Cecilia Maria Unknown”
13. 11. 2007 - 22. 12. 2007
the architectural model is reconstructed the interior of a pharmacy, a
simplified uncomplicated construction made out of plain materials (model
paper and wood). On the shelves that supposed to place the medicines is
placed the publication with the texts. The size of the model corresponds
to the size of a large scale dollhouse.
Maria Konti repeats the same gesture as an attempt for further discovery. She created three visual stories from the fictional past, the past and the present. The drawings are not sharp, mechanical reproductions of the original work. She adds and takes off those elements in each drawing that provide the translation of the object and the subject by encouraging multiple readings. She uses the female figure with biographical data that is located in the distant past through the centuries. These figures start from the beginning of the millennium, travel through Renaissance period and end up at the present. They are portraits of “real” women that they have passed to the sphere of mythical, of the sacred existence because of their fate and that have been transformed into myths not because of their biographical life but because of the endurance of art.
Maria Konti was born in Athens where she lives and works. She studied in Athens School of Fine Art and Central St. Martins College in London. She has participated in many exhibitions including "Common View", National Theatre (forthcoming 2008), in Byzantine Museum, Athens (2005), "The dismantle of the archive", D624 Project Space, Athens (solo, 2006), "Pro-Tasis", Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki (2006).
All drawings "Anna, Cecilia, Maria, Unknown", ink and pencil on paper, 77x107cm each, 2007
All drawings "Anna, Cecilia, Maria, Unknown", ink and pencil on paper, 77x107cm each, 2007, installation view
"Anna, Cecilia, Maria, Unknown", ink and pencil on paper, 166x204cm, 2007
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