Kalliopi Lemos : I Am Between Worlds and Between Shadows
written by Kalliopi Lemos
Black Dog | ISBN 9781908966346
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During the last decade, the work of Greek-born artist Kalliopi Lemos exposed the wounding of human dignity. Most of her recent international projects addressed the hardships and mistreatments thousands of undocumented migrants are suffering in their effort to find somewhere to live.
In her latest exhibition I Am I Between Worlds and Between Shadows showing September 2013 in Istanbul, Lemos focuses on women’s experiences and the frequent abuse of their self-respect. The artist believes that human dignity is an inherent quality and an essential part of every human being, but unfortunately reality is very different as women still face, and still have to put up with, behavior that is insulting, wounding, oppressive and overpowering.
The exhibition consists of an installation that features seven evocative sculptures that refer to the brutal violations directly or indirectly affecting all women and short videos that contain fragmented images from the female unconscious, enhancing the metaphorical origin of the works.
Kalliopi Lemos’ exhibition transcends the deadening global saturation of images, and demonstrates the lasting power of the imagination to create resonant, visceral images, that speak directly to the heart of the viewer, and to the core of social malaise. She delves into a world of alchemy, myth and dream to conjure up figures that force us to engage with and re-evaluate our understanding of the world, of how it is represented to us, and of women’s place within it.
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