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LUNA | AN EXHIBITION BY IRINI KARAYANNOPOULOU
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LUNA
AN EXHIBITION BY IRINI KARAYANNOPOULOU

Luna is a project created during the artist’s CLUBHOUSE BEBEK artist residency with ISTANBUL’74.

In this new body of work, Irini Karayannopoulou interconnects show business relics with mythology, in
a poetic fashion. The artist’s fascination for the ancient Greek myth of the moon goddess, who falls in love with a handsome shepherd, ignites the creation of a delirious series of prints, collages and paintings. Triggered by the moon’s power to influence our mood and by the impact of women stars on society -actresses, singers, dancers and models- Irini Karayannopoulou unearths images from the 1950s to the 1980s and brings them back to life, refreshed.

During her three-week stay in Istanbul, the artist discovers her materia prima in the city’s antique shops, flea markets and private collections. Multi-level metaphors emerge as she enlarges and reactivates outdated, mostly black and white images. She takes risks by painting directly on the original material. Quite often, her experiments in image appropriation alter the atmosphere with a few brushstrokes only. Magazines, film posters and vinyl record covers are turned into allegories or dreams. Female emancipation is being negotiated in an unapologetic way. Mermaids, chess players, beauty queens, cinema and music superstars form an elegant army of women with lust for life and for equal rights. The artist’s approach not only blurs the lines between beauty stereotypes and female empowerment but also breathes new life into the representation of the female body.

Throughout these works, the moon’s shine is omnipresent.

Irini Karayannopoulou assigns new roles to powerful, sensual female figures and reflects on the societal changes that have occurred from the time that these portraits were created to the time she decided to revisit them. Finally, she enables women from a bygone era to transcend time and space with newly obtained identities, and why not, new super powers.