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.

 

SOLO SHOW

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 (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 SHOW

2018

The Materiality of the painterly event, cur. Denys Zacharopoulos, City of Athens Arts Centre, Athens (GR)
Geometries, Onassis Cultural Centre-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 (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 2005 (FR)

Arco Madrid (ES)

Resistenze, Villa de BankFounation, Enschede (NL)

2004

Vor Ort, Garash galeria, Mexico City (MX)

PRIZE

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

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)