Cause love is such an old fashioned word (Δουρειος Ίππος), 2016
A text commenting on the installation written by the artist Kosmas Nikolaou was displayed close to the benches. Πεζοτράγουδα για την Καλλιόπη (ή διαφορετικά το πένθος ταιριάζει στη Ηλέκτρα)
The relocation of Kalabsha temple in Egypt and its relation to story of the Trojan horse inspires the exhibition. The show is dealing with the idea of the monument, the ruins, the landmark, the performance of destruction and the ever shifting of the above definitions.
The exhibition space becomes a pseudo-historical space, a pseudo-memorial site where the audience is invited to consume. This work was constructed from materials that were either accidentally found at the exhibition area (studio of other artist) or moved from my studio mainly as repurposed elements of earlier works. The white acrylic paint along with a fanzine and a wall text by artist Kosmas Nikolaou, written especially for the exhibition, were the only new elements of the show.
The word “Welcome” written on the “Horse” indicates the intermediate moment that occurs in every encounter.
δελτίο τύπου / press release
photos: Stathis Mamalakis
Be quiet, 2016
Wood venner, plastic bags, marbles, prints, screwdriver, staryfoam, wheels, plastic bottles
NEVAN CONTEMPO, Prague/ Czech Republic
curated by Edith Jeřábková
Taking as a starting point two images, one from my studio and one from my home, depicting moments of inaction,the exhibition “Be Quiet” functions as a spatial experience with references to (collective) movement and personal routes. The gallery space was filled with a large floor sculpture, a collage of wooden veneer limiting the space, referencing aerial photography. Nailed on the walls, there were plastic sachets with marble chips in them.
I brought the marble from Athens myself in an act of mimicking the way valuable items are being transported. In the second room, the two images were installed together with a sculpture made of Styrofoam and plastic bottles filled with water. The synthesis, balanced on wheels, created an alternative elevated view of the landscape.
«I imagine a performer whispering “be quiet” in the ears of visitors, I imagine a male figure screaming at his desk, a psychotherapist with his client, a group of people in danger, a mother and child, and an artist in an empty room. All of these incarnations are stereotypical, since they live in us like archetypes from the past, though their irruption creates an uncertain tension. Fear of the historical means enslavement in the present. Controlled repetition has the ability to affect other recognition receptors. This exhibition should be both a particular and a universal starting point for individual considerations.»
part of the curatorial text by Edith Jeřábková, read the full text/CZ_EN
images by Peter Fabo
Desert bloom, 2015
cactus, insulating (electrical) tape, greenhouse-kit, clay, marble
At the Baths, Sterna Nisyros Residency,
curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou,
steel, wood, rope, camping lights
The sculpture design is based on musical instrument shapes and the title is borrowed from one specific percussion instrument made in 1996. Having some specific musical instruments in mind, I worked on each sculpture thinking
of a physical element (air, light, fire) together with additional references to the circus, basic geometric shapes or summer idleness. My desire was to create a space between a playground and a sculpture park.
This project was produced in the framework of the exhibition “Fireworks Out of season-Riviera“, curated by Galini Notti,and took place at the open-air cinema Riviera in Exarcheia neighborhood of Athens on a winter weekend.
photos by Mariza Nikolaou
Is it all white?, 2014
@Athens School of Fine Arts, “Nikos Kessanlis” Exhibition Hall
Is it All White? was an exercise, an attempt to understand if the production of knowledge through handiwork could act as a medium to construct a resilient structure.
How manual labour is formulating history, where is the human body in relation to this history and what are the alternative ways of construction that could highlight the multiplicity of its narratives?
Through sculptural gestures, a table turns into a vitrine and vice versa. Small white clay figures are placed on wall shelves, so high that the viewer cannot touch them; the object of the image is reproduced in a way that a solid form is reduced to a composition of fragments.
All photos by Mariza Nikolaou
Θέλω να κάνω σαματά/ σαν τον κακό Γενάρη/να ρίξω χιόνια και νερά/ άλλος να μην σε πάρει./ Twinkle, twinkle little star./ how I wonder what you are./Up above the world so high/ like a diamond in the sky, 2014
Clay, wood, wire, twine, book pages, fabric, tape
@A Thousand Doors, curated by Iwona Blazwick, organised by NEON Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery, Gennadius Library/The American School of Classical Studies, Athens
photos by Natalia Tsoukala
Explosions in the sky – Welcome, Ghosts, 2013
Clay, wood, paper, cloth, knife
87 x 62 x 37 cm
This work is not an obsessive collection of objects but the result of specific body processes. The tiles are molds from my thigh; mimicking the way traditional ceramicists were producing roof tiles. The stacks of paper are comprised by encyclopedia pages I torn apart one by one, creating a kind of personal reading.
Smudged by clay, the knife betrays its practical use for the tile making and symbolically marks the violence and aggression that is tapped into making this sculpture, while the cloth indicates the complementary dimension of care.
The image of the explosion, frozen in time, incorporates an element of uncertainty.