Marina Syrmakezi

Marina Syrmakezi

Digital PRLondon, United Kingdom
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Marina Syrmakezi

Marina Syrmakezi

Digital PRLondon, United Kingdom
About me
art + photography lover • passionate about all-things creative With a 10 years’ working experience in the creative industries, the projects I have been involved with vary from social media content management to gallery management / administration, exhibition curating, publications, auctions and sales. I love working with people, especially artists, aiming to form strong professional relationships and successful partnerships. Currently working on a freelance basis for Elizabeth Machin PR, a bespoke London based PR Consultancy specialising in Luxury Interiors & Design, where I manage content for clients' social media accounts. I am also the founder and content curator of Gold Circle, a London based curatorial platform dedicated to contemporary photography www.gold-circle.co.uk
Projects
  • Gold Circle Showcase | Aikaterini Gegisian, For a place in the sun
    Gold Circle Showcase | Aikaterini Gegisian, For a place in the sunFor a place in the Sun, 2015 10 collages on paper Where does the power of art lie? Is it the beauty of aesthetics and harmony? The value of functional design? The significance of recording the past and predicting the future? These are significant attributes but what is the common force that permeates all the above to the effect of influencing society? Arguably the most appropriated and potent effect of art is in the power of symbolism and the way images, sculptures, music and theatre can transc
  • Gold Circle Showcase | Christos Tzimas, Fashion Photography & Aesthetics #2
    Gold Circle Showcase | Christos Tzimas, Fashion Photography & Aesthetics #2Gold Circle Showcase || Showcase is a digital space that brings together work by both emerging and established practitioners working in the fields of visual arts and photography. Each showcase is a curated solo show highlighting completed or work in progress projects aiming to highlight work of a wide range of subject matters and styles. This is the latest project featuring work by Greek fashion photographer Christos Tzimas wth title Fashion Photography & Aesthetics #2 Serenity vs Boldness Ae
  • Gold Circle Showcase | Klea McKenna, Automatic Earth
    Gold Circle Showcase | Klea McKenna, Automatic EarthA slice of time and space ​“There is the surface. Now think – or rather feel, intuit what is beyond it, what the reality must be like if it looks this way. Photographs, which cannot themselves explain anything, are inexhaustible invitations to deduction, speculation and fantasy.” Susan Sontag, On Photography Seeing is something we do, and we evolve our visual perception by learning how to do it. The act of seeing however is precisely what we make of what we see. Klea McKenna set herself on a mi
  • Gold Circle Showcase | Christopher Colville, The Dark Hours
    Gold Circle Showcase | Christopher Colville, The Dark HoursPainterly Photography The term painterly in Art refers to a style that embraces, celebrates and elevates both the medium and the act of creation. It is an expressive approach, where process is liberally visible rather than restrained or rational. How does this all translate to photography though? Could the photographic medium be accommodating enough to foster painterly qualities? When guided by an instinctive love of material and fascination with technique it is then that photography transcends into a state of evolution. Christopher Colville challenges both his chosen medium and the notions of traditional photography by refining the process of image making. The Dark Hours is a body of work made without a camera. It is a collective of speculative, or perhaps better described as imagined landscapes, all unique and one of-a-kind artefacts. He reflects on his natural surroundings and desert landscapes of his home in Phoenix, Arizona. The work production is tied to the cycles of the moon. By working outside at night two weeks of the month, when the moon is low in sky or dim enough not to expose his gelatine silver paper, he exposes photographic paper and ignites varying combinations of gunpowder directly onto its surface. With the use of metal, wood and physical structures he directs the blast. These objects shield parts of the paper while other portions are allowed to be exposed to light, heat and fire. The photographic paper is then tray-developed like any traditional gelatin silver print. The resulting image is a combination of exposed silver paper with burn marks and abrasion on its surface. This abstract representation of landscape conveys a strong sense of space. It is that precise desert landscape that becomes the medium itself. The natural elements, the darkness of the universe and the sparse light of the stars. Process plays an integral role; however, its concept is more suggested than clearly stated. A representation in a state of flux, liberated from stagnated interpretation, one that invites the viewer to imagine. In an age of image plethora and digital advancement, it is surprisingly refreshing to be confronted with work that has the ability to slow time. To push the photographic medium and its symbolic limitations without compromising its quality. It is image making, both serendipitous and elemental. Created with spontaneity, generated from a single spark. A fine example of painterly photography! www.gold-circle.co.uk All images: ©Christopher Colville Words: Marina Syrmakezi
  • Gold Circle Showcase | André Lichtenberg, Within
