Leda Papaconstantinou

 

Born in Ampelonas, Larissa, Greece in 1945. She lives and works on the island of Spetses, Greece.
 
 
She is one of the primary and few artists in Greece who has used performance as an expressive medium during the ’70s and ’80s and her presence is constant and continuous since the late 60’s. Her work, apart from performances, consists of installations, paintings, sculptures, video and film. 

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    1968-1971 BA (Hons) Fine Arts, Maidstone, College of Art (K.I.A.D. Kent Institute of Art and Design, University of Kent), UK. 1967-1968 Loughton college of Art, London, UK. 1965-1966 Athens School of Fine Arts, Foundation, Greece. 1962-1965 Degree in Graphic Design, Doxiadis School, Athens, Greece.
    2015 "Tribute: Leda Papaconstantinou", 4th Thessaloniki Performance Festival - 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece 2013 “Visitors”, a.antonopoulou.art Gallery, Athens, Greece “Spetses Players - the archives”, Agora – 4th Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece (catalogue) 2011 “Yes and No”, site-specific installation, Museum of Greek Folk Art, The Bath-house of the Winds, Athens, Greece;  curator Dr. Aphrodite Kouria (catalogue) 2010 “Time in My Hands”, site-specific public work, “Monastiraki” metro station, commissioned by Attiko Metro, Athens, Greece 2009 "Forever", Old Oil and Soap Factory of Elefsina, Greece. 2008 “Barbie Is Dead”, a.antonopoulou.art, Athens/ Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece. 2007 “In the Name Of”, honouring artist of the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Syrago Tsiara, production Center of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki, Greece. 2006 “Leda Papaconstantinou: Performance, Film, Video 1969-2004”, Benaki Museum, Athens/Bei Hamam, organised by the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece. 2004 “Witness”, a.antonopoulou.art, Athens, Greece. 2002 "1969-2000 A Retrospect", Vafopoulio Foundation, Thessaloniki, Greece, curator Efthimia Georgiadou-Koundoura. “Past Revisited”, mixed media, Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece. 2000 “Travels With My father”, mixed media & sculpture, Astrolavos Gallery, Spetses, Greece. 1999 “Members”, Εpikentro, Athens, Greece. “Selections 1990-1999”, Lola Nikolaou Art Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece. 1998 “Genet? s toaster”, House of Cyprus, Athens, Greece. 1997 “Genet? s toaster”, Diaspro Art Center, Nicosia, Cyprus. 1996 “Untitled”, transparent paintings, Lola Nicolaou Art Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece. “Flying Comics”, transparent paintings, Diaspro Art Center, Nicosia, Cyprus. 1995 “Untitled”, transparent paintings, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece. 1992 “Liquid Forest”, sculpture, constructions, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece. “War Machines from The Future”, sculpture, Spetses, Greece. 1989 “Untitled”, paintings and sculptures, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece. “Untitled”, sculptures, Biennale Sao Paolo, curator A. Kafetsi. “Sculptures”, Biennale Sao Paolo, Brasil. 1986 “Recent events”, painting, sculpture, installation, Dracos Art Center, Athens, Greece. 1985 “Burning”, performance, Athens, Greece. 1982 “Dim Landscape”, installation, performance, Gallery 3, Athens, Greece. “Still Life Ι”, installation, performance, Gallery 3, Athens, Greece. 1981 “The Box”, installation, performance, Gallery 3, Athens, Greece. 1975-1979 Spetses Theater, Spetses Festival-Popular Shows, ”Rocks Performance”, Spetses, Greece. “The Spetses Players”, Popular Show, Spetses, Greece. 1974 “An environment”, installation and films, Ora Gallery, Athens, Greece. 1971 “Deaf and Dumb”, performance, Maidstone College of Art, Maidstone/ Public Sites, UK. “The last Performance”, installation, performance, Maidstone, UK. 1970 “The Greek Performance”, installation, performance ,Bloomsbury Theater, London, UK. “The Model” performance, Maidstone College of Art, Maidstone, UK. “Pregnant”, performance and films, Maidstone, UK. 1969 “Private Structure and Ritual”, installation, performance, Maidstone, UK. “Central Line-Rush Hour”, performance, The London Underground, London, UK.
