Fotini Poulia and Esmeralda Momferratou

NO LAND & A LETTER TO ESMÉE

03 February – 12 March 2022

Curated by Panos Famelis and Stavros Papagiannis

press release

Crux Galerie presents the duo exhibition of the artists Fotini Poulia and Esmeralda Momferratou with the title “No Land & A letter to Esmée”.

Two different cases of a drama setting, create an imaginary world that consists of realistic elements and it can be seen as the directed picture of an emotional account.

The works of Fotini Poulia illustrate the notion of the desolate place embodied in oil paintings on wooden surfaces and drawings with pencil on paper. These works are converted into psychological reminders, symbols of the charged relationship between the human subject and their environment from which the human subject is continuously alienated. Fragments from natural landscapes, animals, and remainders of human interventions are rendered with a cold, almost arctic light that enhances the feeling of distancing of the viewers from the experience of their physical environment.  This experience is reintroduced to us through the imagery of Fotini Poulia as a melancholic contemplation with what is lost and distant. Quoting the artist: “Symbolizing, the ultimate principle of Romanticism, has a central role, but the landscapes were not made upon the viewing of nature and are not studies of the real. They are evolving into a contemporary version of landscape painting, where the detail is detached from its natural place and is transferred into an artificial one, carrying the traces of time”.

This particular body of paintings coexists with the three-dimensional works of Esmeralda Momferratou. Here, the narrative invites us to meet a fragile and aesthetical poetic quality that highlights life through grotesque elements. The central subject of Esmeralda’s works is about the understanding of identity of the human subject related to the “decay” of memory and time and also loss. The whole endeavor is initiated because of the wish of the artist to open a “dialogue” with her grandmother whom she has never met and it takes place after the destruction of her house during the wildfire in Mati in 2018. Esmeralda Momferratou visits the location of this national disaster repetitively in order to collect from the past and save anything she is able to. With the “spoils” she has collected, she builds three-dimensional worlds consisting of the fragments of corroded materials, video projections, photographs and notes, creating in this way multimedia installations and tiny sculptures made from found objects mostly.

A common approach regarding the process of these particular works, which is characterizing both of the artists, concerns the ways that they collect, handle and intervene in their own archival material. This common approach is something that becomes apparent in the structural design of all the presented works. Violence and death are fostered equally by both artists, who through different expressions they make them essential in their narratives. For example, the permanent absence of Esmeralda’s grandmother finds a similar emotional place with the work of Fotini Poulia “One of those graves” that depicts the grave of her father.

In any case, we become witnesses of a rebirth through a network of infinite connections between meaning, matter and form. Situations such as decay, violence, and absence of life are factors that push each artist in a personal overcoming. In the works, the poetical values and the meditations that are communicated with us, through codes of symbolic elements, exercise a very sensitive critique and give life in new “worlds” and new values, concerning mainly the way we stand across the events that define us.

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artworks

Fotini Poulia, <i>Brevity#1</i>, 2021, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, Brevity#1, 2021, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Brevity#2</i>, 2021, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, Brevity#2, 2021, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Cotopaxi's Crater</i>, 2020, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, Cotopaxi's Crater, 2020, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Entr'act#1</i>, 2017, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, Entr'act#1, 2017, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Entr'act#2</i>, 2017, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, Entr'act#2, 2017, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Iceberg#1</i>, 2015, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, Iceberg#1, 2015, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Iceberg#2</i>, 2015, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, Iceberg#2, 2015, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Land#1</i>, 2017, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, Land#1, 2017, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Land#2</i>, 2017, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, Land#2, 2017, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Landscape#1</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, Landscape#1, 2016, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Landscape#2</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, Landscape#2, 2016, oil on wood, 32x32 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>No Land#1</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, No Land#1, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>No Land#2</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, No Land#2, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>No Title#1</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, No Title#1, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>No Title#2</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, No Title#2, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>One of those Graves</i>, 2022, oil on wood, 50x50 cm

Fotini Poulia, One of those Graves, 2022, oil on wood, 50x50 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Ruines#1</i>, 2015, oil on wood, 40x40 cm

Fotini Poulia, Ruines#1, 2015, oil on wood, 40x40 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Ruines#2</i>, 2015, oil on wood, 40x40 cm

Fotini Poulia, Ruines#2, 2015, oil on wood, 40x40 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Scar Tissue</i>, 2019, oil on wood, 55x30 cm

Fotini Poulia, Scar Tissue, 2019, oil on wood, 55x30 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>The Big Cut</i>, 2021, oil on wood, 55x27 cm

