About Ioanna Pantazopoulou
Ioanna Pantazopoulou creates ephemeral monuments and large installations that aim to disrupt, transform and challenge the habitual approach one takes to spaces and objects. When Ioanna makes, she thinks with her hands. From the viewpoint of an experimenter, she builds what will provoke curiosity and consecutively trigger a whole chain of reactions. Spontaneity and experimentation, trial and error, become vital tools for her work process. She invites "˜chance' to capture her initial ideas in order to mislead the expected journey the work would undertake. She explores the physical and functional properties of found materials and discarded objects and reinvents from what was once rejected. The outcome appears ecstatic and ambiguous simultaneously suggesting a monumental celebration of ephemeral making and a hint / trace of her activity. In Pantazopoulou's works there is no single focal point; there is an unruly state of organized chaos that encourages the consideration of the relationships between a number of components and the interaction between things and their contexts. Ioanna Pantazopoulou was born in 1984, Athens, Greece. In September 2009, Ioanna completed a Master of Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design.
EDUCATION 2008 – 2009: MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design 2007 – 2008: Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design 2004 – 2007: BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting, Chelsea College of Art and Design 2003 – 2004: BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design GROUP EXHIBITIONS June ’10- Sep ‘10: Dimitrios Antonitsis presents: ‘CHAGALLESQUE’, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece May ’10: POST Artists Network presents: ‘AWAY DAY’, Wandle Park, Colliers Wood, London UK May ’10: ‘PUBLICTOPIA-Indoors’, Thermopilon 27, Kerameikos, Athens Greece Feb ’10: Foolish People presents: ‘A Red Threatening Sky’, The Old Abattoir, Clerkenwell, London UK Feb ’10: ARTAZ presents: ‘Surprise 2,’ TECHNOPOLIS, City of Athens. Athens, Greece Jan ’10: Michael Landy’s ARTBIN, South London Gallery, London, UK Nov ‘09: ‘Common Grounds,’ Yakovidis Gizis, Athens Municipality Building. Athens, Greece Apr ‘09: ‘Condensation 2009’, Bodhi Gallery. London, U.K. Mar ‘09-Apr ‘09: Brent Artists’ Resource presents: ‘Food For Thought,’ The Gallery at Willesden Green, London, U.K. Mar ‘09: ‘Boarding Gate’ curated by Alexandra Kollaros, K-Art Gallery. Athens, Greece Mar ‘09: AUGUST ART presents: ‘On CDOs and Double Clubs’ co-curated with Giacomo Picca, part of London EAST festival. Wharf Studios, London, U.K. Aug ‘08: ‘Chelsea Motel’, Chelsea College of Art and Design. London, U.K. Jun ‘08: ‘Scary Shit Happens’ hosted by ILOVEGIGS.COM, The Troubadour, London, U.K. May ‘08: ‘ConActions’, one day open air performance with Vera Portatadino, Chelsea College of Art and Design. London ,U.K. May ‘08: ‘THIRTEEN’, Union Tavern, London, U.K. Apr ‘08: ‘Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome’, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, U.K. Apr ‘08: ‘METASTASIS’ Performance with Magdalena Suranyi and Maxime Marando, Window Gallery’ at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, U.K. Apr ‘08: ‘Exhibition @ The Troubadour’ hosted by ILOVEGIGS.COM, The Troubadour. London, U.K. Jul ‘07: ‘Freshly Scratched’, performed and exhibited live, at the BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE. London, U.K. Jun ‘07: Site-specific installation in void/ fire-escape, Chelsea College of Art and Design. London, U.K. May‘07: ‘USURPAN’ features in Costa Urbana at the NOTTING HILL ARTS CLUB: A live-art performance in collaboration with Magdalena Suranyi and model Maxime Marando. London, U.K. Mar ‘07: ‘THE MORGUE’, site-specific installation and live-art performance with Magdalena Suranyi, Chelsea College of Art and Design. London, U.K. Feb ‘07: Performance with Magdalena Suranyi featured in a short film produced for collaboration between The London Film School and the National Gallery. London, U.K. Jan ‘07: ‘THE MORGUE,’ site-specific installation and live-art performance in collaboration with Magdalena Suranyi in Chelsea College of Art and Design. London, U.K. Jun ‘07: ‘Art in Mind-Part II’, Exhibited in Group Exhibition at BRICK LANE GALLERY. London, U.K. May ‘06: Collaboration with sculptor Graham Hudson of the Henry Moore Fellowship Residency in the Chelsea College of Art and Design parade ground. Live art performance in the open-air spaces of the college courtyard in collaboration with Magdalena Suranyi. London, U.K. Mar ‘06: Live-painting performance, with two models in collaboration with Magdalena Suranyi documented by photographer and video artist Ezequiel Suranyi, at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK. Mar ‘06: Participated in a performance by New Media artist Jane Archer. London, U.K. Nov ‘06: ‘Connectivity’ Month long live-painting performance and installation in collaboration with Magdalena Suranyi at Chelsea College of Art and Design. London, U.K. Jun ‘05: ‘ARS MAGNA’ Exhibition, paintings and installation shown at the EMPIRE GALLERY. London, U.K. PUBLICATIONS October 2010: Flash Art-International , ‘CHAGALLESQUE’ Review by Fivos Sakalis, p.130 AWARDS October 2010: Fabrik Magazine Juried Competition: Second Prize Winner, Los Angeles USA