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Camera vs Camera: Maria Lalou Artist’s Talk

15 Feb 2024 7-8.30pm

The Hellenic Centre
London W1U 5AS

Overview

Maria Lalou discusses her works on the edge of social experiments, staging art installations on the steps of theory of the spectacle. Her research is focused on the role of the camera apparatus: its significance in the commons, its personification in the private, its appropriation in the surveillance of everyday networked reality and its potentiality as a weapon of truth in recording history. 

Maria Lalou is a conceptual artist, an experimental filmmaker and occasional writer. She explores the topic of viewing, incorporating cinematic apparatus and surveillance as part of her tools, with central references to the politics of the viewer. Large-scale installations, performances, films and publications characterise her work, shown internationally. Lalou holds a number of grants and awards, presenting her work internationally in exhibitions, publications and lectures. She has published three monographs [theatro] (2015 Onomatopee, Eindhoven) the camera (2019 Dolce Publications, Athens) and the recent [UN]FINISHED (2023 Jap Sam Books, Prinsenbeek) along with the architect Skafte Aymo-Boot. Together she founded and directed the ‘Cross Section Archive’ art centre in Athens, exploring how historical facts, political structures and everyday circumstances have been interfering, co-producing and directing Art & Architecture. She was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy, via a PhD by Published Works at CREAM, University of Westminster, and lives in Amsterdam and Athens.

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