Kalfayan Galleries in Athens presents a solo exhibition of work by Nina Papaconstantinou

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Kalfayan Galleries in Athens presents a solo exhibition of work by Nina Papaconstantinou
Nina Papaconstantinou, Girl 5, Gabriel Metsu ('Girls writing letters' series), 2013 (detail). Archival felt-tip pen and pin-pricks on paper, 37.5 x 29.5 cm. Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries, Athens - Thessaloniki.

ATHENS.- Kalfayan Galleries is presenting the solo show of Nina Papaconstantinou titled “My dear Viscount, ”.

Nina Papaconstantinou is currently participating in the exhibition titled “Drawing Time, Reading Time” (curated by Claire Gilman) at The Drawing Center in New York. The main subject of the exhibition is the exploration of the relationship between drawing and writing as distinct yet interrelated gestures. Artists include, among others, Carl Andre, Pavel Buchler and Deb Sokolow.

In the exhibition “My dear Viscount, ”, Nina Papaconstantinou’s works are derived from various literary works. Among them is the epistolary novel “Les Liaisons dangereuses” by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, from which the title of the show is borrowed, and which the artist uses to draw two letters – that of Viscount de Valmont and Marquise de Merteuil - on fine handmade paper.

Papaconstantinou’s interest focuses on the absence of meaning and the disintegration of communication, as opposed to the hand-crafted effort that is needed to imprint each part that could possibly contribute to it. In these works writing conceals instead of revealing, either by erasing or accumulating, or by encoding in order to create another aspect of communication – one that is derived from abstraction, the trace or the mistake.

Nina Papaconstantinou (b. 1968, Athens) lives and works in Athens, Greece. She studied Greek Literature at the University of Athens (1992) and Visual Arts (Drawing) at Camberwell College of Arts, London (2001). Recent solo shows include: “Instead of Writing”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2011); “Between the Lines”, Martinos Antique  Art Gallery, Athens (2007). Recent group shows include: “Drawing Time, Reading Time”, The Drawing Center, New York (2013); ICASTICA, 1st Arezzo Art Biennial: “2013 project: global women”, Arezzo, Italy (2013); "Pen to Paper", Athr Gallery, Saudi Arabia (2013); “La Plasticité du langage: Entre les langues”, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris (2012); “Le ciel bientôt sera trop court”, Martine Aboucaya Gallery, Paris (2012); “Others: Le Biennali d’ Arte di Marrakech, Atene e Istanbul”, Fondazione Puglisi Consentino, Catania, Italy (2010); 2nd Athens Biennale: “Heaven” (2009); “Mimes”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens (2009); “Heart in Heart”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2009); “And Now?”, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2008); “Transexperiences Greece 2008”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens and 798 Space, Bejing (2008); “In Present Tense”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2007). Nina Papaconstantinou is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.

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