Kalliopi Lemos, Boxed World no.1, 2015, Photograph, figurine made of steel skeleton, air drying clay and Japanese paper, box made with reclaimed wood, 74 x 54 x 20 cm, Nitra Gallery. Courtesy of Nitra Gallery and the artist.
Kalliopi Lemos, Still from At the Centre of the World Film, 2015, Nitra Gallery. Courtesy of Nitra Gallery and the artist
Kalliopi Lemos , Figurines, 2015, Steel skeleton, air drying clay and Japanese paper, Varied dimensions, Nitra Gallery. Courtesy of Nitra Gallery and the artist
Kalliopi Lemos, Iron Sphere, 2015, Iron, Diameter 80cm, Nitra Gallery. Courtesy of Nitra Gallery and the artist
At the Center of the World
51 Philippou Str, 54631 Thessaloniki, Greece
28th May - 9th July 2015
& by appointment
Kalliopi Lemos’s "At the Center of the World" exhibition participates in the 4th Thessaloniki Performance Festival, part of the main program of the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art 23 May - 30 June 2015
After a series of large scale installations in Greece and abroad, London, Istanbul and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, where she presented works with intense references to immigration, Kalliopi Lemos continues to deal with the issue of human rights, the lack of respect of human dignity and the woman’s position in modern society.
After the big success of the exhibition I am I Between Worlds and Between Shadows in the Ioakeimeion School of Istanbul, Nitra Gallery presents the new work of Kalliopi Lemos under the title At the Center of the World.
In this body of work the artist examines ‘the anguished effort for balance and internal freedom’ as it is represented through a short film that captures the effort for balance and control of a woman closed in an iron sphere. The exhibition is completed with wall installations of mixed media and small sculptures.
Marilena Zaroulia (Senior Lecturer in Drama, Department of Performing Arts, The University of Winchester) underlines: ‘A figure trapped in an iron sphere; a woman, literally and metaphorically the source of life, sits in the ‘centre of the world.’ She attempts to balance – to no avail. She is taken by the power of movement, rolling incessantly. Galileo's famous exclamation of defiance echoes: ‘and yet it moves’. Indeed, if the earth is moving, how can we stand still? How can we find a balance in a universe that we don’t control? Where is the centre of this universe and how can we reach it?’ ‘In a world where many desire to excel, to be ‘at the centre of the world’, what is the price that they must pay? How did the woman find herself in that sphere? Was that a choice? ? ‘When they were building the walls, how could I not have noticed!’ wrote Cavafy – the sphere, which perhaps she so desired, turned into her predicament; the choice became struggle.’
About the artist
Kalliopi Lemos is a Greek-born, London-based sculptor, painter and installation artist. The last few years she creates site specific installations. She studied painting and printing at Byam Shaw School of Art, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, where she also pursued post-graduate studies. She studied the art of Ikebana for 15 years. She lives and works in London.
Lemos’ work focuses on the issue of human rights and the respect of human dignity, the position of woman in modern society and the increased global illegal immigration. She has extensively exhibited her work in Greece as well as internationally in Berlin, Istanbul, London and New York. Her works are held in private collections and permanent public exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
Some of her most acclaimed projects are:
2013-2015 I Am I Between Worlds and Between Shadows, Ioakimion Greek Girls’ High School, Fener, Istanbul. A parallel event of the 13th Istanbul Biennial - further extended until March 2015.
2014 Pledges, site-specific installation, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens
2013 Passages of Substance, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens.
2012 Encounters with Less-Remembered Lives, a.antonopoulou.art gallery, Athens.
2011 Navigating in the Dark, Part I, Benaki Museum, Athens. Navigating in the Dark, Part IΙ, Ibrahim Khan Mosque, Crete. Navigating in the Dark, Part IΙΙ, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London
2009 At Crossroads, Brandenburg Gate, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin.
2008 Transitions, BM Suma, Istanbul, Turkey.
2007 Round Voyage, santralistanbul, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey.
2006-2009 Crossing, Old Olive Factory, Eleusina.
2006 Rites of Passage, Pinakotheke of Cyclades, Syros.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 Polyglossia, Stegi Grammaton & Texnon, Onassis Foundation, Athens.
2004 Artists’ Books, ICA, London, United Kingdom.
Perpetual Transitions, Onassis Cultural Foundation, New York.
Round Voyage, santralistanbul, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Exhibition Dates: 28th May - 9th July 2015 Location: Nitra Gallery, 51 Philippou Str,
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11.00-15.00
Tuesday-Thursday-Friday 11.00-20.00 & by appointment