Ileana Arnaoutou and Ismene King are jointly awarded the 2nd G&A Mamidakis Foundation Art Prize for their work Tender shell geophilia
Ismene King and Ileana Arnaoutou began their collaborative practice in 2019, working around embodied femininity and loss as a potent and porous condition, notions which they feel the urgency to unravel in a sympoietic manner.
Tender shell geophilia is an in-situ sculptural network that refers to the geographical landscape of the gulf of Agios Nicholaos as a potent containing space. Elements of the work are rooted in a sculptural language that relates to water, overflow and emptiness, presence and absence. Deriving from a narrative that binds the landscape with eroticism, Tender shell geophilia develops into an active condition of relatedness between the geographical elements and the body.
Ismene King (b.1993) is a sculptress and ceramist, graduate from the MFA Sculpture programme of the Slade School of Fine Art, London, where she received the Jeanne Szego Award. Recent exhibitions include ‘True Love Leaves No Traces’, Galerist, Istanbul (2022), ‘Encounters in wreath-knot-chain formations’ (solo exhibition), The Breeder Gallery, Athens (2021), ‘(dis)placement’, Jacaranda, Rio de Janeiro and Off- Quay, London (2017).
Ileana Arnaoutou (b.1994) graduated in 2017 from the Slade School of Fine Art, and in 2018 from University College London from the MA Art History programme. She focuses on painting, drawing and sculpture. Recent exhibitions include ‘ATHENSYN II: Going Viral’, Steinzeit gallery, Berlin (2022), ‘21! Contemporary Greek Painting’, Archeological Museum of Agios Nicholaos, Crete (2021), ‘APOTROPAION’, 16 Fokionos Negri – The Felios Collection, Athens (2021). Ileana has received the ARTWORKS fellowship in 2020 funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
After two years of forced silence due to the pandemic, we are very happy to have been able to successfully realise the 2nd Art Prize this year. We received a great number of applications, and would like to thank all the applicants who submited their proposals.