Dimitra Kondylatou, In the shade of the season
The essay video projection titled “In the shade of the season”, presents topics of reproductive and emotional work within the commercialized environment of tourist accommodation conditioned by gender-specific ranking. Through fragments of conversation among female friends occupying various job positions as well as through the visual recording of tourist zones and accommodation, it seeks to detect how the notion of domesticity is being redefined and how the intangible qualities of the professions involved are performed; with intangible qualities we understand hospitality, care, communication, empathy and generosity all viewed within the concrete professional framework established by the return of the tourist season.
Dimitra Kondylatou through her experimentation with diverse media and through the relationships that she creates with the fields and subjects of her investigation, attempts to record disdained aspects of tourism. She researches and monitors through motion picture how the female domestic work in the area of tourism emerges and acquires new sense.