Hotberg @
Dec 2 2021 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 22 2022 @ 4:00 pm


In Hotberg, her new solo exhibition, Irini Karayannopoulou reflects on female sensuality through a metaphysical prism, while negotiating female emancipation in her own, non-apologetic way. The artist paints directly on the pages of vintage magazines and in old erotic postcards. She then enlarges these images and paints on them again and again until the point of exhaustion. In Hotberg, some images appear as prints, others become animations, while some turn into collages through the artist’s ongoing experimentation protocols.

Hotberg is a celebration. The protagonists of Irini Karayannopoulou inevitably obtain new passports as they undergo new transformations. All sorts of possibilities unfold throughout this trip. Forgotten, anonymous sex dolls of past decades alchemically transform into strong, sensual figures, in new roles indicated by the artist.

In her collages, Irini Karayannopoulou explores the iconography of striptease and gambling. She obsessively collects advertising slogans from Las Vegas casino listings and interconnects them with promises of wealth and prosperity found in the pages of other obsolete publications.

In addition, the artist revisits a series of rare postcards printed in France in the 1950s. She steals the identities of the semi-naked ladies pictured in these tiny glossy cards. She repaints their faces and replaces their eyes with a mask. As she gives them back their anonymity, she enters another dimension and slips into a different moment in time.

Irini’s dark oil paintings of faceless hair torrents blend with masked beings -their connection is almost supernatural. As a valuable part of the artist’s practice, these paintings serve as souvenirs from the state of the unconscious which she often dives into. Hotberg is a poetic transformation of female images that turns the visual unconscious of whoever looks at them into an image.

The short film entitled Hypnothèque (Twin Automat 2021) is a capsule of sensuality where women float in a state between piety and unconsciousness, desire and death. It is a “handmade animation”, a collaboration between the artist and the French film editor Sandrine Cheyrol. The soundtrack of the work was composed by psychiatrist and sound artist Christos Kalafatis.

Tel: +30 210 3214994


Incarnate image @ Gallery “7”
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 12 @ 3:00 pm

Incarnate image

Kallirroi Marouda is a painter with an important career in the field of the Greek art scene. In her latest work, the female body is the central theme, in a series of fifteen paintings that she created over the last decade. Subtle depictions of young women stand before the viewer’s gaze naked, but not defenseless. The artist has shifted the handling of her painting to a new direction: it goes from faithful representation to feelings and ideas with universal appeal, as the art historian George Mylonas mentions. The painting that Marouda loves is created from the inside out. This presupposes a painful process, where the painted matter does not have the unformed element of Lucian Freud’s relevant subject matter, or the fleshy form sought by Jenny Saville. On the contrary, the painting surface in Marouda’s work is uniform, clear of tonal gradations, emitting an inner light. Even the background is directly related to the face, or better partakes in the face, as it emerges in liquid form, while it assumes a metaphysical format, between the boundaries of realism and distant memory. The roots of this place can be found in Zakynthos, the birthplace of the creator. “The fog of the island brought me fear which I managed to overcome – and conquer – through my painting. Now, it’s in my DNA,” she explains.

K. M. was born in Koiliomeno, Zakynthos, in 1956. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts in the workshop of Dimitris Mytaras, and History of Art with Marina Lambraki-Plaka. She also attended the scenography workshop with Vasileios Vassiliadis. She has worked at the National Theatre of Greece with set designer Laloula Chrysikopoulou. In 1990 she graduated with honors from ASFA and came first for an internal scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation. Thematic cycles of her work have been presented in many solo exhibitions and she has participated in numerous exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In 2019, her work was presented at IANOS by Kostis Kazamiakis. Also in 2019, Greek National TV presented her work in the show “Other Dimension”. Her works can be found in the Greek Parliament, the National Gallery, the Ministry of Culture, Moschandreou Art Gallery, Teriade Museum, Frissiras Museum, AGET Iraklis’ Collection, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, and in many municipal galleries, public and private collections in Greece and abroad.


1991: Athens, Artistic Cultural Center “Hour”.” Bright Rooms”.
1995: Zakynthos, Art Gallery of Zakynthos “Landscapes”.
1996: Athens, Art Gallery “Espace Kreonidis”.” Light and Shadows”
2000: Athens, Athens Art Gallery “Rain, Mist, Silence”
2001: Athens, Technopolis, “Works for the calendar of AGET Iraklis”
2003: Karditsa, Gallery “F”
2004: Zakynthos, Art Space “Crypt”, “Landscapes”
2005: Athens, Skoufa Gallery, “Journey”
2006: Thessaloniki, Metamorphosis Gallery, “Sea and Sky”
2007: Macedonian Museum of Modern Art of Thessaloniki, “Dialogues 2007”
2011: Solo exhibition “From the aquarium to the dive” at the Art Gallery “Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou”
2021: Solo exhibition “Incarnate image” at Gallery “7”
From 1991 until today she has taken part in many group-thematic exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

Tel: +30 210.3612050