December 10, 2019 - January 15, 2020
Visual artist Olga Migliaressi-Phoca (b. 1981 Athens – Greece) creates narratives that reflect popular culture of today and echo current viewpoints and attitudes of western society with a pinch of irony. Using photography & found images, her visuals form a cultural study referencing a specific place and time, exploring issues of gender, identity and social typology. Capturing the surface of an appearance, her works challenge the viewer to look through social stereotypes, bringing them closer to the true nature of the subject. Through the use of photography, found images and the appropriation of popular images, she creates a new platform for the work to exist in, a new context for these ideas to inhabit. Throughout her pieces prevails a sense of sarcasm, irony and a tackle towards social stereotypes in a humorous approach.
In her text based works, the artist turns iconic logos into a thought provoking play of words. Recognizable, familiar images that have become a mundane part of the everyday vocabulary become transformed into something new. With a Pop aesthetic and a heavy dose of causticness, the artist aims to critique various perceptions of Western societies and invites the viewer to observe their feelings towards several social taboos. The meaning of each piece is open to interpretation for the viewer to contemplate and decide upon.
Migliaressi-Phoca was awarded her MFA in Photography & Related Media at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York in 2009. Prior to that she completed her Foundation Studies in Art & Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and obtained her BFA in Fashion Photography at the London College of Fashion. Her latest solo shows include Sin City, Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos / Loves Me Loves Me Not, You Cannot Hide for more than Seven Years Project for Despoina Damaskou Architecture Studio, Athens / Coco Nuts, Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos.
Her latest groups shows include Highlight: Gramercy, National Arts Club / New York, Dancing Godesses, Dio Horia, Mykonos / Cultural Memories, The Archeaological Museum of Milos, Greece / The Diary of a Seamstress, Antonopoulou Gallery, Athens / Jump Ball, Dio Horia, Mykonos / The Equilibrists, a project organized by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, Athens.
In 2011 she was one of the winners of the Polo Jeans Co. Ralph Lauren Art Stars Project Award, which is geared towards emerging young artists and designers in Europe.