Nicki Upstairs is the artistic alias of Nicki Panou, a conceptual fine art photographer, based in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Born in 1983 and raised in Messologhi, she has a degree in Applied Informatics and is now completing her masters in Graphic Arts and Multmedia. She currently lives in Thessaloniki, where she has been working for the public therapeutic community for addicted individuals “Argo” since 2007.
In 2009, she completed a three years long training in theater at Studio Parathlasi in Thessaloniki and has been taking part in local theatrical plays as an actress ever since.
Photography has always been a part of her life, but she felt like she found her identity as a photographer, when she became familiar with conceptual photography. The idea of communicating thoughts and feelings in such a theatrical yet photographic way felt very familiar to her.
Her work focuses on creating images that depict feelings, thoughts, dreams or nightmares, using symbolism and storytelling techniques. She chooses to photograph scenes that do not really exist, in an effort to capture a different kind of reality.
Self-Portraits, E.S.P Gallery, 10/11-20/12/2017
Cheapart, 81st International Fair of Thessaloniki, 10-18/9/2016
Parallel Voices 2015, Photometria Festival, Ioannina, 31/5-14/6/2015
Influence Festival, Karditsa, 09-10/5/2015
Meet the artist 5 – Spingtime, Myro Gallery, Thessaloniki, 26-28/3/2015
“A different kind of reality”, Young Greek Photographers exhibition – 13th Kythera Photographic Encounters, Kythera, 25-28/9/2014
“Foundation”, 6th Anakata Festival, Thessaloniki, 12-14/9/2014
Chocofactory & Museum, Thessaloniki, 6/9/2014-6/3/2015
2nd place, IEK ESP contest, 2017
Selection at the Portfolio contest, Photometria Festival, Ioannina, 2015
Special Selection, Contest about chocolate, Center of Photography-Thessaloniki, 2014
Honourable mention, 46th Coloured Digital Photography contest, Hellenic Photographic Society, 2014
Features and Publications
Fotografos magazine (print), issue no.14, September 2017
“Voyage to Kythera: A photographic encounter of a different kind”, The Kytherian, 01/2016
Fotografos magazine (print), issue no.8, October 2015
Wip, issue 16, pp. 50-51, 7/11/2014
Weekend Inspiration CXIV – Phlearn, 13/9/2014
Get Inspired Magazine, 23/8/2014
My Portrait Hub, 18/7/2014
Fotografos magazine (print), issue July-August 2014
50 Creative Self-Portrait Ideas to Trump All Selfies – 500px ISO, 22/5/2014
Weekend Inspiration XCIV – Phlearn, 25/4/2014