Aristi

Biography

Aristi Costopoulou was born in Athens, where she lives and works. She graduated from the School of Fine Arts, Media and Education of the University of Bolton. In 2011-2012 she completed MA Research in Museum Practice and Management at the School of English History and Politics of the University of Ulster.

She attended classes on Colour Analysis, Painting, Aesthetics, Philosophy and Cause of Art and Symmetry by Dr. Lazaros K. Konstantinidis and on History of Art and Critical Studies by the Art Historian Betty Hatziplis.

Her bachelor diploma projects are a video performance/installation on the sense of "Lightness". Her MA research is on "The Potential to Shape New Learning from the UNESCO World Heritage Sites".

She is the permanent curator of the shows and representations of the project "World Water Museum" installation by Keti Haliori. The shows of 2011 at Technohoros Art Gallery consisted of the visual concept and evolution of the water perceived as collective item, the video performance "Ilissos" with Katerina Fanouraki and the live performance "Dipsa" (Thirst) with Katerina Fanouraki and Eugene Ankomach.

She presented the topic "Water perceived as Natural Heritage by contemporary art" during the 3rd International Symposium of Aqua Sciences, Water Resources and the Arts (www.isaswr.com).

Profile

Aristi responds to what she experiences, taking observed moments, repositioning them on canvas, and highlighting their dynamism. Working in oil, mixed media, and sculpture, all of her visual explorations represent life honestly and boldly. She sees art-making as a game, in which her role is to visually describe life’s inherent drama as poignantly as possible. Aristi does not beautify or downplay the chaos that characterises daily life. Instead, she highlights the lyricism that often comes of turbulence. Expressive, painterly gestures and textured surfaces coexist with finely rendered figures and cityscapes. Even when she depicts urbanity, the movement in her work resonates with nature. She reminds viewers that, no matter how refined we become, we are still governed by organic rhythms.

Major exhibitions
  • In 2012 she participated with Katerina Fanouraki and Keti Haliori in the project "Revealed", held at BOOZE Cooperativa in Athens.
  • In 2011 she had the solo show "Secret Communication" at the Piraeus Municipal Gallery.
  • In 2010 she curated and presented the biographical video performance "100 Pages of Visual Creation" based on the life and work of Platon Lambrou.
  • In 2010 she participated in the ArtAthina 2010 with the ArtAZ Gallery with the collage "War" for the "ArtAZbook".
  • In 2009 she participated in the group art exhibition "The Odyssey Within" of the Agora Gallery in New York.
  • In 2009 she presented the video installation "Record Earth" at Scalamata Space, Venice, invited by Dovrat ana Meron of the group exhibition "Parallel Worlds".
  • In 2009 she curated the participation of Paleo Faliro artists at the Athens Biennale II, based on her proposal and idea, with the site specific installation "Heaven - We Walked Along Eden".
  • In 2008 she participated in the photographic group exhibition "Photographic Series - New Blood" at the International Gallery & MEME in Liverpool.
  • In 2008 she presented the video installation "Lightness" at the Innovation Factory Gallery in Bolton, UK.
Website:  www.aristi.net
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