“Transmigrations, Cases of Corporate Reincarnation” is 24 portraits of high executive title holders that return to life as insects. It’s a series that combines theories and research on social insects, traditional and contemporary corporate structures, job descriptions and reincarnation scriptures (more specifically the controversial teachings of Pythagoras on transmigration of souls). They personify symbols and weapons of their trades in a number of levels, some instantly visible and other hidden, avoiding the obvious and the expected.

Viktor Koen,
September 2000


Koen’s exuberantly flamboyant Transmigrations are large colour portraits assembled from fragments of human, insect and inanimate imagery. Nightmarish yet ludicrous mutants, clones of the organic and the mineral, they are also a demonstration of digital imagery successfully pushed to its limits.

John Stathatos,
Curator of Photosynkyria 2001
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
January 2001


Koen’s creatures are created by manipulating vintage photographs, depicting upper-class males< and fusing them with various monstrous or mechanical insects that bring to mind the surreal photomontages of Raoul Housman or Hannah Hoch from the 20’s and 30’s. The knowledge and application of these prototypes of mature modernism along with the use of contemporary scientific-mythology, render his work scholarly and multilayered.

Now that painting is in question or dead, according to pessimists, Viktor Koen’s work becomes intensely interesting and as the product of transformation, assumes symbolic dimensions. Art will live again through it’s successive reincarnations.

Manos Stefanides,
Curator of the National Gallery, Athens, Greece
August 2000