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Painting selected for National Bank of Greece Art collection

The painting ‘Dreams of the mechanized apartments’ was selected for National Bank of Greece Art collection. A selection of the new acquisitions will be announced soon.

Emi Avora - Paintings November 2016

Culturelines Sans Frontières @ metamatic:taf

Emi Avora will be participating at Culturelines Sans Frontières@metamatic:taf in Athens

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Hellenic Cruise

Hellenic Cruise
Emi Avora

Opening Saturday 7th November 7-9pm


Hellenic Cruise brings together a recent a body of work that includes large prints, drawings and inks on paper. With architecture and history as departure points and in light of the recent turbulence in her native country Greece, Avora has been reconsidering her own but also the public perception of the place where she was born but left quite early on. Interested in the recent architectural history and its symbolic value as a sign of progress but also a reminder of a period of corruption in Greece, Avora has for the past few years been gathering her own as well as found imagery of the block buildings in Athens, a lot of them now decaying from lack of maintenance funds. This harsh and erratic but also very familiar to her, ‘concrete jungle’, leaves a very bittersweet taste of fond memories but also acts as an expression of the chaotic and the claustrophobic. Haphazard collages of the buildings have been partly erased with solvents, creating negative gestural drawings. The solvents are intentionally used however the marks they make are accidental and ominous when blown up to very large scale. The ink drawings make reference to Mortimer Wheeler’s 50’s BBC documentary ‘Hellenic Cruise’, a Grand Tour style view of the Hellenic archaeological sites as well as a romantic view of 50’s Greece. The stylised and cliché ways of depicting Hellenism contrast the stark prints, the first more decorative the second more gestural. On the other hand, the small watercolours make up an imaginary city that could be growing but also decaying, the small monochromes acting as tiles of a larger puzzle.The overlaps between the various interpretations leave room for fiction and imagination; the Athenian landscape could be any urban landscape with its history, its potential growth and decay and its skewed and romantic public representation.

Avora is an artist and teaches art at St Paul’s School, London. She studied at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford and received her MA in Fine Arts from the Royal Academy Schools, London. She has exhibited internationally. Selected exhibitions include: National Theatre of Greece, Athens (2013); Studio Voltaire, London (2012); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011); The Apartment Gallery, Athens (2011), South Square Gallery, Bradford/UK (2010); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2008); Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York (2007); The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2006).


8th-28th November

New Court Gallery
Burton Rd, Repton School, Repton, Derbyshire, DE65 6FH
Open daily & by appointment at mg@repton.org.uk

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Emi Avora is participating in Chemcraft, curated by CM projects

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Emi Avora is participating in dis/placed, organised by counterpoints arts.




Emi Avora featured in Future Now



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So close so far apart featured in Future Now, 100 Contemporary Artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015



Art in a Bookshell, curated by Emi Avora

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Death and Dying

Emi Avora is participating in Death and Dying at MAG, Vienna






























Out Of Our Heads

Exhibition Runs 13-29 June 2014

Daily&Weekends 10am-6pm

Press Preview 12 June 2014, 4pm-6pm

Reception 13 June 2014, 6pm-9pm

Curated by James Putnam and Vassiliki Tzanakou

RSVP info@artintra.org

@ Shoreditch Town Hall
London EC1V 9LT


Alice Anderson | Emi Avora | David Birkin | Paul Benney | Jessica Bugg | Jonas Burgert | Mat Chivers Mat Collishaw | Shezad Dawood | Doug Foster | Paul Fryer | Susan Hiller | Hans Kotter | Mondocromatico Adeline de Monseignat | Numen/For Use | Tim Shaw | Jason Shulman | Agnes Treplin Pink Twins | Ben Tyers | Jarno Vesala | Hugo Wilson | Hattie Worboys | Patrick Eakin Young


Emi Avora, Grand Finale

The National Theatre, Athens | March 30 – April 28, 2013

Private view: Saturday, March 30, 6-8pm

Common View: Contemporary Art at The National Theatre

Curated by Eleni Koukou and Katerina Tselou


The National Theatre, Athens
22-24, Ag. Konstantinou Street
Metro: Omonia
Opening Hours: Wednesday to  Sunday 10am –  9pm 

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