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Untitled

Aspa Stassinopoulou

Untitled

1978

The work is displayed as part of the permanent exhibition

Installation

Installation

Installation
Wood, photographic emulsion
Variable dimensions
Donated by the artist
Inv. No. 978/14

Aspa Stassinopoulou (1935–2017, Athens, Greece) initially engaged with painting; however, in the 1970s, she broke new ground by utilising mixed media such as ready-made objects, wood, iron, photographic prints, and Super 8 films. She adopted various expressive media within this framework, such as constructions, site-specific installations, and artistic interventions. She drew her subject matter from her contemporary socio-political reality and the private sphere while a critical and often subversive spirit permeated her work. Her sturdy belief that art should be accessible to the public and her commitment to presenting her work outside commercial art spaces brought her close to Greek art collectives of the time such as the Centre of Visual Arts (KET), Art Group 4+, and Group for Communication and Education in Art, which subscribed to a similar mindset.

The Untitled (1978) installation is one of Stassinopoulou’s signature works from the 1970s. In 1969, the artist settled in London where she was heavily influenced by the Vietnam War and its profound repercussions within English society. There, she began using photography as a medium accessible and easily understood by the public, seeking to capture and critically comment – often in a denunciatory manner – on social and political events. She printed photographs from various sources onto ready-made objects, mainly of everyday use – tables, chairs, crates, doors, and windows, among others – aiming for a particular strand of subversion through the juxtaposition of the document and the utility object. She also employed the methodology of juxtaposition in the content of her works, which draws both from the sphere of the personal and the social realm. Besides, according to her statement, she showed an aversion to conventional works of art and picture frames.

Aspa Stassinopoulou was born and died in Athens. Her work mainly includes constructions, installations, and visual actions. She studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1959–1963) and then returned to Greece. In 1968, however, after the imposition of the dictatorship, she left again for Paris. In 1969, she settled in London, where she remained and worked until 1974. Her friendship with Yannis Tsarouchis, whom she called her teacher in art but above all in life, proved influential during her time in Paris.

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