    Gold Circle Showcase | André Lichtenberg, WithinIt is a rare for a work in progress to have inspired editors on both sides of the Channel to commission works for publication - firstly on the cover of The Sunday Times followed by a four page spread in Le Monde; and it is certainly no mean feat to allure the Arts Council to proffer an open wallet to carry on. Such is the fascination of the ‘Within’ series, a work in progress that Brighton based photographer André Lichtenberg is piecing together street by street. The inspiration for the series came from his childhood experience “As a young boy in Brazil I used to draw buildings, motorways & cityscapes viewed from above and using a realistic sense of perspective. Those old patterns have been a major influence of my current practice. One of my previous projects, the Vertigo Series (2008), explored the architectural views of London's Canary Wharf, from a bird’s eye perspective." Developing on from the Vertigo series, each city in the Within series  is scanned in detail and then reconstructed digitally, street by street, building by building, “a process”, says André “that is quite meditative and require lots of patience...” Constructed as it is, as a composite of high definition images, scale is uncompromised and pinsharp detail spans the entire view. “The images have a second strong link to my childhood memories. The large aerial cityscapes are reversed in post-production, simulating an urban digital blackout. Growing up in Porto Alegre, South Brazil, in the sixties, the re-occurrence of electricity power failures was just normal part of life.  Apart from the links to my own childhood, the concept explores architecture and its relationship with contemporary life. The large scale reversed prints depict cityscapes with a hyper real level of detail. The black skies (absence of clouds, birds, airplanes) give the images an illustrative quality (similar to an x-ray) which directs the viewers’ attention towards the buildings and the detailed architecture. Black skies are also a metaphorical reflection of the global economic crisis we all live beneath.” It is this blackened sky, a void of darkness which draws the eye into the extraordinary detail of the luminous maze below. Cities, by their very nature are in a permanent state of reinvention and this series documents the dynamism of London and the evolution of our skyline in this decade. Buildings are indeed hyper real and recognisable yet at once cross over into the unreal, the oddly theatrical: extraordinary and incredibly enticing. www.gold-circle.co.uk All images: ©Andre Lichtenberg Words: Camilla Zervoglos
  • Gold Circle Showcase | Noel McLaughlin, Flowers
    Gold Circle Showcase | Noel McLaughlin, FlowersGold Circle Showcase | Showcase is a digital space that brings together work by both emerging and established practitioners working in the fields of visual arts and photography. Each showcase is a curated solo show highlighting completed or work in progress projects aiming to highlight work of a wide range of subject matters and styles. Photography and Poetry presented together. See more here: http://www.gold-circle.co.uk/noel-mclaughlin.html Colour Colour spills from it's petals staining fingertips with beauty the colour fades as the flower dies but the light it brought to my eyes remains ©Anthony Hett www.gold-circle.co.uk
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Work history
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    Social Media ManagerElizabeth Machin PR
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Currently working on a freelance basis as Social Media Manager for Elizabeth Machin PR, a bespoke Interiors PR & Communications consultancy based in London. Led by Elizabeth Machin who works directly with the media and clients, I manage and produce content for clients' social media accounts.
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    Founder & Content CuratorGold Circle | A Curatorial Platform for Visual Arts & Contemporary Photography
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    Gold Circle is an online curatorial platform dedicated to the visual arts, with a focus on contemporary photography. Its aim is to showcase exciting new works by both emerging and established professionals, create collaborations between artists and curators, and promote contemporary photography overall. I research and select artists works, liaise with their representative galleries and produce creative writing to accompany their featured works in the 'Showcase' section of the website.
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Skills
  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Visual Arts
  • Exhibition
  • Design
  • Excel
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Photography
  • Curating
  • Research Visualisation
  • Social Media Content Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital PR
  • Communications
Education
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    BA(Hons) Theatre DesignNottingham Trent University
     - Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Theatre Design. Dissertation title: The Real and the True in Theatre: Creating the Audience. Final Project: The Art of Nothing_Reality vs Theatricality An examination of the relationship between reality and theatricality.
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    Fine Art Decorative CraftsDe Montfort University
     - Lincoln, United Kingdom
    Modules included: - The Scope of Contemporary Practice - Art and Design History - Visual Research - Issues and Subject in Fine Art Practice - Exhibition and Marketing Practice - Cultural Identity
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Awards
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    Judge for the National Geographic Traveler's Photography Competition 2012National Geographic
    National Geographic Photography Competition - acted as Judge Special Supplement: National Geographic Traveller
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    Publicised MAGAZINE ARTICLE: PARIS PHOTO 2012 REVIEWImage Magazine
    Critical Review for Paris Photo 2012. Publicised in Image Magazine, issue 417
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