Lester Group 1st Prize | $50,000
ANTOINETTE BARBOUTTIS Alexandra
Alexandra Liveris and I both come from the Greek island of Castellorizo. We discovered we were fourth cousins twice removed. In the past few years I have taken solace in my female contemporaries and she is one of them. I have remained independent and single so that I can focus on my work, and this has been rewarded with strong friendships. Human connection is the most important exchange to me, particularly in a society where one can feel ostracised because of one’s dual ethnicity and as a female creative. My artistic approach is personal, connected, and sustained—elements that I find complement our friendship.