Ileana Tounta

Margarita Vitali-Sarantopoulou

17 - 29 Jun 2013

17 - 29 June 2013

Curated by: Anna Chatzinassiou

The Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents Margarita Vitali - Sarantopoulou’s first solo exhibition entitled «±», curated by art historian Anna Chatzinassiou.

On June 17 2013, Margarita Vitali-Sarantopoulou presents at the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center her first solo exhibition, curated by art historian Anna Chatzinassiou.

Margarita Vitali-Sarantopoulou turned to still life and more specifically in creating a series of large-scale works by representing sweets of all kinds. Concentrating on the behavior of colour and painting techniques, she depicts her subject matters five to ten times bigger than the actual object. The artist explains why she chose sweets as her main theme: “sweet is an aesthetic object that activates two basic senses, taste and vision, as well as memory. Sweet is an object of visual pleasure."

The strenuous, almost obsessive dedication of Vitali-Sarantopoulou to each piece
offers her subjects a new meaning. Her paintings refer to photography and are, at the same time, detached from it. The photorealistic painting demands an experience of self-restraint, where personal agony is being replaced by persistent observation. As the artist paints, each piece becomes her own and each photographic data is captured through her perception on how things look and how they appear.

Anna Chatzinassiou
Art Historian