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Venia Dimitrakopoulou works with a wide variety of materials: stone, marble, metal, paper, the digital image, sound and speech. This helps her penetrate into more aspects of artistic creation. Influenced by her studies in theater and music, she tries to connect sculpture, music and happenings, and narrative and theoretical discourse into a single ensemble that addresses emotions and the mind equally. “What interests me most is the space between pairs of opposites. From the hard, rough, aged stone, to the delicate, ephemeral, thin paper. From the very small to the very large scale. From matter to non- matter, and so on. This intermediate space, the point where opposites come together, where all probabilities meet. I suspect that somewhere there lies the understanding of the world, and that challenges me to keep on searching in that direction.”

Biographical note

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Venia Dimitrakopoulou was born in Athens, Greece. She learnt sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts while studying theatre at the Athens Conservatoire Drama School. She has also attended drawing classes at the Atelier Vivant of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA). She lives and works in Athens and on the island of Aegina. She is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece (EETE).

She has presented her work in solo exhibitions and participated in group shows in Greece and abroad. Her work is located in public spaces as well as private collections in Greece and abroad.

In 2014, Venia Dimitrakopoulou Promahones, was published by Hatje Cantz, a publication that focuses on her large-scale sculpture Promahones, this sculptural installation was first presented at the Benaki Museum at, Pireos st. Annexe during the winter of 2014-2015. Since 2016, the sculptural installation has been installed in the garden of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

In recent years, she has been active in Italy with solo exhibitions and participating in well-known art events.

In 2016, one of her drawings was selected to become the cover of the revised publication of Mario Vitti’s History of Modern Greek Literature (Cafoscarina publications, Venice).

She participates in the working group, “Tempo Forte”, a cultural initiative of the ambassador of Italy in Greece that promotes cultural dialogue and the establishment at an intergovernmental level of common aspects of the identity of the two countries. From November 2018 till June 2019 Venia Dimitrakopoulou presented a series of personal exhibitions entitled “Primordial Future” in Palermo, Turin and Trieste.

Ιn January 2017, the president of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella made her a Cavaliere of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, “in recognition of her contribution, through her artistic work, to creating bonds with Italy, a country with which she feels deeply connected”.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2019

  • Syros, Primordial Future, A Trilogy of exhibitions: Matter, Logos, Sound, Cyclades Art Gallery
  • Paros, Various Works, Achillea Gallery

2019-2018

  • Primordial Future Trilogy of exhibitions Matter- Logos- Sound:
    • Palermo: Archeological Museum of Palermo "Antonino Salinas"
    • Torino: Gallery della Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
    • Trieste: Sartorio Museum and Castello Di San Giusto
  • “An Archeology of Timelessness”, ΑΝΤΙ Art Gallery, Antiparos, Greece.

2016

  • “Selected works”, Artespressione Gallery, Milan, Greece.
  • “On Guard II”, Eynardeion, Aegina, Greece.

2014 – 2015

  • “Promahones”, a sculptural installation, Benaki Museum, Pireos st. Annexe, Athens, Greece.

2013

  • Literature as performance: in the context of the international scientific conference organized by the society for the promotion and learning with the collaboration of the Hellenic studies center of Harvard University, Arsakeio, Athens

2011

  • “Mapping Oneself”, Athens Art Gallery and Blue Building in Exharcheia, Athens, Greece.

2009

  • “Conquered Territories of Mneme and Cosmos”, Athens Art Gallery, Athens, Greece.
  • “Faces from the Volcano”, Atrium of the Athens Hilton Hotel, Athens, Greece.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018

  • “Black in White”, Historical Archive of the Cultural Section of Pireos Bank, in the framework of Athens 2018-World Book Capital, Athens, Greece.
  • “Wopart”, Work on Paper Art Fair, Centro Esposizioni, Technochoros Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland.
  • “Don’t Judge a Cover by its Artist”, The Art Foundation (TAF), Athens, Greece.

2017

  • “Artists in Athens – City of Crisis”, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Berlin) and Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, Greece.

2015

  • “Imago Mundi” participation to the Greek collection of Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy.
  • “Art Dovecotes”, in collaboration with the platform of art and culture Aegeanale, Diles and Rinies, Tinos, Greece.

