Eleni Zachariou


(b. 1996, currently living in London) works across film, animation, sculpture, performance, writing and textiles, having received a BFA from Central Saint Martins. Recent projects include Contact Points Collective Workshops at Tate Modern and Chisenhale Dance Studios, Built at Safehouse 2, and Juniper at Peak Gallery.

    Their work explores liminal states of transition and being in between - often playing into the tensions implicit in their irresolvable nature. A dance between the desire to be seen and the will to obliteration which, absent of the temptation to resolve anything, is navigated via an active refusal they term a methodology of failure (not knowing, forgetting, ignorance, stupidity). In considering more slippery methods for measuring and approximating being, anathema to the trappings of hegemony, of dominant culture, this methodology is rooted elsewhere, in the body - and so the cultural objects and practises that take focus shift frequently. They reject all notion of objective utopia, the idea that anyone might enact the perfect world. Yet, combined with reparative concepts of nostalgia, the suspended state of liminality is used to make space for the proliferation of multiple possibilities absent of social homogeniety, the desire to subsume difference. Centring the body as modus operandi, they are engaged with generating such alternatives and sustaining them. Through forgetting and imagining. Unbuilding and Unlearning. Through imperfection.

Contact


︎ eleniazachariou@gmail.com     
︎ @cgi_tallgirl ︎ @zxchariou


Education


2016-20    BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, UAL, London, UK

2015-16    Foundation in Art and Design, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Birmingham, UK

Exhibitions, Talks and Workshops


2020
Burnt Out, Open Studios, Central Saint Martins, London
BUILT, Safehouse 1, Peckham, London
Contact Point: Sound Collective, Peak Gallery, Elephant and Castle, London
Contact Points: Sound Collective, Tate Modern, London

2019
Waiting, Open Studios, Central Saint Martins, London
Contact Points: Slime Intentions, Chisenhale Dance Studios, London
Luva Licks: [Inter]Dependence and the Artist Run Space (Guest Speaker),  LUVA Gallery, London
Juniper, Peak Gallery, Elephant and Castle, London
Contact Points, London

2018
For The Record, Calthorpe Project, Kings Cross
The Doll Hospital, Tate Modern, London
Annette Messager, Central Saint Martins, London
Reject/Resist, The Old Police Station, Lewisham, London
After the Watershed, The Old Police Station, Lewisham, London