What is the use of a photograph? If nothing else, it’s a reference point to a specific moment in time – the moment of its creation, the moment it depicts. Family photographs, especially, are ties to our personal history; an archive of who we are and where we came from. They are memory deposits from which we keep sourcing the certainty of our life events even if our own memories of them are lost.
In this project personal memories are absorbed by AI and meshed with thousands of others to become a new breed of images, images resembling in an uncanny way those of our childhood photo albums. But what is the purpose of this new kind of image, since they lose their fundamental tie to reality? To whom are they heirlooms that must be preserved?
Trying to reconcile with my own family history, one of displacement, loss and deprivation, I visualized, with the use of DALLE-2, moments that happened, moments left unphotographed, moments I imagined, moments I was told about, moments I have hoped to happen and moments that never happened in order to ask myself: How can one rewrite her own history?

Bio: Maria Mavropoulou (b.1989) lives and works in Athens, Greece. She holds a MFA and a BA from the Athens School of Fine Arts. Her work expands to new forms of images, such as VR and screen-captured images, GAN and AI-generated images. Her research focuses on the new realities created by the connectible devices and the virtual spaces that we inhabit, addressing issues of technological mediation. Mavropoulou’s work explores digital identity and representation in the post-social media era, algorithmic bias, network culture, power politics between machines and humans, and the multidimensionality of our experiences in our always-online world. Her recent projects reflect on the future of photography amidst the advances of synthetic images.