anastasia karandinou


‘The trace is appearance of a nearness, however far removed the thing that left it behind may be. The aura is appearance of a distance, however close the thing that calls it forth. In the trace, we gain possession of the thing; in the aura, it takes possession of us.’

Walter Benjamin

My drawings attempt to explore the notion of nearness and immersion in a city/ a place/ an atmosphere, and at the same time the notion of distancing. My attempt is to construct a very specific and precise atmosphere – and at the same time reveal nothing of the actual physicality of that place.

You wake up from a dream and you feel like you can describe every single detail of the whole story; and that very moment you remember nothing.

Previous exhibitions/ projects/ experience:

__ Contemporary Painting Group show, Brick Lane gallery, 5th – 16th December 2018.

__ Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Old Townhall, London. Group Show. 12-14 February 2016.

__ Exhibition at Bermondsey Gallery, London. Dec 2015 - Feb 2016.

__ Exhibition 'Works of Arts and Words', Centre for the Arts, Eleftherias Park, Vasilisis Sofias Avenue, Athens, Greece. Group Show. 28 March – 5 April 2015. Preview: 28 March. 12.00 pm

__ Exhibition 'Works of Arts and Words', Centre for the Arts, Eleftherias Park, Vasilisis Sofias Avenue, Athens, Greece. Group Show. 28 March – 5 April 2015. Preview: 28 March 2015.

__ Exhibition 'Plurality', Camden Image Gallery, 174 Royal College Street, London. Group Show. 23 Nov – 4 Dec 2014. Preview: 22 Nov 2014.

__ Solo Show_ Exhibition ‘Between Places’, The Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park road, Battersea, London. 18-19 September 2014. Organised by Art dealer Barbra Ann Bachorik, UK Art representation and Sales (

__ River Quarter Kitchen, Battersea, London, July – October 2014, Preview: 8 July 2014, Solo show.

__ Trispace Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, London, 3-16 July 2014, Affordable Art Fair.

__ Brick Lane Gallery, London, 13-26 May 2014, Contemporary Painting, Group exhibition.

__ Chelsea Framers Gallery, London, 27 April – 12 May 2014, Plein-Air Drawings exhibition.

__ The South Galleries_

__ Edinburgh Airport Gallery, September – November 2011, Group exhibition.

__ Coffee etc., Edinburgh, January – March 2009, Group exhibition.

__ Greyfriars Gallery and Framers, Edinburgh, 2008 – 2009, Group exhibitions.

__ Interactive installation project ‘Athens by Sound’ (main curator/ designer) – selected to represent Greece in the 11th Venice Biennale, 2008.
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Architect and artist. Studied architecture in Athens, Eindhoven and Edinburgh and worked with architectural practices and as a free-lance architect and designer. In the Athens School of Architecture (NTUA) I studied drawing and painting with Professors Sotiris Sorogas, Vasso Kiriaki, Dimitris Sevastakis, and Vana Xenou – a few of the most distinguished contemporary Greek artists. I have taken part in group exhibitions in London, Athens and Edinburgh.

My interactive installation ‘Athens by Sound’, after successful competition entry, represented Greece in the Venice Biennale of 2008. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London; I enjoy immensely teaching and researching in the areas of architectural design, interiors, urban design and digital media, and working on interdisciplinary research, art and design projects.