ALKISTIS MAVROKEFALOU: “tithoni”
26.01.23 @ 18:00
On Thursday, January 26th, from 18:00 to 21:00, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents Alkistis Mavrokefalou’s first solo show, curated by Galini Lazani.
About his work An end – A beginning, Nikos Alexiou said: “This design, these lines, stand on the threshold. They are death and birth at the same time. They are both the end and the beginning”. This phrase could very well describe the entire artistic work of Alkistis Mavrokefalou. Because, even though at a first glance you may think that her work is all about nature or sensitivity or even romanticism, it entails some of the most profound existential questions that tantalize the human species. Life and death, pain and love, our place in the world and the connection between all its components, the continuity of existence.
In the exhibition tithoni* the artist presents a new series of micro-sculptures, continuing to gather most of her materials from nature. Exoskeletons of cicadas and shellfish, flower petals, fruit cores and nut shells co-exist with dry colour pigments, threads, lace and resin, in order to create environments and characters which define and claim the space around them. She builds up her installations in the space or confines them in transparent plexiglass boxes, complementing them with laborious drawings on millimetre paper, which often depict patterns of the human anatomy. For, within this natural environment, Mavrokefalou places herself and every human being, both as an observer and a participant, acknowledging the ironic contrast between fragility and resilience in the cycle of life.
*the title of the exhibition paraphrases the name of the mythological hero Tithonus. The gods granted him eternal life, but not eternal youth. To liberate him from eternal old age after all, they transformed him into a cicada.
Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center
26.01.2023 – 24.03.2023