    2015 Art Athina - International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens - a.antonopoulou.art gallery, Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece 2014 “How men and the book were rescued”, in the context of the conference “Law and the Sea”, organised by The Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy and the Greek Legal History Society, “Korgialenios” School, Spetses, Greece “Women Artists in the Greek Avant-Garde”, ISET - Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Athens, Greece; curator Haris Kanellopoulou (catalogue) “Rambling”, Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece “Bouffet”, Martinos Gallery, Athens, Greece “Nissos14”, Roussopoulos House, Spetses, Greece “The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe after 1945”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, in the context of the 30th Exhibition of the Council of Europe; curator Denys Zacharopoulos (catalogue) 2013 “By-product”, Technopolis, Athens, Greece; curator Alexandros Psychoulis (catalogue) “Women Artists from the Collection of the National Gallery”, Old School, Castle of Sifnos, Greece; curator Lina Tsikouta (catalogue) “Tradition - Reversal”, 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; curators Katerina Koskina, Yannis Bolis (catalogue) “The Mediterranean Experience”, 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, curator Denys Zacharopoulos (catalogue) “Memories - Creations - Acquisitions (works from the collection of Gavrilos Mihalis)”, 1st Elementary School, Kalyvia, Attika, Greece “Zoo”, Martinos Gallery, Athens 2012 “Places of Memory - Fields of Vision”, Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki, Greece; curator Syrago Tsiara; main exhibition / festival of “Invisible Cities”, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (catalogue) “Steps of a Journey 2004-2011”, Aeschylleia Festival, “L. Kanellopoulos” Cultural Centre, Elefsina, Greece; curator Giorgos Skianis (catalogue) “Couples”, Akroporo Gallery, Spetses, Greece 2011 “Ladies Mark”, Culture Centre, Freedom Park Arts Centre, Athens, Greece; Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Athens; curator Anna Hatzigiannaki (catalogue) “Contemporary Greek Women”, The Hub Athens, Greece; curator Marina Fokidis (catalogue) “Home”, ΚΕΘΕΑ, Technopolis, Athens, Greece (catalogue) “Inlaid Materials”, Leda Papaconstantinou, Rena Papasyprou, Ellie Chrysidou, Choros 18, Thessaloniki, Greece 2010 “The first image”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; curator Denys Zacharopoulos (catalogue) “The Marathon Project”, Acropolis Museum; curators/coordinators: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nadja Argyropoulou “Open Spaces”, public sites, Aegina, Greece; curator Haris Kanellopoulou (pamphlet) 2009 "Personal / Political", 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art - Parallel Programme, curated by Areti Leopoulou & Theodore Markoglou, Thessaloniki, Greece. "The First Image", curated by Denys Zacharopoulos, Centre Regional d' Art Contemporain Languedoc, Sete, France. “Material Links – A Dialogue Between Greek and Chinese Artists”, curated by Iris Kritikou, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, National Bank Cultural Foundation, Greece. 2008 “Material Links – A Dialogue Between Greek and Chinese Artists”, curated by Iris Kritikou, Technopoli, Municipality of Athens, Greece. “And now?”, Visual Arts in Greece III, State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, curated by Christina Petrinou. “Material Links – A Dialogue Between Greek and Chinese Artists”, curated by Iris Kritikou, Diana Freundl and Mati Cuenca, MoCA Shanghai, China. “Live Art on Camera”, SPACE, London, UK. “Heterotopias: Selections from the 1st Thessaloniki Bienalle of Contemporary Art”, Belgrade Cultural Center, production: State Museum of Contemporary Art, Center of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Belgrade Cultural Center, Belgrade. 