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photo by: Andreas Simopoulos

Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou / Bunny ‘s artistic work envisions alternative universes in which subversive characters flourish to re-imagine a less traumatic past, criticize the present and anticipate a future autonomous from the existing historical and social infrastructure.

 

Embedding collective process and the sharing of personal experience in their artistic practice, they attempt to to produce places of empowerment and healing. Their work invites us to an inner investigation of our guilt and pleasures of our childhood memories and ambivalent desires. With the use of participatory installation, sculpture, performance and video they redefine hegemonic attitudes and patterns, aiming to retrieve unseen parts of history, reframing and deconstructing relationships and events that are usually taken for granted. It proposes a perpetual transformation of beings, imaginary and not, who reconstitute traditions, myths and fairy tales with boundless tenderness, spikiness and humor.

 

 In their methodology, the social component is paramount, while fluffiness and touch is being used as a means to foster intimacy and interaction. It is about how softness can lead us to transform our subjectivities and communities or how melancholy and failure can shape a new understanding of the political. In an effort to communicate their work with a diverse audience, they seek to build bridges of kinship between art, alternative ways of learning and social activism.

 

Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou / Bunny is a visual artist based between Athens and Los Angeles. They hold a BA in sculpture from the Athens School of Fine Arts university and currently they are carrying out postgraduate studies at UCLA University of Los Angeles on a FULBRIGHT Foundation and Harry D. Triantafillou scholarships.

 

They have realized several large-scale projects and participated in major exhibitions in international institutions and museums such as a solo show at the Arnolfini Center of Contemporary Arts in Bristol, a solo show at B&M Theocharakis Foundation, a one-year residency at ATOPOS cvc in Athens supported by NEON , a summer school at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Arts, the Athens Biennale OMONOIA, Wrightwood 659 in Chicago, Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Austria, The Breeder Gallery, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, the National Opera of Greece, the Onassis Foundation among others.

In 2018 they created Fluffy Library a hybrid platform of togetherness for artists, book lovers, educators, activists, children and youth, families of all kinds and people from the LGBTQIA+ community, hosted for a year by ATOPOS cvc with the support of NEON Institute.

Their work has been exhibited in museums, institutes and exhibition spaces worldwide, with solo shows at the  Arnolfini Center of Contemporary Arts in Bristol, the B&M Theocharakis Foundation, the ATOPOS Contemporary Visual Culture Organization, the Piraeus Theatre, and group shows at the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Arts, the Athens Biennale OMONOIA, Wrightwood 659 in Chicago, Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Austria, The Breeder Gallery, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, the National Opera of Greece, the Onassis Foundation among others. Bunny has collaborated and worked with artists such as William Pope L. and Annie Sprinkle&Beth Stephens for Documenta 14, Fabiana Faleiros For the 10th Berlin Biennale, Annea Lockwood, Brooke Candy, La Pocha Nostra, Quimera Rosa and more.