Artwork © Katerina Katsifaraki
We often say that life “unravels” before our eyes. That memory is a “thread” with the potential to direct its course. That joy and peace must first “take root” in order to survive. The photographs, videos, installations and objects of Katerina Katsifaraki, exhibited discreetly around an old textile factory, stand to confirm the metaphorical power of the thread and its relationship to nature. Through this cohabitation of images, threads, landscapes and machinery, nomadic thought lays claim to our attention once again.
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Katerina Katsifaraki’s solo exhibition Dwelling is presented at the Mentis-Antonopoulos (“NEMA”) Passementerie of the Benaki Museum, curated by Christoforos Marinos. Katsifaraki’s art revolves around the concept of perpetual motion. Ephemeral dwelling, roots and uprooting, the ceaseless moving from place to place, taking notice of the ostensibly unimportant and giving prominence to the fleeting are at the epicentre of her work.
Katerina Katsifaraki is inspired by the raw materials found in the natural - and, occasionally, the urban - landscape, and what she might casually encounter within it. “Sometimes it is simply capturing the movement of nature, a light, a shadow, the wind, a course. At other times, it is during a walk through the city, or on a break from work, where a light, a shadow, the wind, transforms, gives life to a hole in the road, a rubbish truck, a piece of trash floating in the air”.
The content of Katsifaraki’s exhibition is reflected in its location. In NEMA, the last traditional manufactury of passementerie products (ribbons, baids, tassels, fringes etc.) operational in Greece today, Katsifaraki felt “the connection of thread to nature and life, the operation of machinery by people and their creations”. To her, the manufactury floor contains the stories of people and places, of nature and its rhythms – it creates, bears fruit, destroys and is eternally reborn.
Katsifaraki has been responsible for exhibitions and performances in Greece and abroad.
Since completing her degree in painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1993-1998) and her postgraduate studies (MFA) in Interdisciplinary Arts at the Dutch Art Institute (D.A.I) in the Netherlands, Katsifaraki has designed in situ installations all over the world. Among them are the Halandri Settlement,
Athens (2019), Rencontres Internationales Al Maken d’Art Actuel, Tunisia (2016), Museum of Yugoslav History – Museum of 25 May, Serbia (2002), Art System Gallery, Toronto (2001). Additionally, Katsifaraki has taught in the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete, in the College of Athens (HAEF) and in public schools.
Katerina Katsifaraki’s solo exhibition Dwelling is supported by NEON Organization for Culture and Development