Opening: 04/10/18 Duration: 04/10-10/11/18

An Earthly Matter

04.10.2018 – 10.11.2018

On Thursday, October 4th 2018, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents the group show titled An Earthly Matter, with participating artists Christie Boutsai, Evangelia Dimitrakopoulou, Alkistis Mavrokefalou.

The show will run until November 10th 2018.

 The living space goes beyond the geometric space

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

In the exhibition An Earthly Matter, in the work of the three artists there is a common “act” on the emancipation of the form to a name. The wider fiction that is taking place reveals the relationship of a subject, of a non-conscious “ego,” into a compulsion universe as to the definition of memory. At the “crossing” of their conceptual paths, the multiplicity of materials they use includes, among others, plaster, lace, wood, thread, silver, as well as the imaginary element of non-existing entities. The phenomenological boundaries between consciousness and the world, the reconstruction of personal memory, raise nostalgia and reflection. The event can be defined as a point if it is perceived in a continuum of time or space, as a glow, as an element or sign that deviates from the straight line of the duration. The combination of memory and imagination reveals the forms of matter. It is an “earthly matter,” a natural state that raises questions about the nature of sculpture, where gravity and freedom of matter are inherent. In the work of Evangelia Dimitrakopoulou memory acquires the sense of mourning for the body. It finds her first hiding place in the body. It lives there, under the nails and hair, at the base of the clavicle, in the fingers. These forms, inspired by the dowry fabrics, create usable temporary accommodations, preserve, embrace and swallow.

The unity of the works of Alkistis Mavrokefalou is born of the observation of the fictional and geometric boundaries of the imaginary convention of a creature called the Guardian, a character of a personal mythology called Carte Anatographica. It represents the parallel imaginary dimension of the real that is governed by the alternations of instinct and its crash.

In the work of Christie Boutsai, the “accords” of materials act as traces that leave their memory unchanged. They create real and fictitious links, which derive from previous information. Remains and fragments of those who left are standing up, building something new from the beginning.

Works-results of conceptual gestures and actions that fertilize the relationships between the different elements and concepts they themselves give birth to. The place which contains the inner history of creative practice, the very diversity of the transition, the limitation of temporality and the secession from the present. Finally, a core with an archetypal array appears to mark the boundary space and brings out through the event the excluded subject, an empathy. Margarita KatagaArt Historian


Evangelia Dimitrakopoulou is studying at the Goldsmiths University of London (Master of Fine Arts). She studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under the superivision of G. Houliaras, A. Liti, P. Handris and M. Spiliopoulos. She has participated in a series of exhibitions such as: Rooms 2018 – Kappatos Gallery, Degree Show 2017- Athens School of Fine Arts, A mere-exposure effect – Ileana Tounta Gallery, Studios 2017 – Taf- Art Foundation, Art Athina 2017 – Ileana Tounta Booth , Circuits & Currents – A user guide to minor spaces.

Alkistis Mavrokefalou graduated from Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (Bachelor of Fine Arts), her dissertation’s supervisors being Brian Catling and Malcolm Bull and obtained her MFA from the Athens School of Fine Arts (Master of Fine Arts) with supervisors Marios Spiliopoulos, Pantelis Chandris, Assimina Kaniari. She has participated in a series of exhibitions such as: Rooms 2018 – Kappatos Gallery, MFA Degree Show-ASKT 2017, InBetween-DepoDarm, 2017, Mind the Gap-Kodra, KodraFresh Thessaloniki, 2016, On LoandBehold’s participation in the Athens Biennale 2015, Omonoia, Ruskin Degree Show -The Green Shed, Oxford 2015, Plots-Pontigny Room, St Edmund Hall, Queen’s Lane, 2014, Per Form, Free Cake, Dilston Grove Gallery, 2012, London.

Christy Boutsai is a student at the Athens School of Fine Arts with supervisors Pantelis Chandris and Marios Spiliopoulos. She has participated in exhibitions Garden versions: from inside out and from outside – Old hospital of Amfissa, 2018, curated by F. Zika, N. Papadopoulos, Painters and sculptors carving – The Sotiris Felios Collection, 2018, curated by D. Gotzou, L. Blioumi, Illustration 2- Gavrilidis Publishing, 2018, edited by M. Spiliopoulos.

2018, exhibitions, Group Exhibitions