Athena Papadopoulos

Athena Papadopoulos

“In Athena Papadopoulos’ installation Cain and Abel Can’t and Able, two voices hurl slurs, dares and obscenities at each other in viscous pantomime drawls. Over the span of five dialogues and five associated pairs of sculptural paintings (wrought together from noxious materials like nail varnish, synthetic hair and disfigured plush toys), these voices move through a series of warring dichotomies – mother and daughter, he and she, good and evil, intimate opposites defined through and against one another. Parsing her own experiences of jealousy, kindness and rivalry through the Biblical parable of Cain and Abel, Papadopoulos complicates the hard binaries through which we organise ourselves and our worlds with a murky syrup of voices and materials.”

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Athena Papadopoulos
Born in 1988 in Toronto, Canada.
Lives and works in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK

2011 – 2013 MFA Fine Art Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK
2006 – 2011 BA Contemporary Art Theory and Visual Art, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA


TBC, Emalin, London, UK (forthcoming)
Cain and Abel Can’t and Able, MOSTYN, Wales, UK

The Apple Nun, Liebaert Projects, Kortijk, BE
Holy Toledo, Takutsobo!, curated by CURA., Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, PT
A Tittle-Tattle-Tell-A-Tale Heart, Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK

The Smurfette, Emalin, London, UK
Belladonna’s Muse, CURA Basement, Rome, IT

Wolf Whistles, featuring a collaboration with Monster Coat Club, Shoot the Lobster, New York, NY, USA

Rancho Rat-King-Cougar, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, DE
Zabludowicz Invites: Athena Papadopoulos, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

Honeymoon in Pickle Paradise, Emalin at The Landmark Hotel, London, UK
OUT COLD, OTHER Projects, Berlin, DE

Hair Piece, Canada Line Public Art, King Edward Station, Canada Line, Vancouver, CA


The Condition of Being Addressable, The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Los Angeles, CA, US (forthcoming)
Future City Shining the Eternal Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, CA (forthcoming)

Touch Me: Nudes from the Miettinen Collection, Miettinen Collection, Berlin, DE
Shaking the Habitual, Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Braga, PT
Bella come una tartaruga, Fondazione Rocco Guglielmo, Bologna, IT

Uno, Allegra Projects, St. Moritz, CH
Sculpture-Lampe, Soft Opening, London, UK
Abstract Sex. We don’t have any clothes, only equipment, curated by Guido Costa and
Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, JANA, Turin, IT
Place Vendôme, Berthold Pott, Cologne, DE
World Receivers, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

From the Inside Out, Drawing Room, London
The Marvelous Cacophony, 57th October Salon, curated by Danielle Kvaran and
Gunnar B. Bvaran, Belgrade, RS
Lia Pasqualino Noto, Casa Studio, Palermo, IT
TO DIE FOR, Castiglioni Fine Arts, Milan, IT

The Diviners, curated by Marina Roy and Phil McCrum, Audain Art Centre, Vancouver, CA
Amours Courtoises, Galerie Sultana, Paris, FR
A Screen of Flesh, COMA Gallery, Sydney, AU
Summer Show, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, SE
Millenial Feminisms, L’Inconnue, Montreal, CA
Le Nouveau Voyeurisme, Hotel Contemporary, Milan, IT

Streams of Warm Impermanence, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Wild Style, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE
Bloody Life, in collaboration with Supportico Lopez and Herald St., Herald St. London, UK
From Transhuman to South Perspectives, curated by Emmanuelle Luciani and Charlotte Cosson, ROWING, London, UK

Natural Instincts, curated by Samuel Leunenberger, Les Urbaines, Lausanne, CH
tc: temporary contemporary, Bass Museum of Art – Collins Park, Miami Beach, FL, US
K HOLE, 6817 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA, US
Dear Luxembourg (Yours Bucktoothed Grl), Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg City, LU

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London, UK; and World Museum, Liverpool, UK
AWAY, Sunset Terrace, Vancouver, CA

Push and Paint, Touch and Display, Vitrine Gallery, London, UK
Goldsmiths MFA Graduation Exhibition, The Pool, London, UK
The Idiot of Nature, Koerner Library Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, CA

LumpSum, with Derrick Jefferies, the invisible line, London, UK
PACT, S.1, London, UK
Kill the Lollipop, ARTHOUSE, London, UK

HEADING, with Justin Worhaug Frederick, L/D’s Project Space, Vancouver, CA
Effects become Causes, University of British Columbia, AHVA Gallery, Vancouver, CA

SNAP! 2010 Preview, Aids Committee of Toronto group fundraiser, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, CA
girls girls girls, with Holly Parmley, AMS Gallery, Vancouver, CA


Cerrajeria, Lock Up International, Mexico City, MX (city-wide site specific installation)

A Crimp in the Fabric: Situating Painting Today: Diviners, Materialists, and Creatives, Vancouver, CA (symposium)
Rinse x Tate Exchange: Athena Papadopoulos and Jonathan Leandoer, Tate Modern, London, UK (site-specific installation)

Metaforms, curated by Nicholas Baume, New York Collins Park, Miami, FL, US (outdoor and site-specific installations)


2018 Max Mara Art Prize, Whitechapel, London x Collezione Marmotti, IT (shortlist)
2014 – 2015 Peter Lloyd Lewis Studio Award, Chisenhale Art Place, UK
2011 British Columbia Arts Council, Fine Art Scholarship for postgraduate studies, CA
2009 Snap Stars, Aids Committee of Toronto, auction proceeds to AIDS research, CA

Athena Papadopoulos’ video-call studio visit will run approximately 1 hour. The visit will consist of the following:

  • An initial introduction where Athena speaks with the visitor and becomes acquainted.
  • A tour around Athena’s new secret home studio location in Hull, where she recently moved from London, in order to work in solitude creating her vision of a private dystopian, domestic world of characters. She will give you a glimpse into the world in which she is building. This will be followed by a series of questions by the visitor on any aspect of what they see. Athena will outline what she is working on currently.
  • Athena will select a reading from one of her recently published novels or texts to share with the visitor in a live reading.

In response to Covid-19 and following government advice, all studio visits will be virtual until further notice and prices have been adjusted accordingly. After selecting your studio visit date and time and upon your Booking Request being accepted by the artist, you will receive an email with a unique link to Google Meet, Skype or Zoom where Athena Papadopoulos will be hosting her live virtual studio visit with you.

Cancellation policy – Any studio visit can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the studio visit starts.

Please note, Booking Requests may take up to 48 hours for confirmation by the artist. Your payment will not be taken until your Booking Request is confirmed. If you would like to make a Booking that will take place within 48 hours, you may do so however it is at the discretion of the artist to confirm in time.

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