"The filmmaker and visual artist Maria Klonaris died unexpectedly in her sleep on January 2014. A child of the Greek diaspora, she had lived in three cities, Alexandria, Athens and Paris. As I struggled with my loss, I came upon a photograph I had taken of her standing behind a statuette of Astarte. This portrait was the beginning of a digital animation project which she entitled Dark Shot and which remained unfinished. In my frantic striving to bring her back to life, Dark Shot resurfaced in my mind, this time not as a film but as a book. A book edited like a film. Pages like film frames. Maria's words are spoken by her. Her drawings are tattooed on her face. Dark Shot is an immersion in her presence. A reawakening of her gaze and her subterranean powers. A new journey by Klonaris/Thomadaki twin dreamers beyond the wall separating the worlds" - Katerina Thomadaki
About the Artists:
Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki are filmmakers, visual artists and theoreticians. Internationally known for their corporal cinema, which has recently been the subject of a retrospective at the Jeu de Paume, they are co-authoring a work that brings together more than a hundred achievements in film, performance, installation, photography, sound, as well as an important corpus of texts. They published Manifestes 1976-2002 (experimental Paris, 2003) and directed Technologies and Imaginaries (Dis Voir, 1990), Mutations of the Image (A.S.T.A.R.T.I., 1994) and For a Media Ecology (A.S.T.A.R.T.I., 1998).
Their films are preserved by the Directorate of Cinematographic Heritage of the CNC and their texts and audiovisual documents by the National Library of France (Klonaris / Thomadaki Fund).