Nana Sachini presents her solo show entitled “All my pretty ones” at a.antonopoulou.art gallery on Wednesday, April 30th at 19.00-22.00.
As if the body, in its outer appearance, is that kind of virginity that anytime and with any touch is penetrated. - Kostis Papagiorgis
The exhibition features sculptures, sculptural installations, prints and drawings.
Heterogeneous materials, such as copper, soaps, satin fabrics, film strips, reeds, insulating materials and others are composed, constructed and developed through ritual and improvisational gestures with a wide range of associations and references such as Peter’s Sloterdijk philosophical book “Bubbles”, Greek folk tradition and mythology.
Through continuous tension and negotiation the works examine delicate moments of uncertainty and the struggle of the “I-body/you-body/it-body/the Other-body”.
In the artist's words, they become the potential material for: "…a fragmentary narrative of the inside having in mind that for me telling stories means that I have “touched” them beforehand. In Greek language the word narration is “afi-gisi” and the word touch is “afi”. However the one word has no relation with the other. It’s just an arbitrary association that means a lot to me as a sculptor”.
The title of the exhibition is from Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" and a poem of Anne Sexton. Although in both cases it has to do with the loss of beloved people (the children of Macbeth’s rival and the poetess’ father respectively), here it is appropriated with an oblique glance. The beauty and intimacy according to the artist, presuppose a look inwards. This “inside” is often precarious, perishable, violent and repulsive, full of odd sensations.
But what if the being-together-out-there is in a constant negotiation with the conditions of the “inside” and their in between communication/relationship? An effort that hidden inside to be de-demonized or as the title says “All my pretty ones”.
The artist says:
“Through the works emerge questions about whether there is any inherent vice of making spheres, for the moment that we throw away the ladder and we swing in the air. How it is to dwell in bags, to be entangled in knots, to be against tubes and passages, to stand in front of permeable walls. The works try to imagine/recall data from our first sensations, our first games.
...And the sculpture-body to be seen in terms such as physical contact, touch, cling, detachment, expansion, contraction, surface, insulation. The main hypothesis remains the intimacy of roundness”.
The exhibition’s text is from Evita Tsokanta, art historian.
Nana Sachini studied in Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK (Master και Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art) and in School of Fine Arts in Thessaloniki, Greece(BA). Her practice embraces drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. In 2013 she presented in Remap4 the solo show “now logic must take care of itself” and in 2011 she had a two person show in Athens at a.antonopoulou.art gallery. Her work was shown in group exhibitions and projects in Greece, U.K., Germany, Lebanon, Cyprus. Recent exhibitions: State Museum of Contemporary Art/ Thessaloniki Biennale4 of Contemporary Art (2014), Remap3 (2011), Kunsthalle Athena (2012), Rooms2010, Kappatos gallery, Athens etc. She is founding member of the live art group “KangarooCourt”.