PS: is proud to present
Katerina Botsari - "Tiny Subjects"
Curated by Christoforos Marinos
Opening: Thursday 5 May 2022, 17: 00-22: 00
Duration: 5 - 26 May 2022
Opening hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 17: 30-21: 30
Kerameikou str. 28 Metaxourgeio
For more information, contact 6973695140
Katerina Βotsari's new solo exhibition entitled "Tiny Subjects" includes a series of sculptural constructions that refer to the experience of the street, the way it is experienced, recorded and given meaning. A thorough observation of the urban landscape, combined with the artist's interest in antiquity in architecture, where the new building becomes obsolete very quickly, fuels her works. Βotsari's research is based on the study of anti-monumentality and how it is rendered through the assembly of materials such as liquid glass, cement and plastic.
The solidification, that is, the change in the state of matter that characterizes these sculptural joints, creates an opposite effect, an icy fluidity, as if trying to close a bolt of lightning, as if capturing or freezing a firework. In the transparent sculptures of Botsari, which look like failed scientific experiments, forms, volumes, colors and shapes are collected that compose artificial urban trash, debris and waste. The refraction of light destabilizes ones look and at the same time gives these sculptures an ever-changing face. It is a "geological sculpture", associated with soil, decay, disorder and entropy.
The title of Botsari's exhibition suggests that littleness and fragmentation are at the heart of her quest. The sculptural construction of the same title refers to the outdoor billboards that we find on Greek streets, on national and provincial roads. Abandoned scaffolding, these "modern menhirs" as the artist calls them, are the personification of "ruins in reverse", symbols of an inverted world.
With references to Ed Ruscha and Robert Smithson, who adopted urban wandering as a tool in their work, Botsari presents a section of works focusing on the insignificant, the usefulness of the useless and the seemingly unnecessary. At the same time, her sculpture encourages the questioning of surrendered values and contributes to a better understanding of concepts such as deregulation and displacement.
Katerina Botsari was born in Patras in 1980. She studied painting in the 7th laboratory of ASKT (2001-06) with professor Giannis Psychopedis and then did a master's degree in painting at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London (UCL) where she lived until 2012. She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Fine Arts of ASFA. She has had three solo exhibitions in London and Athens and has participated in group exhibitions in London, Athens, Istanbul, Toronto, Crete, Patras and Newcastle.
Se is a founding member of the experimental space Backspace. In 2017 she co-curated the exhibition "BOOBS - The semiology of the breast" at TAF / The Art Foundation in Athens. She has participated in the residencies of Maison Maca (Athens 2016) and Florence Trust (London 2011-2012). In 2006 she represented Greece in the 4th International Student Triennial of Istanbul, while in 2003 and 2004 she was distinguished by receiving an honorary commendation from IKY. She lives and works in Athens.
Kerameikou 28, Metaxourgeio