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Shots for an unrealized dream sequence. A. captures the beach in a bottle and confronts the commodification of her smile.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11:00-19:00,
(Project Room 1 - 3rd floor)
Bagaki’s work in painting, sculpture, drawing, text, sound and videos revolves around a persistent development of auto-fiction. Through the reconstruction of personal experiences or the creation of imagined events, Bagaki explores issues surrounding erotic relationships, sexuality, gender representations, and the precarity that many of the younger generation experience in Greece. Central to her artistic practice is nomadic wandering and flight as an existential condition in the quest for a sense of belonging.
The exhibition at EMΣT, the artist’s first major museum presentation, features a series of paintings with compositions of human figures standing alone or interacting in natural landscapes. The starting point for these works is desire: Bagaki’s dreamy paintings are produced, as she emphasizes, by and for desire. Intimations of physical attraction and erotic observation shape the artist’s relationship with the depicted bodies and their environment. The exhibition Something like a poem, a nude, and flowers in a vase unfolds as a kind of dreamlike wandering and observation on desire, sexuality, and erotic quest.
Eleni Bagaki was born in Chania, Crete; she lives and works in Athens.
Curated by Tina Pandi
Eleni Bagaki, "The essence is real", 2022, Courtesy Eleni Koroneou Gallery and the artist