ATHINA IOANNOU

Born in 1968 in Athens (GR)
lives and works in Düsseldorf (DE)

 

Athina Ioannou’s artistic production consists of pictorial and minimalist interventions linked to a dialogue with the space and architecture that support them, as well as with the context of the site of exhibition. Ioannou observes the environment deeply, establishing links with its materials and its inhabitants, collecting objects of local provenance which result in compositions that question the space and give it a new lecture.
The artist usually works with textiles – common or precious – cutting them in different forms and soaking them in linseed oil, sometimes tracing vertical graphite lines on the material. The oil enhances the physical qualities of the fabric, intensifes the colours and makes the painted surface transparent. Due to the manual repetition of certain resources, Athina Ioannou’s work shows similar – but never identical – visual results, through which the artists searches aesthetic satiety through a deep exploration of the same subject. Ioannou’s work is the result of perseverance and of a prolonged search, which, with a consistent style, explores themes such as rhythm, transparency, light, movement and creates compositions that reveal themselves little by little.

 

Athina Iannou studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, as well as the Art Academy Düsseldorf.
She has participated in several individual and collective exhibitions, among which we can highlight : The song of Nightingale, Insel Hombroich foundation, Neuss, Germany, Who is afraid of the walls, The Benaki Museum of Islamic Art, Athens, L’emprise du lieu curated by Daniel Buren in Dommaine Pommery, France, and A Tiger Cannot Change Its Stripes, Museumcultuur Strombeek/Gent,Belgium, Curated by Luk Lambrecht & Lieze Eneman.

 


 

“I believe that the ‘given’ exhibition space could be very interesting when viewed critically. After that, it should be necessary to discover other possibilities as well, where something could change ever so slightly, where it may still even be almost impossible to exhibit. The truth is that what I desire is not answers, rather the opposite, namely, to generate questions through presentation. I like to work in a way that is direct, transparent, seemingly simple, almost letting things reveal themselves, that’s what interests me most. Furthermore, history concerns me deeply (in relation to its making a statement on current reality), that particular kind of human record, of this (via art) continuum: To make so as to be able to see, that is, to be able to take the risk of beginning something without knowing how it will turn out in its final form.

I perceive painting in the same way as I feel poetry, as something that we should not try to explain, to comprehend with the sense of educating. It is essential to live it, to feel it. And this is the relationship. Personally, I do not care to render an artwork that describes something with the pictorial concept of descriptiveness, that of being educational or illustrational.

It is the language that interests me; that a thing, an action, an intervention, a presence, a situation can become language and indeed why not, a new language. To be able to be read and written, to be, to exist. It is one thing for something to be born on site, as is born a tree; it is another for it to be transferred.”

Athina Ioannou, Who is Afraid of the Walls?, 2013

 


 

[READING LIST]

Selected essays:

  • “A vibrant beam of light reveals the rythm of the world” by Denys Zacharopoulos, 2019 (EN)
  • “Athina Ioannou à L’aspirateur” by Denys Zacharopoulos, 2015 (FR)
  • “Athina Ioannou. The Intensification of Presence.” by Denys Zacharopoulos, 2013 (EN)
  • “Who is Afraid of the Walls?” by Athina Ioannou, 2013 (EN)

Press:

 

"Athina Ioannou | ARTIST IN FOCUS", Irène Laub Gallery, 2020
"Athina Ioannou | In-situ installation 'Rose is a Rose'", Irène Laub Gallery, 2020
"Athina Ioannou", le mur dans le miroir, 2015

COLLECTIONS

Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain – Occitanie (MRAC), Serignan (FR)

Deutsche Bank AG, Paris (FR)

L.A.C. Lieu d’art Contemporain, Narbonne (FR)

Galerie des Petits Carreaux, Paris (FR)

Daniel Buren collection, Paris (FR)

Damien Hirst collection, London (GB)

Benaki Museum, Athens (GR)

SOLO SHOWS

2019

Floating gestures, ARCH, Athens (GR)

2018

Mythologies, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2017

Polifonías, Galería Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)

2016

Athina Ioannou, Rose is a Rose is a Rose, Hopstreet gallery, Brussels (BE)

IN DE WIND, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek/Gent, Ghent (BE)

2015

ATHINA IOANNOU Manifestation L’Aspirateur, Contemporary art space and Lapidaries Museum, Narbonne (FR)

2013

Who is afraid of the Walls? (II)
, MMCA Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessalonica (GR)

The song of Nightingale, Insel Hombroich foundation, Neuss (DE)

2012

Who is afraid of the Walls?, The Benaki Muséum of Islamic art, Athens (GR)

