Georgia Sagri

Born in Athens, Greece in 1979

Lives and works in New York, USA


2006-08            MFA Columbia University, New York, US

1997-02         Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece

1991-03         National Music School of Athens, Cello Higher Diploma

 

Awards

 

2007              Joan Sovern Sculpture Award

2005                Spyropoulos Foundation, 2nd Award, Athens, Greece

2001                Deste Foundation, 1st Prize, Performance: In the Shop Window, Athens, Greece 

 

Scholarships

 

2006              Fulbright Foundation

2006              A.S. Onassis Foundation 

2006              Leventis Foundation

2006              Propondis Foundation 

 

2008              Founder and Editor in Chief of audio-only magazine FORTÉ

                      www.magazineforte.com

 

Solo Exhibitions & Performances

 

2011                 Μοντέλο της Αντιγόνης, Real Fine Arts, New York [ http://realfinearts.com/index.php?/ongoing/georgia-    sagri/ ]

Masks/Species of Politics, The Luminous Interval: The D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (curated by Nancy Spector)

2010                 One, SOTOSO, Boulevard Maurice Lemonnier 167, Brussels

2009                          ΓΑΛΑΞΗ/ Another Study of the Same Page, A.D. gallery, Athens, Greece

     Georgia Sagri, Vitamin Kids for Trio A, one night event, Artists Space, New York (curated by Amy Owen)

     Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and If Approaching Pain Gives You a Way of Recovering the 

     Memory of Flesh Then Go Elsewhere, On Stellar Rays, New York

Yze Alone, performance at The National Theater of Greece, Rex Theater, Upper Circle Foyer, Athens,  Greece (curated by Ghislaine Dantan and Eleni Coucou )

2008                Edtaonisl, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London [http://www.anthonyreynolds.com/home.htm]

                        When you see me again it won’t be me, performance with the dance group ‘It’s our pleasure to serve you’,         

                      Smith Stewart Gallery, New York

2005                Confession, Gazon Rouge, Athens, Greece

2003                Georgia Sagri, Gazon Rouge, Athens, Greece

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2011                MASSAGE [Paul, Rosenkranz, Sagri, Walczak], AndrewRoth Gallery, New York (curated by Alex      Kitnick) [http://www.andrewroth.com/massage_release.html]

2010                 Reconstruction #1 On Stellar Rays, New York

                    Perpetuum nonstabile: Cantata #2 for Lost House Painters, Solo Viola and a Jukebox, performance by Daniel Bozhkov and Georgia Sagri. Cello Suite No.3 in C major by Johann Sebastian Bach, Raul Garcia, viola, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

                    Father, Mendes Wood, Sao Paulo, Brazil (curated by Diego Singh)

2009                One Minute More, The Kitchen, New York (curated by Debra Singer)

                         Looking back: The White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York (curated by Primary Information)

                        Vlassis Caniaris. In Contrapunto, National Bank Cultural Foundation, Athens, Greece

    The First Image, Centre Regional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc Roussilon, Sete, France (curated by   Denys Zacharopoulos)

2008                A Seer Out of Season, On Stellar Rays, New York (curated by Candice Mandey and Tairone Bastien)  

                      Women Only, Beltsios Collection, Margaris Gallery, Amfilochia, Greece (curated by Sotirios Bahtertzis)

    Yes, AR/Contemporary Gallery, Milan (curated by Tairone Bastien)

     Altoids Awards, performance with Ei Arakawa, New Museum, New York

     Below Is The Sea And Our Desert Is Beside Us, Art Unlimited, Art Basel 39

     Columbia University Thesis Show, Fisher Landau Art Center, Long Island, New York (curated by Joao   Ribas)

        This is the waiting room, performance with the dance group ‘It’s our pleasure to serve you’, The Unfair Art  

        Fair, Rome, Italy

    When you see me again it won’t be me, performance with the dance group ‘It’s our pleasure to serve you’,             

    Smith Stewart Gallery, New York

                         After Dark, Bushwick Star, New York

    Untitled: This is what is going to happen, Lumen House, New York (curated by Summer Guthrey)

Nichts Ist Aufregend, Nichts Ist Sexy, Nichts Ist Nicht Peinlich, performance with the dance group ‘It’s our  pleasure to serve you’ Mumok, Vienna (curated by Achim Hochdörfer und Tanja Widmann)

2007                Mini Concerts in Back Valley, Smith Stewart Gallery, New York

                     Below Is The Sea And Our Desert Is Beside Us Destroy Athens, 1st Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece  (curated by XYZ)  

