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Internal Space

Margarita Mavromichalis
Internal Space
November 30 - February 19, 2022

19 Patriarchou Ioakim
4th floor
10675 Athens

(+30) 210 7235 226

Opening Hours
Tue, Thu, Fr: 11.00-20.00
Wed, Sat: 11.00-16.00

About the artist

Margarita Mavromichalis has spent her life living and travelling around the world. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. Her work has been displayed in exhibitions in New York, Boston, San Diego, The Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Historical Society and more recently in Budapest, Athens, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and London. Selected photographs are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is the winner of the 9th Pollux Award (2016) and winner of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award (2018, 2020). She was a finalist at the Miami Street Photography Festival (2018, 2020) and was nominated for the 2019 Prix Pictet Award. Most recently, she was awarded the 2021 silver medal at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3) annual international competition. She will be participating in the 6th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography (Barcelona, December 9, 2021 – January 9, 2022).

About the exhibition

Margarita Mavromichalis presents a series of 19 photographs taken between 2019 and 2021. She attempts to show an ‘inner’ reality through deliberate, careful stagings within a bourgeois home. That reality emerges as a consequence of the general confinement imposed by the pandemic. Isolation from the outside world, reversal of conditions, and the subsequent lack of communication result in an inward turn – whether it’s the ‘closed’ safety of the private home or a more profound introversion.

"If a photograph says more about the photographer than the subject itself, then every image taken is a self-portrait. But an actual self-portrait of the artist is not just a revelation of who the artist is, the image strips the artist down to the bone, making him feel naked to the eyes of the public, exposing him and leaving him more vulnerable than ever." Margarita Mavromichalis

"Margarita Mavromichalis’ photographs result from a directed and staged observation of her own image, self-portraits that document her active participation in their creation. And when, at times, she veers dangerously close to fashion photography, without that being her intention, the artist’s caustic humour and a surreal sense of the unexpected prevail, creating a particularly fertile tension between the content and the stylisation of the image." Curator Elizabeth Plessa