Athina Maria Giannoukaki (b.1997 Athens Greece). Currently creatively based in the Hague, the Netherlands. She makes sculptures, drawing and installations, which emphasise aesthetics. Athina brings the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium of daily events.
Her works are an investigation into representations of personal experiences, as well as depictions of ideas that can be realised in sculpture. Her sculptures focus on the inability of communication which is used to visualise reality. In an attempt to create dialogue, interaction, an dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. The lack of clear references are key elements in the work.
Most of her sculptures isolate movement. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. They radiate a cold and latent violence and a disconnecting beauty emerges.
With Plato's allegory of the cave in mind, she finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a playfulness that echoes our own vulnerabilities. The artist considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss.
Although her works never show a complete structure it results a fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation. By focusing on the materials and the possibilities it can take. Combining different techniques, she created personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal.
Her practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools of manoeuvring with pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of sculpture.
Photos taken by Boris Windmeijer.