A GALLERY OF SELECTED WORK BY PROD ANTZOULIS
Cypriot-born and Dubai based photographer Prod Antzoulis is living proof of trusting the process behind his lens. The creative, who has been shooting exclusively on analogue since he turned his passion for photography into a profession, masterfully captures raw on-ground lifestyle and culture while also exploring his own cross-cultural identity.
His work reflects a deeply honest and unedited series of moments revealing the eccentricities and particularities of places and people. Antzoulis is inspired by the dynamic energy behind the creative process, and fostering a human connection. The artist bridges trust with spontaneity all the while nurturing a sense of comfort, while not being afraid of the complex, unknown possibilities of storytelling.
Longtime Miilkiina friend and collaborator Prod explores the never-before-seen series, Unwrapping The Fruit in Room 202 exclusively on Miilkiina.com. Two Arab women explore questions and meanings of their feminine identity within their world.
Visual Narrative – Juline Hadaya, Prod Antzoulis
Photographer & Interviewer – Prod Antzoulis
Art Direction – Juline Hadaya
All images courtesy of Prod Antzoulis. →
What do you feel defines an empowered women?
Anonymous 1: Confidence + assertiveness.
Anonymous 2: Her independence and expression of herself. As simple as that.
When are you at your most vulnerable?
Anonymous 1: Almost always.
Anonymous 2: When my abilities are questioned or disregarded because I am a woman.
As a woman in the Arab world, how do you feel women are perceived within their communities?
Anonymous 1: Things are shifting in this generation but there is still a percentage that see the women having the role of supporting the house, like cooking and taking care of things and others. But I come from a family where the women can do whatever they desire.
Anonymous 2: I would like to think that they are perceived as voices of truthful guidance, whatever environment and/or conversation they’re in.
Do you have any experienced examples of sexist discourses in your daily lives?
Anonymous 1: Almost always. And it usually comes when there is a level of confidence being exuded. There are times where I have to prove my capabilities as they are being subdued due to sexist remarks or views. It is really frustrating when you know your worth.
Anonymous 2: Other than the obvious cat-calling a woman has to endure in her daily life, I’ll share with you my most recent one which wasn’t sexual but definitely misogynistic. In my workplace a few weeks ago, we were brainstorming as a team and I expressed an idea of mine, that was instantly disregarded. A few minutes later, a male colleague utters the same idea that I had previously shared, proudly taking credit. I laughed in the moment from disbelief. I also quit that job 2 days ago.
When did your sexual desires start to develop? Was there a specific moment where you felt a shift?
Anonymous 1: When I felt my place in the environment I was in. I felt connected to my space and surroundings which increased my confidence. I felt I was in control of my environment, able to navigate it and in turn it was a safety net. And everything just shifted naturally.
Anonymous 2: I vividly remember the shift. It was extremely intuitive. I was 8 years old. I had just come back home from school. It was the afternoon and I was bored of reading the book that was given to us as homework. I was lying on my bed and I could feel that my body was trying to show me something. Almost like it was telling me that there’s a treasure for pleasure. Somehow, I taught myself how to masturbate that day. Kind of crazy.
What is it that you feel elevates the element of sexuality and desire when wearing lingerie?
Anonymous 1: The right cut, color, purpose, and practicality. It can be nice when there is a lack of practicality because it doesn’t tend to stay on for too long. These details change the setting and mood of a sexual connection which can vary each time worn. It becomes exciting.
Anonymous 2: Mmmm (I don’t really like this question to be honest) I feel most free when I am undressed.