2011

Quartetti, cur. Ursula Wiegand, Neonhalle, Bochum (DE)

Petits chorals, Showroom Tina Miyake, Düsseldorf (DE)

2009

Dragée, Galleria Hilario Galguera, Leipzig (DE)

2008

Amande, L.A.C., Sigean (FR)

2007

De l’Amande au Tournesol, Espace d’art contemporain HEC, Paris (FR)

Poussin//Corail, Hall de Deutsche Bank AG, Paris (FR)

Athina Ioannou, Dipinti a olio, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)

GROUP SHOWS

2019

Gigantisme – Art & Industry FRAC Grand Large – Hauts-de-France and LAAC – Musée de France, with the association L’Art contemporain and the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Littoral Hauts-de-France, Dunkirk (FR)

L’Art Chemin Faisant… Paysages des FormesCentre d’art L’Atelier d’Estienne, Pont-Scorff (FR)

7th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Organisation of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki,  Thessalonica (GR)

Achrome, Irène Laub Gallery, Bruxelles (BE)

2018

The Materiality of the painterly event, cur. Denys Zacharopoulos, City of Athens Arts Centre, Athens (GR)

Geometries, Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, Athens (GR)

2017

La Pergola, MRAC Musée Régional D’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan (FR)

2016

Transitions, cur. Denys Zacharopoulos/ Alexandra RoussopoulosLa Galerie épisodique, Paris (FR)

ATHINA IOANNOU_0NZE KERK, in the context of the exhibition Daniel Buren A Tiger Cannot Change Its Stripes, cur. Luk Lambrecht & Lieze Eneman Jacques Villeglé. Museumcultuur Strombeek/Gent, Ghent (BE)

2015

L.A.C. Lieu d’Art Contemporain, Sigean (FR)

A-rena Anacapri, Capri Clou espace d’art, Capri (IT)

Toile de Jouy-regards contemporains , Espace d’art contemporain HEC, Paris (FR)

Vertigo Arte; Centro Internazionale per la Cultura e le Arti Visive, Cosenza (IT)

2014

INDEX 4, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)

2012

Jaunes, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris (FR)

2010

Resituations, Commissaire exposition, LA CIT-Chapelle de Penitents, Ariane (FR)

Toccata e Fuga, Vertigo Arte, Centro Internazionale per la Cultura e le Arti Visive, Cosenza (IT)

Que du Papier, L.A.C. Lieu d’art Contemporain, Sigean (FR)

2009

Imperium/Che viva Mexico!, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Leipzig (DE)

2008

Wallpaintings 9+1/1+9, cur. Luk Lambrecht, Koen Leemans, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek & Cultuurcentrum Mechelen (BE)

Index#2, Galleria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)

Athina Ioannou Antonello Curcio, cur. Jackie-Ruth MEYER, invited by Daniel Buren, Centre d’art le Lait, Castres (FR)

2007

Index#1, Gallery Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)

Ensemble(s)II, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (FR)

L’Emprise du Lieu, Expérience Pommery #4 Domaine Pommery, Reims (FR)

2006

Musée Régionale d’Art Contemporain, Sérignan (FR)

Ensemble(s), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (FR)

2005

Contrepoints, Benaki Muséum, Pireos street annex, Athens (GR)

Poussin, Galerie Ruzicska///Weiss, Düsseldorf (DE)

À y regarder de prés, Espace d’art Contemporain G. Fayet, Sérignan (FR)

Volumen, Kunstraum, Düsseldorf (DE)

Avenirs de Villes /Future for cities, Nancy (FR)

Resistenze, Villa de BankFounation, Enschede (NL)

2004

Vor Ort, Garash galeria, Mexico City (MX)

FAIRS

2020
2019
2005

Arco Madrid (ES)

PRIZES

2013

Jubiläums Stiftung der Sparkasse Neuss (DE)

Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Düsseldorf / Neuss (DE)

2012

Kunststiftung NRW, Düsseldorf (DE)

2007

Espace d’art contemporain HEC, Paris (FR)

2006

Prix de sculpture de l’ambassade de Grèce en France, Paris (FR)

2005

Reisestipendium, Istanbul; Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf (DE)

2004

DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst), Bonn (DE)

RESIDENCIES

2019

ARCH, Athens (GR)

2015

L’ASPIRATEUR, Contemporary art space, Narbonne (FR)

2013

Gast Atelier, Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Neuss (DE)

2007

Espace d’art contemporain HEC, Paris (FR)

2006 - 2007

Cité internationale des arts, Paris (FR)