From March 9 to April 14, 2018, the Zampelas Art Museum presents the exhibition entitled “And what is left of the rose, is only the name” of the artist Athina Antoniadou. The exhibition uses the continuous relocations of the artist’s studio as a basic concept, in an attempt to understand the human condition. Her travels in various parts of the world have given her the moniker ‘artist-nomad’.
Settling in many different studios around the world defined the evolution of her artistic practice. In this exhibition the artist is invited to move from her studio in Cyprus, where she currently resides, to the public exhibition space of the museum. Antoniadou’s new work is manifested through the ‘relocation’ itself, actually settling in the space.
The exhibition exposes the artist's space; the personal environment, the studio is transferred to the museum premises, transforming a private space into a communal space. Within an arrangement of works and objects, the viewer is invited to observe the relationship between an artist and their space. The public’s participation in the new space enables the work presented to transcend into a collective.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 9 March 2018, Friday at 7:30 pm. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Monika Asimenou and Marina Christodoulidou, in collaboration with the architect Michalis Vassiliades. In the framework of the exhibition, the curators organized the symposium entitled ”Space, Language and the Responsibility of the Artist" to take place at the Melina Merkouri Hall on March 26, 2018.
Athina Antoniadou was born in Nicosia in 1962. She studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland (1981-1985). In 1989 she began her PhD at the Fine Arts School of Madrid, which she intermitted in 1994. In 2000 she co-ran KITA, an underground artistic community in Berlin, where she lived for 13 years. She has explored shamanism in Africa, Latin America, and Cyprus. For two years she was the director of the Argo Gallery in Nicosia, a space where the artist explored themes such as the return to nature and the artist's responsibility.