Biography

Kalliopi Lemos is a London-based sculptor, painter and installation artist. She studied painting and printing at Byam Shaw School of Art, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, where she also pursued post-graduate studies in painting.

Lemos creates big-scale public installations, challenging the viewer, with the focus on human rights, the issue of increasing global undocumented migration and female oppression.

She also has made a series of films, where she creates objects (sculptures), which she uses to generate the storyline of the film around those objects.

Her work is represented exclusively by Gazelli Art House.

During the last decade Lemos has exhibited extensively in various international venues. 

Kalliopi Lemos’ work can be found in private collections and on permanent public displays in Onassis Cultural Foundation in New York, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Benaki Museum and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, the Bilgi University in Istanbul and in Canakkale.

‘The Plait’ (2020) by Kalliopi Lemos has been selected and acquired by the Droom en Daad Foundation to be part of the International Sculptural Collection of the city of Rotterdam and is permanently installed in Westersingel terrace.

Currently the work of ‘Wooden Boat with Seven People’ (2011) is on view at Spitalfields Market in London and the ‘Bag of Aspirations’ (2019) at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 Tales of A Journey, Gazelli Art House, London

2019 Bound, Atopos CVC, Athens

2018 All Is To Be Dared, Gazelli Art House, London

2017 Pledges, Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France.

2016 Pledges, Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France.

2016 In Balance, Gazelli Art House, London, UK.

2015 At the Centre of the World, Nitra Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.

The exhibition participated at the 4th Performance Festival, part of the program of the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art.

2015Nitra Gallery presents Kalliopi Lemos’ Booth at Art Athina, Athens, Greece.

2013-2015 I Am I Between Worlds and Between Shadows, Ioakimion Greek

Girls’ High School, Fener, Istanbul. A parallel event of the 13th Istanbul

Biennial – further extended until June 2015.

2014 Pledges, site-specific installation, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens.

2013 Passages of Substance, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens.

2012 Encounters with Less-Remembered Lives, a.antonopoulou.art gallery, Athens.

2011   Navigating in the Dark, Part I, Benaki Museum, Athens.

Navigating in the Dark, Part IΙ, Ibrahim Khan Mosque, under the auspices of the Museum of Contemporary Art Crete, Rethymno.

Navigating in the Dark, Part IΙΙ, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London.

2009 At Crossroads, Brandenburg Gate, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin.

2008 Transitions, BM Suma, Istanbul, Turkey.

2007 Round Voyage, santralistanbul, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey.

2006-2009 Crossing, Old Olive Factory, Eleusina.

2006 Rites of Passage, Pinakotheke of Cyclades, Syros.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park, London

2020 Mayfair Art Weekend, London

2020 It still is as it always was, Pi Artworks, London

2018 Crossings, Armeni, late Minoan cemetery of CreteGreece

2017 TILT platform, Loutaki, Greece

2017 Moving Image: Performance, University of Michigan Museum of

Art, Ann Arbor, USA

2016 Gazelli Art House booth, Spheres, Le Moulin, France

2016 Moving Image New York, USA

2015 Moving Image Istanbul, Turkey

2011 Polyglossia, Stegi Grammaton & Texnon, Onassis Foundation, Athens.

2004 Artists’ Books, ICA, London, United Kingdom.

 

Public Installations

  • 2019 Tools of Endearment: Big Bra, Corset Golden Square, Soho, London, UK
  • 2018 Tools of Endearment, Greenwich O2 public art installation in collaboration with NOW Gallery and Gazelli Art House, London, UK
  • 2017 Wooden Boat with Seven People, Spitalfields public art installation, London, UK
  • 2016-2017 The Stiletto, Golden Square, Soho, London, UK, part of the City of Sculpture
  • Perpetual Transitions, Onassis Cultural Foundation, New York, USA – permanent display.
  • Round Voyage, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey – permanent display.
  • Pledges for a Safe Passage, Canakkale Port, Turkey – permanent display.

 

Awards

2015 The Borusan Contemporary Art Collection Prize, Istanbul, Turkey