Irini Miga, Concrete Words, found object, gravel, concrete, burlap, wire, approx. 59 x 95 x 95 inches, 2019
Kostas Sahpazis, Interleaving, resin, 17 x 75 x 80 cm, 2017
For the next few months Haus N is launching a residency program for Athens based artists, in an effort to activate the space during these difficult months and form a dialogue between the local art community. During the first period we have invited Irini Miga and Kostas Sahpazis.
Irini Miga (b. Greece, lives and works between New York and Athens, Greece) is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of sculpture, installation, video, sound, text and everyday performativity.
Irini finds humble, anti-monumental gestures and giving value to the minor and otherwise neglected of immense importance. In her practice, she creates constellations of humble gestures that call for close examination. By examining the way in which we apprehend and perceive our surroundings, her work engages with the memory of place, starting from the point of origin and continuing all the way to the present. This impetus manifests itself in the form of reconstructions of sites and objects of personal and not only significance. She is particularly fascinated by the language of objects that surround our everyday reality; the dialogues and shifting relationships of axes such as physical space, form and utility, sculpture and painting.
Miga studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, London’s Central Saint Martins College, and received her Master in Fine Arts from Columbia University. Recent solo shows include: Reflections, at Atlanta Contemporary; Away in Another Way of Saying Here, at Essex Flowers gallery, in NY; An Interval at Flyweight Projects in NY; and group shows such as Room for Failure at Piero Atchugarry gallery in Miami; Tomorrow’s Dream, at Neuer Essener Kunstverein in Essen; Scraggly Beard Grandpa, at Capsule Shanghai, in China; The Best is the Least We Can Do, at Atlanta Contemporary; The Equilibrists, organized by the New Museum in New York, the DESTE Foundation and shown in the Benaki Museum in Athens. Miga has been honored residencies by several organizations including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace Program; the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art Residency Program; The Fountainhead Residency; and The Watermill Center. Her work belongs to collections such as The European Central Bank Collection, the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art / Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, Greece and other international private collections.
Kostas Sahpazis (born in 1977) lives and works in Athens. He studied Fine Art at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Athens and at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Innermost Layer, Bernier Eliades Gallery, Belgium, 2018; Every Rigid Body, Bernier-Eliades-Gallery, Athens, 2016; Old-Eyed Première, Radio Athenes, Athens, 2015; What a Tailor can Do, Statements, Art Basel, Switzerland, 2013; The Gift of Screws, Andreas Melas & Helena Papadopoulos, Athens, 2012. He was the recipient of the Deste Prize in 2013.