2013

  • “1 st Mykonos Biennale”, Ciné Manto, Mykonos, Greece.

2012 – 2013

  • “The Art of Bookbinding: From Byzantium to Contemporary Artistic Creation”, Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, Greece.
  • “The Other Greece”, a benefit exhibition to support education and art. Kouros Gallery New York, NY. Fulbright Foundation Greece.

2011

  • Presentation of the “Life Giving Spring” video in the context of the “Researcher Night” (Marie Curie Actions) to the National Hellenic Research Foundation Greece.

2010

  • “Open Spaces”, 11 artistic interventions in the town of Aegina, Greece.
  • “Breaths of Art”, Park of Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece.
  • “Ceramic Symposium”, Aegina Archaeological Museum, Aegina island, Greece.
  • “Marathon – 2,500 years”, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Greece.
  • “Greek Artists’ Books: Contemporary Artworks & Editions”, Art-Athina, Athens, Greece.

2008

  • “Silent Dialogues: Portraits of Multimedia in the Passage of Time”, ACG Art Gallery, “American College of Greece”, Athens, Greece.
  • “Aegina of the Painters”, Cultural Organization of the Municipality of Aegina, Greece.

WORKS AND STUDIES FOR PUBLIC SPACES

  • “Golden Spear” Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas, Palermo
  • “Emergence”, public art installation (in progress).
  • “Elxis”, installation for the hotel Mykonos Riviera (in progress).
  • “Promahones”, garden of the National Archeological Museum of Athens (2016).
  • “Fallen warriors”, Athens Was Hotel, Lycabettus, Athens, Greece (2015).
  • “On Guard I”, site-specific installation at the Kapodistrian Orphanage, Aegina, Greece (2015).
  • “Towards Light”, Phosphor Asset Management S.A., Lugano, Switzerland (2010).
  • “Αgamemnon”, in the Athens Hilton Hotel, Greece (2009).
  • Relief bust of musician Dimitris Mitropoulos, in the American College of Greece (2008).
  • Relief bust of Eleftherios Venizelos, in the American College of Greece (2007).
  • Bust of Dr Iakovos Diamantopoulos, at the Municipality of Lavrion, Attica. (2006).
  • Sculptural installation in a public space in Kastella, Piraeus. (2005).
  • Sculptural installation and artistic study for remodeling and upgrading the harbour entrance of Aegina island, Greece (2004).
  • Three relief busts of Eleftherios Venizelos, in the Athens International Airport – ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ (2001)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Venia Dimitrakopoulou, Allemandi publications. Torino, 2018
  • Dialogues, 3 rd vol. of Mirrors. Polyphonic narrations on a social world in crisis, Alexandreia Publications, Athens 2015.
  • Venia Dimitrakopoulou. Promahones, Hatje Cantz, Berlin,2014.
  • Μapping oneself, Futura Publications, Athens 2011.
  • Γλυπτική – Sculpture, Futura Publications, Athens 2010.
  • Conquered Territories of Mneme and Cosmos, Phoinikas Publications, Athens 2009.

ARTIST TALKS – PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Presentation with the theme: “Writing and Logos as an image” at the Faculty of Architects of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2019.
  • Lecture on “Sculpture by Giannoulis Chalepas” at the postgraduate programme of the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens 2018.
  • Presentation of artistic work at the American College of Greece – Deree, Athens 2017.
  • Speech on the subject “Love-Death-Self” in the postgraduate programme of the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens 2016./li>
  • Lecture on “The sacred in art” Wolfson College, Oxford 2015.
  • Workshop on contemporary Greek art at the Biennale Giardini as part of the educational programme of the Biennale, Venice 2015.
  • Presentation of artistic work at the Ca’ Foscari University, Venice 2015.
  • Lecture on “The sacred in art”, Benaki Museum, Pireos Annexe, Athens 2010.
  • 2007 onwards Organises sculpture workshops for children in Aegina, Greece./li>
  • She has also developed cultural activity in a specially organized space in Aegina (small theatre of Iason Molfessis), where she hosts and/or organizes theatrical performances, concerts, sculptural works, poetry evenings, etc.