MT: silver print on paper, matted and glazed within wooden frame (20x20 / F:58x46x2)
TX: signed at lower right of margin in English <Tita '8>, inscribed with ballpoint pen at rear center in Greek <To The American College of Greece / I dedicate an original smile / from Uzbekistan. / with honor / the artist / Tita Bonatsou / 25/3/08 / www.titabonatsou.gr>
CM: When the architect Anastasios Zepos expressed to Tita Bonatsou his desire to decorated a dental surgery in central Athens (at the junction of Ploutarchou Street and Vassilissis Sophias Avenue) with smiles, the photographer created the portraits of 1450 people and 1 horse. The 1450 + 1 Persons project includes people from all races and from different nationalities and ages. Moreover she chose the photographs of this series to be of square format, in order to focus on the mouth and eyes of the person. All the portraits brought out highly personalized expressions, akin to smiling. The present Smile is part of the 1450 + 1 Persons series. At a bazaar, on the occasion of her participation in the Biennial of Contemporary Art in Tashkent of Uzbekistan, she found a male model, which she liked for the intense lines of his face. As a matter of fact she remembers his spontaneous gaze, which shied away from smiling because this man felt ambarassed for his golden teeth. Bonatsou immortalized her unforgettable model at the moment when she made him smile. At that very moment Bonatsou can be said to have captured the archetypal essence of smile.
[Megakles Rogakos 03/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens