Vaia Pilafa – Pupa

Pupa - Vaia Pilafa

Pupa is the first publishing by the Athens based photographer Vaia Pilafa.The rhetoric contrasts are represented under the personal view of her photography which exists between urban and still life aesthetic. The book flows forward just like an organism that dies in order to resurrect in a new complete form.

Pupa (Latin: pupa for doll, plural: pupae) is the third life stage in the development of insects, exhibiting complete metamorphosis (egg, larva, pupa and imago). In this stage a symbolic little death occurs, while the larva builds its own tomb and remains in a non-feeding, usually sessile condition. During pupation larval structures break down. The imago emerges by either splitting the pupal skin, chewing its way out or secreting a fluid that softens its cell. Pupae may further be enclosed in other structures such as cocoons, nests or shells. In this latent stage of pupa, the cocoon carries contradicting ideas such as death and rebirth, beauty and deform, divine and disease, structure and destruction combining a fascinating contrast that effects in the way I perceive and represent things.


Μέσ᾿ τὸ δωμάτιο
μιὰ βροχὴ ἀπὸ κάτουρο
πετοῦν ἁγνὲς κοπέλες μὲ φτερὰ
ψοφίμια μὲ ρὸζ στὴν καρδιά τους οὐρανὸ
κι ἄνθρωποι μ᾿ οὐρανὸ γεμάτο σάπιο αἷμα
κρέμονται κι ἀνεμίζουν τ᾿ ἄσπρα πόδια τους
ἀπὸ τὰ μάτια τους βγαίνουνε μαχαίρια
τεράστιες μαῦρες ἀνεμῶνες φυτρώνουνε
      στὸ στῆθος τους
καθὼς πετᾶνε σφάζουν κι ἀγκαλιάζονται
οἱ ἁγνὲς κοπέλες τὰ ψοφίμια οἱ σάπιοι
κάτω ἀπὸ ἕναν κατουρημένο οὐρανό.

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