                        Fractured Figure, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece (curated by Jeffrey Deitz)

                        Dream and Trauma, Works from Dakis Joannou collection, Athens, a joint project with Kusthalle Wien

                      and Mumok Museum, Wien

                        1st Year MFA Show, Columbia University, New York

2006                Panic Room, The Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece

    An Outing: The Beltsios Collection: Contemporary Art in Greece in the 21st Century, Trikala, Greece

                        Art Fab ‘Women in Europe’, group exhibition, Saint Tropez, France

    Tatoo My Art, group exhibition, A.Antonopoulou.Art, Athens, Greece (curated by Nadja Argyropoulou0

2005                The Gesture. A Visual Library in Progress, QUARTER, Centro Produzione                                                    

                       Arte, Florence, Italy (curated by Marina Fokidis)

                       Protaseis, Kodra, Thessaloniki, Greece

                         The Gesture. A Visual Library in Progress, Macedonian Museum of Modern Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

                       Homage to Drawing, A.Antonopoulou Gallery, Athens, Greece

                       The Simple Life, Hydra High School, Hydra, Greece

                       7 Performances & A Conversation, Athens, Greece

                         Lost in Translation, Hellenic American Union, Athens,   Greece

2004                 Manderlay, Hotel Astoria, Thessaloniki, Greece

                 Videokunst Geist, Gemeinschaft und Tschai, Athens, Greece

                    Domestic Alien, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece (curated by Kostis Velonis)

         Et In Iraq Ego, Alpha Station, Athens, Greece

                         Processing Radar, Technopolis, Municipality of Athens, Athens, Greece

                         Breakthrough! Greece 2004: Contemporary Perspective in the Visual Arts, ARCO 2004, Madrid, Spain

2003                 So Much… So Great, Contemporary Art Center, Larissa, Greece (curated by Xenia Kalpaktzoglou)

                         Solus Locus, Gazon Rouge, Athens, Greece

     Radar, Contemporary Arts for European Cities, Venice Biennale, Centro Civicio, Giudecca, Venice, Italy

                         Anthem to Freedom, Gazon Rouge, Athens, Greece

2002                Seeing is Beleiving, Gazon Rouge, Athens, Greece

                        Still Life I, School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece

                        Glimpses, digital loops, htpp://www.softknot.gr/glimpses

                        Ruins Inhabitants- Still Life II, Hotel Theoxenia, , Portaria, Greece

2001                In the Shop Window, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece

                        A Damaged Piece of Video for Closed Eyes, Café Muller, Rotterdam, Holland

                        Before You Enter Take Your Shoes Off, School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece

2000                Night Town Café, Rotterdam, Holland

1999                Polytechnic 1999, the Polytechnic, Patission Street, Athens, Greece

1997                Fluxus, The Factory, School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece

                  

Selected Bibliography

 

2011                Alex Kitnick, ‘Bad Memory: Interview with Georgia Sagri’, Idiom Magazine (idiommag.com), 27 April [http://idiommag.com/2011/04/bad-memory-interview-with-georgia-sagri/]

                         Ken Johnson, ‘Uptown, a Jumble of Treasures’, New York Times, April

2010                          David Velasco, ‘Drama Queen’, Artforum, September

                 Stephanie Bailey, Exhibition Review, Art Papers, March/April (ill.)

                         Georgia Sagri interview with Christopher Marinos, Kaput, February (ill.)

2009                 Natalie Bell, ‘One Minute More’, Art Papers, November / December

                         Charlie Schultz, ‘One Minute More’, Art Slant, September

                         Alex Gartenfeld , ‘A Stage of Her Own: Georgia Sagri’, Art in America, August

                         Georgia Sagri, ‘Georgia Sagri’, Flash Art, March

2008                Carolina Busta, ‘New York’, Artforum, December

                         Lilly Wei, ‘Destroy, They Said’, Art In America, June/July (ill.)

                         Dr. Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Interventionist and Public-Responive Art in Greece, Res, May (ill.)

                         P. Georgiadou, ‘Deuteri Anagnosi’, Vogue Hellas, April (ill.)

2007              ‘Crimes of Passion’, www.mosaiko.gr, February

2006                Petros Birbilis, ‘Georgia Sagri’, Vima Donna, April (ill.)

2005                Marina Fokidis, ‘Georgia Sagri’, Flash Art, July-September (ill.)

                        Despina Zevkeli, ‘Twenty One’, Athinorama, 12-19 May (ill.)

                        Despina Zevkeli, ‘Georgia Sagri; Confession, I Performer Apousiazi’, Athinorama, 12-19 May (ill.)

