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Beauty in the Everyday

Ismini Samanidou, GR/GB

Ismini Samanidou will discuss her broad ranging practice and working processes with examples of her portfolio ranging from works for exhibitions, commissions and industry collaborations in both small scale work and extensive installations.
She has maintained a long standing interest in photography as a way of seeing and thinking about the world: evaluating one’s point of view and perception of it. As she records the world around her these photographs become her memory, her story, a personal research project of observations of time and place, space and light. The information she collects captures the impermanence and beauty of the everyday: the ephemeral, transient and incidental but also the relationship between the material and immaterial. 

The photographs remain as pieces of works in themselves or can become a starting point for a weaving, where the image is recreated in a new form and its essence expressed through material.
Weaving holds a fascination as an international language that transcends historical, political and geographical boundaries and brings together people of diverse experience and origin. Although highly rational and mathematical, it brings about a magical transformation of threads into a constructed surface. Something that didn’t previously exist is created: something that carries meaning, tells a story and gives a glimpse of beauty amid the everyday. 

Ismini Samanidou was born in Athens and studied in London at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She now lives and works on the South Coast of England.
Her work has been exhibited internationally with solo shows in the UK and US and was included in the Most Real Thing at the New Art Center (UK), the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art (China) and Le Fil des possibles at L’Espace De L'Art Concret (France). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. She was the first weaver to be invited as artist in residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Ismini is an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins.
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