Between the busy intersection of Alexandras and Kiffissias Avenues in Athens, lies a little piece of paradise called Ampelokipoi square, which means "vineyards garden". I will transport my painter studio to an open public location, where I will be coexisting with the natural environment and inviting the passerbys to spend a day reflecting and discussing the relationship that has existed throughout history, between art and nature, while encouraging contemplation and enjoyment of this spot. Ampelokipoi square is a special place in the middle of Athens where hundreds of people pass by daily but rarely spend time in it.
For my “8 to 8” I will be painting and engaging with the passerbys. In addition, I will place some of the work included in my series Third Women in different parts of the square, transforming it into an active onsite interaction between natural environment, gallery, studio, public and artist.
Based on the book The Third Woman by the French philosopher and sociologist Gilles Lipovetsky, this series consisting of pictorial representations of females encased inside half dome plexiglass or portraits that emerge behind crumbling walls. Using the female body as the main protagonist of the work to reflect on the identity and women's condition in contemporary society, through faces and moving bodies which resist, revolt and reaffirm their identity.
When: May 19th, 2012
Where: Ampelokipoi square
(intersection of Alexandras and Kiffissias Avenues)