                        Dora Papageorgiou, ‘Exi Theates sti Faka Tis’, Eleftherotipia, 27 May (ill.)

                       ‘Parousiasi: Georgia Sagri’  Time Out Athens, 21 April (ill.)

                       ‘I Martires Mias Performance’, Athinorama, 21-28 April (ill.)

                        Augustinos Zenakos, ‘Na Bgei Kaneis i Na Mi Bgei?’, Vima Donna, March (ill.)

                        Eliana Dimadi and Despina Zevkeli, ‘To Soma Diadilonei’, Athinorama, 10 March (ill.)

       ‘Ta Dora ton Allon’, To Vima, 20 February (ill.)       

        Vaggelis Blahos, ‘Chameni sti Metafrasi’, Time Out Athens, 17 February

                        Fotini Barka, ‘ Apantochi tis to Koino’, Eleftherotipia, February (ill.)

2004               ‘To Koritsi tis Diplanis Vitrinas’, Kathimerini, 25 December (ill.)

                     ‘Techni k Lemargia’, To Vima, 14 November (ill.)

                        Natasa Adamou, ‘ Georgia Sagri’, Time Out Athens, 4-11 March (ill.)

                       ‘Art Athina’, Athinorama, 29 April (ill.)

2003               ‘Thimithite’, Marie Claire, December

                        Antonis Galanopoulos, ‘ D-Eikastiki Parembasi’, Eleftherotipia, 26 November (ill.)

                       ‘Georgia Sagri’, The S Magazine, 13 November (ill.)

                       ‘Performance in Progress’, Athinorama, 20-27 November (ill.)

                        Giorgios Tzirtzilakis, ‘Ti Mpori Ena Soma?’, Athens Voice, 23-29 October (ill.)

                       ‘Perfomance se Tris Fasis’, Athinorama, 16-23 October (ill.)

                        Mairi Adamopoulou, ‘Georgia Sagri, Egine Techni Chiropodara Demeni’, Ta Nea, 23 October (ill.)

                       ‘Egkainia; Georgia Sagri’, Time Out Athens, 23-29 October (ill.)

                        Dionisia Lagiou,’Ekkolaptomeni Kallitexnes’, Ethnos, 28 May (ill.)

                       ‘Ta Apominaria Mias Performance’, Athinorama, 13-20 March (ill.)

                        Maria Tsilibidou, ‘ “Ymnos eis tin Eleftherian” Me Tavli, Prefa Kai Bioloncello’, Investors World, 8-9

        March (ill.)

       ‘Ymnos eis tin Eleftherian’, Epsilon, 9 March (ill.)

 

The emergence of technical advancements has transformed the way the body activates, composes and diffuses its presence. Every aspect of life is a performance of an undefined and continuous spectacle. There is no clear distinction between the producer and her product. The role of the author is diffused and the role of the DJ becomes the paradigm for the generations that meet inside clubs, in huge music festivals and spend much of their time in airports, in constant transit, targeting an alternative form of work or even no work; looking for something exciting, fast, vibrant.

It is evident that the dematerialization of the means of musical production has transformed our cultural landscape. For my work, music is method and operation. The music industry and its agents with the use of countless tools – re-mixing, sampling, copy and pasting, designing, becoming the model, giving service for, arranging and sometimes turning into the catalyst for any sort of different operations – set ways to think of performance art today.

Included and excluded from all kinds of physical and virtual environments, we are required to constantly recreate our identities and their characteristics. The character, then, cannot exist if there isn’t a performance strong enough to define its purpose. The apparatus - architectures, plans, transportations, transmissions, communications, technologies, gadgets, any software of any sort, translations upon reproductions and re-translations - defines our perception, accumulation, and interaction. Rhythms create groups and define structures. Dances operate in fields of constant flux, which when inside and outside interweave. Social gathering is not bound by any tradition. Relations are not created through ideological frames. Acts turn into traces, layers of history and media fragments. Gestures develop and transform into new sources, materials, and waves.

My attempt is to observe, listen and score those manifestations and present them in space. We are part of the movies we create, the advertisements that promote our subjectivities, and the images of our own. Information is like Prozac, a comfort tool, which makes us functional, and gives us chances to participate.

Photos

Owen, (Monday 19 September, Plateia Dikastirion, Venizelos Statue)
Owen, (Monday 19 September, Plateia Dikastirion, Venizelos Statue)
Owen, (Monday 19 September, Plateia Dikastirion, Venizelos Statue)
Owen, (Monday 19 September, Plateia Dikastirion, Venizelos Statue)

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon