What does a forensic scientist, an artist and an explorer of computational arts have in common? They are all one and the same person: Geeta Roopnarine, who has combined her many skills and knowledge, plus her diverse cultural backgrounds, to create intriguing art forms. A selection of them will be on show to the public, from Thursday, June 10, at FokiaNou Art Space.
The upcoming solo exhibition of Geeta Roopnarine, is entitled “Fragility of Breath.” Geeta Roopnarine is an interdisciplinary artist working within the intersection of art, science, and technology. Her process is inspired by the archaeology of things, unearthing layers of meanings, and in making connections between cultural and historical artefacts. Her background includes Indian, Trinidadian and Greek cultures and she draws upon images and myths to transform the familiar into the unfamiliar.
Prana, the Sanskrit word for breath, life force, which permeates reality on all levels including inanimate things is her starting point to pose questions about mind-body ‘dichotomy’ and what it means to be a breathing body. Paper, a fragile material, interacts with watercolor and mark making and effects a collaboration between artist and material. Watercolor, poems, and 3D installation create a liminal space between abstraction and reality within the context of human and non-human.
Geeta Roopnarine was born in Trinidad and Tobago and lives in Athens. She trained as a forensic scientist before studying sculpture at Athens School of Fine Arts (Professor George Lappas). She recently completed an MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths, (Univ of London) and has taken part in exhibitions in Greece, London, and New York.
The use of masks and social distancing are required in all areas of the space, including the roof terrace, halls and elevator.
FokiaNou Art Space is an artist-run project space in the intimacy of a small apartment in an old building in the center of Athens. The space encourages collaborative creative efforts between Greek and foreign artists, thereby promoting and supporting the local art community. The space hosts exhibitions, workshops and projects under the direction of two artists, Mary Cox and Panagiotis Voulgaris. www.fokianou247.gr
- Opening: Thursday 10 June 2021, 18.00
- Duration: 10-26 June 2021
- Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 18.00-21.00
- Address: Fokianou 24, 7th fl., Pagrati Metro: Evvangelismos