KALLIOPI LEMOS

Biography

(B. 1951, Greece)

Kalliopi Lemos is a Greek-born, London-based sculptor, painter and installation artist. 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. Over the past decade, her paintings, sculpture, and installations have explored the narrative of existential journeys, displacement and the politics of forced migration. During the last decade Lemos has exhibited extensively in various international venues.

These previous works and the exhibition in Ioakamion School mainly reflect Kalliopi Lemos’s persistent interest in the dignity and fate of destitute and power-stricken multitudes, victims of immeasurable neo-capitalism and irresponsibility of political powers. This is correspondingly one of the most projected concerns of UN Commission. The crucial knowledge that indicates the reasons of   social and political crisis in patriarchal and male-controlled societies has been implemented by UN Commission on the Status of Women since Mexico (1975), Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995) conferences. The critical areas of concern such as Women and Poverty, Violence against Women, Women and Armed Conflict, Human Rights of Women, Women and the Media, Women and the Environment, The Girl-child were identified in the Beijing Platform for Action and still prevailing in its most severe forms.

Kalliopi Lemos’s work decisively intends to open a visual sphere of knowledge, perception and awareness into this reality.

Solo Exhibitions
2018 All is to Be Dared, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2018 Tools of Endearment, Greenwich Peninsula (public art installation), London, UK
2017 Pledges, Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France
2017 Wooden Boat with Seven People, Spital Square (public art installation), London, UK
2017 St James Square (public art installation), Westminster, London, UK
2016 Pledges, Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France
2016/17 The Stiletto (public placement, part of the City of Sculpture), Golden Square, Soho London, UK
2016 Kalliopi Lemos: In Balance, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2015 At the Centre of the World, Nitra Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2015 ‘Nitra Gallery presents Kalliopi Lemos’ Booth at Art Athina, Athens, Greece
2013/15 I Am I Between Worlds and Between Shadows, loakimion Greek Girls’ High School, Fener, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 Pledges, site-specific installation, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens, Greece
2013 Passages of Substance, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens, Greece
2012 Encountering Less-Remembered Lives, @ a.antonopoulou.art gallery, Athens, Greece
2011 Navigating in the Dark, Part I, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
2011 Navigating in the Dark, Part II, Ibrahim Khan Mosque, Fortezza, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
2011 Navigating in the Dark, Part III, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London, UK
2009 At Crossroads, Brandenburg Gate, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
2008 Transitions, BM Suma, Istanbul, Turkey
2007 Round Voyage, santralistanbul, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
2006/09 Crossing, Old Olive Factory, Eleufsina, Greece
2006 Rites of Passage, Pinakotheke of Cyclades, Syros, Greece
1999 Kalliopi Lemos, Angela Flowers Gallery, London, UK

Group Exhibitions
2017 Not Just Yet, Nitra Gallery, Athens, Greece
2016 Spheres 9, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France
2016 Contemporary Vanitas (curated by Lee Sharrock), Lights of Soho, London, UK
2016 Culturelines Sans Frontieres, ARTinTRA, Athens, Greece
2015/16 Wispers, Museum of Contemporary Art Crete, Greece
2011 Polyglossia, Stegi Grammaton & Texnon, Onassis Foundation, Athens, Greece
2004 Artists’ Books, ICA, London, UK

Art Fairs
2017 Fragments. Çanakkale Art Walk 2017: Homeland, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany
2017 Moving Image: Performance, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA
2016 Moving Image, New York, USA
2015 Gazelli Art House presents Kalliopi Lemos at ArtInternational Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Moving Image, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Nitra Gallery presents Kalliopi Lemos at Art Athina, Greece

Public Collections
Borusan Collection, Istanbul, Turkey
Perpetual Transitions, Onassis Cultural Foundation, New York, USA
Pledges for a Safe Passage, 3rd International Canakkale Biennale, Turkey
Round Voyage, santralistanbul, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey

Awards
2015 The Borusan Contemporary Art Collection Prize, Istanbul, Turkey

Education
1988-91 BA, Painting and Engraving, Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
1991-93 MA, Painting, Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

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