curated by Samuel Leuenberger
The artist’s oeuvre of painterly and sculptural works use as their point of departure autobiographical sources such as the lusciously ferocious high-life her father has lived or the trauma of her grandmother losing her leg to gangrene that she then exaggerates and transforms using literary, historical and pop cultural references that relate to her vision of her life as an artist living and working today in London. Athena Papadopoulos’ works are densely layered surfaces featuring imagery that are at once of a seductive and repulsive nature; they use photographic and hand drawn elements, t-shirt transfers and textile elements and other materials to create collages that are made using performative gestures such as spitting medicines and wine, scratching, splashing and staining the surface. Papadopoulos creates environments that could be home to a dream-like, hedonistic cast of characters who are celebrating being alive every second but who cannot help but relish in the larger, darker and more complex meanings of life. (SL)
A SPECIAL THANKS TO
ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS was born in 1988 in Toronto and she lives and works in London. Selected recent exhibitions include: Natural Instincts, curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Les Urbaines, Lausanne (2015); Metaforms, curated by Nicholas Baume, as part of the Public Sector of Art Basel Miami Beach 2015; Rancho Rat-King-Cougar, Supportico Lopez, Berlin (2015); Zabludowicz Invites, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2015); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, London and Liverpool (2014). Her work is on view at DRAF as part of the group show Streams of Warm Impermanence (2016).