Fotini Poulia, The Big Cut, 2021, oil on wood, 55x27 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>The Elderly</i>, 2019, oil on wood, 55x30 cm

Fotini Poulia, The Elderly, 2019, oil on wood, 55x30 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>The Stone Bridge</i>, 2020, oil on wood, 55x27 cm

Fotini Poulia, The Stone Bridge, 2020, oil on wood, 55x27 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Underwater#1</i>, 2020, oil on wood, 40x40 cm

Fotini Poulia, Underwater#1, 2020, oil on wood, 40x40 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Underwater#2</i>, 2022, oil on wood, 40x40 cm

Fotini Poulia, Underwater#2, 2022, oil on wood, 40x40 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Vesuvius’ Crater</i>, 2020, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, Vesuvius’ Crater, 2020, oil on wood, 28x28 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>You Have the Right#1</i>, 2014, oil on wood, 46x39 cm

Fotini Poulia, You Have the Right#1, 2014, oil on wood, 46x39 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>You Have the Right#2</i>, 2014, oil on wood, 46x39 cm

Fotini Poulia, You Have the Right#2, 2014, oil on wood, 46x39 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>A Bedroom</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, A Bedroom, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Abused</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, Abused, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Body of Ice</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, Body of Ice, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Dawned</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, Dawned, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Dead Roses</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, Dead Roses, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Foggy Memory</i>, 2020, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, Foggy Memory, 2020, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>La mer et le ciel</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, La mer et le ciel, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>The Calling</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, The Calling, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>The Change</i>, 2020, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, The Change, 2020, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>The Iceberg Break Off</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, The Iceberg Break Off, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>The Lake</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, The Lake, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>The Slaughterhouse</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, The Slaughterhouse, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>The Unavoidable</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, The Unavoidable, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, <i>Untitled</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

Fotini Poulia, Untitled, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

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Fotini Poulia, <i>Brevity#1</i>, 2021, oil on wood, 32x32 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Brevity#2</i>, 2021, oil on wood, 32x32 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Cotopaxi's Crater</i>, 2020, oil on wood, 28x28 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Entr'act#1</i>, 2017, oil on wood, 32x32 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Entr'act#2</i>, 2017, oil on wood, 32x32 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Iceberg#1</i>, 2015, oil on wood, 32x32 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Iceberg#2</i>, 2015, oil on wood, 32x32 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Land#1</i>, 2017, oil on wood, 28x28 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Land#2</i>, 2017, oil on wood, 28x28 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Landscape#1</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 32x32 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Landscape#2</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 32x32 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>No Land#1</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>No Land#2</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>No Title#1</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>No Title#2</i>, 2016, oil on wood, 28x28 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>One of those Graves</i>, 2022, oil on wood, 50x50 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Ruines#1</i>, 2015, oil on wood, 40x40 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Ruines#2</i>, 2015, oil on wood, 40x40 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Scar Tissue</i>, 2019, oil on wood, 55x30 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>The Big Cut</i>, 2021, oil on wood, 55x27 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>The Elderly</i>, 2019, oil on wood, 55x30 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>The Stone Bridge</i>, 2020, oil on wood, 55x27 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Underwater#1</i>, 2020, oil on wood, 40x40 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Underwater#2</i>, 2022, oil on wood, 40x40 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Vesuvius’ Crater</i>, 2020, oil on wood, 28x28 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>You Have the Right#1</i>, 2014, oil on wood, 46x39 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>You Have the Right#2</i>, 2014, oil on wood, 46x39 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>A Bedroom</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Abused</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Body of Ice</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Dawned</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Dead Roses</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Foggy Memory</i>, 2020, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>La mer et le ciel</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>The Calling</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>The Change</i>, 2020, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>The Iceberg Break Off</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>The Lake</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>The Slaughterhouse</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>The Unavoidable</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm
Fotini Poulia, <i>Untitled</i>, 2019, pencil on paper, 13x13 cm

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09.03.2022
POPAGANDA
"No Land" & "A letter to Esmée", a happy coexistence of dramatic narratives at Crux Galerie.
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04.03.2022
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«No Land & A Letter to Esme» at Crux Galerie.
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CULTURENOW.GR
22.02.2022
CULTURENOW.GR
The presence of loss through the work of Fotini Poulia and Esmeralda Momferratou, two artists of different generations.
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SPACE52
24.02.2022
SPACE52
An interview of Fotini Poulia at space52
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SPACE52
24.02.2022
SPACE52
An interview of Esmeralda Momferratou at space52
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