2007 “Live Art on Camera”, John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton, UK. 2005 “Sacred and Profane, Aspects of the Female in Modern Greek Painting, 1930-2005”, Municipal Gallery of Chania, Crete, Greece, curator Haris Kambouridis. “The Gesture-A Visual Library in Progress”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece / Quarter, Centro Produzione Arte, Florence, Italy curators Sergio Risaliti, Marina Fokidi, Dafni Vitali. “BIDA 2005, Sport in Contemporary Art”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece / Las Atarazanas, Seville, Spain, curators Sania Papa, Christos Savidis, Marta Moriarty, Antonio Arean. 2004 “Suffering Body”, Center for Contemporary Art, Rethymnon. Crete, Greece, curator Stavros Tsigoglou. “Griechische Kunst Heute”, Bayer Kulturabreilung, Leverkusen, Germany, curator Inge Baecker. “The Other Body”, 4th Human Rights Arts Festival, organized by Open Horizons, art director, Kostas Theonas, Eugenides Foundation, Athens, Greece. “Athina by Art”, Athens, Greece, organised by the Municipality of Athens & AICA HELLAS, in the context of the Olympic Games, curator Efi Strousa. “Suffering Body”, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens, Greece, curator Stavros Tsigoglou. “Meeting Point, Modern Art, Turkey-Greece”, Museum of Aghia Irene, Istanbul, Turkey / Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, curator Inge Baecker. 2003 “I, Me, Myself”, Rethymnon Center of Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece, curator Eleni Kipreos. “The Pioneers”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, L. Beltsios collection, Greece, curator Denis Zacharopoulos. “322 + 1 Artists/ Donators", Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. “ Penelopeia: the Other Journey”, the IMF Auditorium & Atrium gallery, Washington DC, curator Zoe Kosmidou. 2002 “The Permanent Collection”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. “The Pioneers, Beltsios Collection”, Contemporary Art Center of Calabaca, Greece, curator Denis Zacharopoulos. 2001 “Visions and Bonds-Allegories of Prison in Contemporary Greek Art”, Freedom Park Arts Center, Athens, Greece, curator Haris Kabouridis. 2000 “The Work of Women in the World Is Worth its Weight in Gold”, Fabrica, Brighton, UK. “The Secret of Time II”, Old University, Plaka, org. A.S.M.I.D.A., Astra Gallery, Greece. “The Apple of Discord”, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens, Greece. 1999 “8 Greek Artists”, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany, curator Mary Michailidou. 3rd Estet 1999, Port of Thessaloniki, Greece, organized by the Ministry of Culture, Curator Nikos Giannopoulos. The Netherlands Institute of Athens, Greece. The Emfientsoglou Collection, Athens, Greece, curator Efi Strousa. “On the verge of 2000”, Selini Gallery, Athens, Greece. 1998 “One + 13, tribute to Eleni Altamoura”, org. Synaspismos, Greece. “Focuisations du Regard”, WEU (West European Union building), Brussels, curator Athina Shina. “Original Replica”, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens, Greece, curator Eleni Kipreos. “New Acquisitions”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. Epikentro gallery, Athens, Greece. Diaspro Art Center, Nicosia, Cyprus. Nafplio Art Center, Maria Gouma, Greece. 1997 Cultural Capital of Europe, Thessaloniki, Greece. 42nd Salon of Contemporary Art, Montrouge, France, curator Sania Papa. Lola Nikolaou Art Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece. 1996 “Saint Dendrikios”, installation, University Museum, Athens, Greece, curator Andreas Helmis. Tribute to Perikles Pantazis, Pinacotheque Averoff – Tositsa, Metsovo, Greece, curator Olga Metzafou-Polyzou. Diaspro Art Center, Nicosia, Cyprus. 