Originally based in Southern California, Kassandra has called Dunedin home since 2011 to which she has immersed herself into the arts & wellness community both with her photography and her creative space for wellness (Benessere Studios). Kassandra is also one of the founding members of Glorybox arts trust and has been involved in several large scale performance events as well as The Dunedin Fringe Festival, OUSA and the Vogel St Party.
Kassandra founded Benessere Studios, a wellness & creativity center, in 2015 and has staged various art events both with Glorybox and independently. Aside from completing a course in Intermediate Film Photography at the San Diego State University of Southern California, Kassandra has had no formal training in the art of photography. Her inspiration and passion of film photography has been with her since she was a child. Working both behind and in front of the camera she has played the role of the “muse” for many visual and performance artists.
This exchange between artist and muse is something Kassandra continues to explore with her craft basing previous exhibitions and ongoing series around this concept. She has shown work locally and internationally exhibiting in San Diego, Los Angeles, and in Dunedin. She has also traveled extensively documenting her surroundings, which have been reproduced online, through commissioned pieces and independently produced exhibitions. Her work has been commissioned both privately and publicly working in both commercial and high art realms, as well as dabbling in the fashion arena working with several local designers shooting collections and fashion spreads. Kassandra draws inspiration from Helmut Newton, Ellen Von Unwerth and similar artists in this realm. She is drawn to images that push the boundaries of the status quo, from erotic, dark and surreal to ethereal and dreamy. She aims to capture images that capture the lightness and darkness in each moment and individual.
Kassandra is also beginning a large photojournalism project that will focus on the traditional healing techniques of native tribes and indigenous cultures around the world. Her interest in this project began over 10 years ago when she first started her work as a Massage Therapist
in San Diego, California. Through her studies and the practice of the techniques she acquired, she delved into further studies of traditional healing, specifically from native and indigenous cultures.This project will culminate into a series of exhibitions as well as a photographic essay or book documenting the journey and weighing out the pros and cons of modern medicine vs. traditional healing. It will be an interesting perspective to see what we have lost and what we have gained in today's modern civilisation. Her love of both the arts and healing traditions have brought about a fusion of eclectic practitioners all working under one roof here at Benessere Studios.
Kassandra has also added to her skill set and acquired a teaching certification for Power Yoga with Bryan Kest's Studios in Santa Monica, CA. An avid yogi for the last 10 years, her practice has played a key role in finding that essential work/life balance for herself and now she is hoping to teach others this vital tool of moving meditation.
The aim is to promote an environment where healing and the arts culture can collide to really help the greater community experience a better quality of life both through healing, bodywork, , meditation, arts and performance. She believes that this experience of life can benefit us all and wants to share what she can through the unique individuals, tools and space available at Benessere Studios.
Contact Kassandra 022 071 0946