Apostolos Georgiou

Venue: 
PAVILLION 6

Georgiou’s work is about people in spaces.

Even if we tend to perceive those spaces as architecture or even as a city, the installed stage set describes, instead, spaces of the soul, which are part of imaginings stemming from our relationship with the Other as well as with our own self. These are spaces of abstraction and color games.

Seen collectively, his work is about human relationships, about situations left unspoken for years, about seconds that can change one’s life. Comical heroes are depicted in tragic moments (the tragic element is amusing and terrible at the same time). Theatricality and the cinema are brought together on a daily basis.

The Greece of the 1950s is the main reference and source of inspiration for Georgiou; for him, it is more than enough to be alert and look around you, watching the same heroes and heroines rise and fall.

Problems that words cannot solve are trying to keep a precarious balance in the large canvas panels that resemble murals. There is no happy ending in these solutions. They have neither beginning, middle nor end; they are volatile. Georgiou’s work resembles dreams.

 

Biography: 

b. 1952, Thessaloniki

Studied architecture (1971-1973) at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Vienna and went on (1973-1975) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. He has presented his work in solo exhibitions: Frieze New York (2013) • Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2012) • Apostolos Georgiou. Painting, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2011) • Rebecca Camhi, Athens (2000). He has also participated in group exhibitions such as: The System of Objects, DESTE Foundation, Athens (2013) • All That Shines Ain’t No Gold, Rodeo, Istanbul (2012) • The First Image, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki and Centre regional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc Rousillon, Séte, France (2009) • ANOS 80 UNA TOPOPLGIA, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2006).

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