1995 “The Box”, Diaspro Art Center, Nicosia, Cyprus. 1993 “The Tree”, Pinacotheque Averoff - Tositsa, Metsovo, Greece, curator Olga Metzafou-Polyzou. “The Tree”, Municipal Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus, curator Yiannis Kolokotronis. 1992 ARCO Art Fair, Ileana Tounta, Madrid, Spain. The Permanent Collection, Rethymnon Center for Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece, curator Maria Marangou. “Transformations of The Modern”, National Gallery, Athens, Greece, curator, Anna Kafetsi. 1991 Art Frankfurt, Ileana Tounta, Frankfurt, Germany. 1990 “Post-industrial, environment”, Municipality of Lavrio & Pinacoteque Pierides, Lavrio, Greece, curator Yiannis Kolokotronis. Opening Exhibition, Epikentro gallery, Patra, Greece. Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece. 1987 28th Greek Cinema Festival. Video Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. Pierides Museum , Athens, Greece, curator Nikos Giannopoulos. 1986 “The Aspect of Post-War Art in Greece”, Municipal Gallery, Athens, Greece, curator Julia Demakopoulou. “Greek Avant Garde in the ?70s and ?80s”. Video Art and Experimental Film, The Film Makers co-op, London, UK. 3rd Video festival, Montbeliard, France. Studio Videograph 1986, Thessaloniki, Greece. Video Art, ΕΡΤ 1, state TV, Greece. 1985 “Signs of change ?80. New Dialogues”, Dracos Art Center, Athens, Greece/ FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris, France, curator Efi Strousa. 1984 “7 Greek Artists – Samples of Small Works”, Rembrandt Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus. 1983 “Olympia II, 7 Greek Artists - a new journey”, DESTE Foundation, Famagousta Gate Nicosia, Cyprus, curator Efi Strousa. “Still Life EE - Emerging images”, Atheneum Intercontinental, Athens, Greece, curator Efi Strousa. 1982 “Still Life II - Emerging images”, Europalia Hellas΄82 I.C.C. Antwerben, Belgium, curator Efi Strousa. 1981 “The Box, Action and Space - Trends of Contemporary Greek”, Zappeion, Athens, Greece, Curator: Greek Art Critics Association (AICA). “The Lake-the flag”, installation, performance, Avgi festival, Nea Smyrne, Athens, Greece. Art works, Art Group 4+, Agiou Meletiou 20, Athens. Greece. 1980 “The Screen”, Gallery 3, Athens, Greece. 1977 Spetses Festival, Spetses, Greece. 1970-71 “Dream Performance. The journey of Meat and Souls”,Cockpit Theatre, London, UK. 1969-70 Group Events, Saint Catherine?s Docks, London, UK. 1968 Subway Performance, London, UK. Group Events, Arts Laboratory, London, UK. 1965 Spring Celebrations, Athens, Greece.
FILM PERFORMANCE 1971 “They”, super-8mm film “Friends”, super-8mm film “Happy End”, 16mm film (included in “Last Performance”, 1971 & “An Environment”, 1974) “Porn”, super-8mm film Super-8mm films were made for the works “Pregnant”, “An Environment”, “The Box”. 1970 “Bite”, super-8mm film “Boxed”, super-8mm film “Pregnant”, super-8mm film “Sunday on Hampstead Heath”, slideshow 1969 “Oh Godard”, super-8mm film “Votive”, super-8mm film “Do you Love me”, super-8mm film “Today What”, super-8 mm film VIDEO 2013 Interviews with Eleftheria Kocheila and Dimitris Malakos (for the participation in the 4th Athens Biennale - Agora) 2011 “Yes + No” (site specific installation) 2009 “Forever” (site specific installation) 2007 “In the name of” (site specific installation) 2005 “She who cries” 2004 “Strip - the Chronicle of an Interrogation” 1997 “Genet?s Toaster - Homage to Jean Genet” 1985 “The Arrows are of Eros”  1981 “Bouboulina”, in collaboration with Carole Roussopoulos DOCUMENTARY “Greek Performance”, 16mm film, documentary