Anestis Ioannou

about

Anestis Ioannou (b.1992) is a visual artist who lives and works in Athens. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts and of the Sciences of Art, University of Ioannina (2015), where he received the Erasmus Scholarship to study at the Fine Arts School, University of Castilla la Mancha, Spain (2014). He holds a Master’s Degree (MFA) from LUCA School of Arts, Brussels (2018).

In 2020 he was awarded with the ARTWORKS fellowship by Stavros Niarchos Foundation. He has participated in exhibitions, projects and artist residency programs in Greece, Belgium, Netherlands, Croatia, Serbia and France.

Ioannou is the co-founder of NOTUS Studio, an artist-run space and a non-profit artist residency program, in Athens (est. 2017). He is also the co-founder of DELIVERART, a collective project and a moving experience that takes place in the streets of Athens (est. 2019).

“My practice has a multifaceted nature, which encompasses a wide range of media. Often drawing upon autobiographical, historical, and sociological sources, I explore the relationship between the urban environment, social fabric, and the construction of our own subjectivities.

In the process of reading a place, it is essential for me to include the imported information that co-exists within it, whether it is objects, simple actions, or even experiences. In the narratives I construct in my works, I manifest the process where fragmented and often transplanted information and traces create a new condition.

My main interest is the essential observation of the individual within these two parameters and one’s behavior within a set of points. Therefore, I combine the co- existence of space and time, the way we perceive who we are and how we appear to others as well as the research process combined with dialogue. Throughout this condition, I am interested in the concept of matter and form as a combination of philosophical inquiry and material investigation, that is, their ability to be reshaped, redefined, and acquire a new dimension.”

artworks

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Baptism</i>, 2016, car glossy spray paint on rust metal

Anestis Ioannou, Baptism, 2016, car glossy spray paint on rust metal

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sugarcoated Violence</i>, 2016, sugar, spray paint, wall paint on metal

Anestis Ioannou, Sugarcoated Violence, 2016, sugar, spray paint, wall paint on metal

Anestis Ioannou, <i>TIC</i>, 2017, engraved granite, 20x20 cm & IFISTAY, 2017, engraved granite, 20x20 cm

Anestis Ioannou, TIC, 2017, engraved granite, 20x20 cm & IFISTAY, 2017, engraved granite, 20x20 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>One Man Flag II</i>, 2017, spray paint on bleached denim, 210x380 cm, installation view from <i>Since when don't they like pink?</i> at Back to Athens, Greece

Anestis Ioannou, One Man Flag II, 2017, spray paint on bleached denim, 210x380 cm, installation view from Since when don't they like pink? at Back to Athens, Greece

<i>Frontier</i>, 2018, installation view from St. Lucas Gallery in Brussels, Belgium

Frontier, 2018, installation view from St. Lucas Gallery in Brussels, Belgium

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Strangers in Close Proximity</i>, 2018, oil pastel on tied urban fragments, dimensions variable

Anestis Ioannou, Strangers in Close Proximity, 2018, oil pastel on tied urban fragments, dimensions variable

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Out My Window</i>, 2019, concrete, glass, wood, plaster, brick, textiles, rope, marble, ink, 80x38x29 cm, installation view from <i>Foundation(s)</i>, Hydroexpress project, Piraeus, Greece

Anestis Ioannou, Out My Window, 2019, concrete, glass, wood, plaster, brick, textiles, rope, marble, ink, 80x38x29 cm, installation view from Foundation(s), Hydroexpress project, Piraeus, Greece

Anestis Ioannou, <i>New Sun I</i>, 2019, skateboard trucks and wheels on marble, <br>84x31x13 cm

Anestis Ioannou, New Sun I, 2019, skateboard trucks and wheels on marble,
84x31x13 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (barrel)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (barrel), 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (chair)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (chair), 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Chemobed</i>, 2020, acrylics and textile on bleached denim, 60x40 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Chemobed, 2020, acrylics and textile on bleached denim, 60x40 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Dancing on My Balcony</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Dancing on My Balcony, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Flowerpots at Home</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Flowerpots at Home, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - IIΙ</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - IIΙ, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>MRI Thoughts</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, MRI Thoughts, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Old Home</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, <br> 200x190 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Old Home, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim,
200x190 cm

Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (box)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

Anestis Ioannou, Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (box), 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

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Anestis Ioannou, <i>Baptism</i>, 2016, car glossy spray paint on rust metal
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sugarcoated Violence</i>, 2016, sugar, spray paint, wall paint on metal
Anestis Ioannou, <i>TIC</i>, 2017, engraved granite, 20x20 cm & IFISTAY, 2017, engraved granite, 20x20 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>One Man Flag II</i>, 2017, spray paint on bleached denim, 210x380 cm, installation view from <i>Since when don't they like pink?</i> at Back to Athens, Greece
<i>Frontier</i>, 2018, installation view from St. Lucas Gallery in Brussels, Belgium
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Strangers in Close Proximity</i>, 2018, oil pastel on tied urban fragments, dimensions variable
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Out My Window</i>, 2019, concrete, glass, wood, plaster, brick, textiles, rope, marble, ink, 80x38x29 cm, installation view from <i>Foundation(s)</i>, Hydroexpress project, Piraeus, Greece
Anestis Ioannou, <i>New Sun I</i>, 2019, skateboard trucks and wheels on marble, <br>84x31x13 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (barrel)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (chair)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Chemobed</i>, 2020, acrylics and textile on bleached denim, 60x40 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Dancing on My Balcony</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Flowerpots at Home</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Sometimes, I Think of Myself as a Future Memory - IIΙ</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>MRI Thoughts</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Old Home</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, <br> 200x190 cm
Anestis Ioannou, <i>Things I Might Have Forgotten, From a World I Am About to See (box)</i>, 2020, acrylics, textile and collage on bleached denim, 160x140 cm

exhibitions

press

TA NEA TIS TECHNIS
01.11.2020
TA NEA TIS TECHNIS

A short interview of Anestis Ioannou. Recomposing Fragments

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ARTWORKS
08.10.2020
ARTWORKS

Anestis Ioannou was awarded the ARTWORKS fellowship (2020-2021) by SNF (Stavros Niarchos Foundation).

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ATHINORAMA
10.11.2019
ATHINORAMA

Hydroexpress Project: a hybrid presentation of a work of art

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TA NEA TIS TECHNIS
01.07.2019
TA NEA TIS TECHNIS

NOTUS Studio interview

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ATHENS VOICE
17.05.2019
ATHENS VOICE

Deliverart: Contemporary art at home

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KATHIMERINI
16.05.2019
KATHIMERINI

Deliverart

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TA NEA TIS TECHNIS
01.05.2019
TA NEA TIS TECHNIS

Deliverart

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videos

“No Man’s Land” reflects on the notion of the gesture of marking a part of the urban landscape and the boundaries of an unoccupied property. It’s part of a series of works with the same name and was presented at Acropolis at the Bottom exhibition (2018) at ASFA, Athens and as part of the environment-installation “On The First Day” at the Mulhouse Biennale (2017), in France.