Maria Lalou explores the topic of ‘viewing’ throughout her large-scale installations, performances, and publications. Focusing on the topic of viewing, she incorporates cinematic apparatus and surveillance as part of her tools, with central references to ‘the political of the viewer’. Each of her works formulates a precise frame often in the form of a distilled, almost lab-like setting. In her native Greek language, she states: as spectator, one becomes ‘theoros’ in the sense that one observes, participates and interprets the performative process from a certain perspective while this is part of the performance’s ontology.
Maria Lalou’s works have been presented internationally at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam; Onomatopee, Eindhoven; Rondo Sztuki, Katowice, Poland; Contemporary Art Museum of Thessaloniki; and Industrial Gas Museum, Athens, amongst others. She has been a guest lecturer at Rijksakademie Studios, Amsterdam; Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy; and Università Iuav di Venezia, Venice, amongst others. She has contributed to the peer review journal activate, Roehampton University, London, as well at Leonardo, MIT Press Journals. Lalou has an ongoing collaboration with Danish architect Skafte Aymo-Boot working on the archival work [UN]FINISHED. The work is about concrete skeletons of Athens that engages the viewer in a process of looking into social, political and personal parts of the history of the city. Since 2004, Lalou shares her time between Amsterdam and Athens.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Greece
Camilo Godoy’s multidisciplinary practice is concerned with the construction of political meanings and histories. His work engages with conceptual and choreographic strategies to negotiate questions that confront the politics of citizenship, imperialism and sexuality. Godoy’s work analyzes and challenges past and present historical moments to imagine different subversive ways of being.
Camilo Godoy was born in Bogotá and is based in New York. He is a graduate of The New School with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2012; and a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2013. Godoy was a 2015-2017 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence; 2014 Keyholder Resident, Lower East Side Printshop; 2014 Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program Fellow, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics; and 2012 Queer Art Mentorship Fellow. His work has been presented at venues such as La Mama Galleria, New York; Movement Research at the Judson Church, New York; Donaufestival, Krems; and Mousonturm, Frankfurt, among others.camilogodoy.com
Residents from United States
Jess Johnson’s drawings and installations are influenced by the intersections of language, science fiction, culture and technology. In her drawings, she depicts complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings. Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments. Her recent video collaborations with Simon Ward have involved translating her drawings into animated videos and virtual reality, enabling audiences to have simulated experiences of her drawings.
Jess Johnson was born in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1979. After ten years of living and working in Melbourne, she relocated permanently to New York City in 2016. Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; Art Basel Hong Kong; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; Centre CLARK, Montreal; National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand. She is represented by Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; Darren Knight Gallery, Australia; and Ivan Anthony Gallery, New Zealand.