| “I am out with lanterns, looking for myself”
((Emily Dickinson (The Complete Poems, 1955)).
Light pencil strokes, and in other places dark ones. Strokes that reveal human figures. Dancing figures. Or maybe figures that fight. That hug each other. Or push you away. Figures that have faith. That have lost their faith. That love. That cry. That are like children. That are getting old. That are constantly moving. So many figures, just like the lines that live on our skins. They become free, they escape from the paper. They become bodies. They appear in front of our eyes, just like ghosts. You can't be sure that you've actually seen them. They exist between the pencil that touches them and the white surface they are part of.
Maybe they are your shadows. Or a memory. Or an experience. Or maybe a feeling? They could be someone's diary. Or they might be a group of people passing by at a distance.
Panagiota Altanopoulou’s Shapes of Identity is all of the above. It is a mirror. Your mirror and others' too. It is that place where we become one with the magnificent stranger, but mainly with our unknown self, our own ghost. It is a diary, a personal path, a unique space/dance, the stories of our bodies, a modern allegory of the cave. Panagiota dares to go out and look for her own ghost. What about you? Are you going to do the same? |
photos by: Eleftheria Katsianou
Tatoiou 134, 14671, Nea Erithrea
Sept 10 - Oct 3, 2021
(IT IS A WINDOW EXHIBITION) or you can BOOK YOUR VISIT
*The event will operate following COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Monday-Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 – 16:00
Tuesday-Thursday-Friday: 11:00 – 20:00
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2021, PANAGIOTA ALTANOPOULOU, Athens
Panagiota Altanopoulou was born in 1993, in Patras, Greece. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media and Communication from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She has also studied modern piano, guitar, and vocals next to renowned professionals at Lab Music Education. She has been a singer-songwriter since 2013, taking part in folk, country folk, and indie bands and projects. She has had the chance to explore and head out for the inventive and ever fertile musical background of Athens, as well as collaborate with talented folk and jazz musicians and songwriters. In addition to her music studies, she has attended a 3-year seminar in drama improvisation, next to director Eleni Skotes.
Having launched Recesses Of The Soul in 2016, Panagiota connected with a plethora of artists and creatives all around the world, getting inspired by their incredible undertakings and abilities. Through sketching and writing, she inspected the role of mental health and art in the human experience spectrum, documenting it through movement and bodily expressions. Social media has been the means through which she explored how the self-connects with a medium, while also working as the tool and the channel through which one uncovers their identity. In her latest exhibition, titled “Shapes Of Identity”, she uses abstract lines and movement figures to depict the collective experience as a measure of dialogue between the self and the in-between / look alike / simulated environments, formulated in the space between media and the consumer.