Magazine, 2015
  • Art Photo Feature Magazine, 2014
  • International Street Photography Magazine, 2014
  • Street Photographer Magazine, 2014
  • The Image, Deconstucted, 2014
  • Top Photography Films, Germany, 2014
  • L’Oeil de la Photographie, France, 2014
  • New York Times Lens Blog, 2013