Approved: 16.08.2006

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Hadzi-Vasileva is a site-specific/installation artist working across varied media including sculpture, video and sound installations, photography and architectural interventions. She produces ambitious and complex works by responding to the particularities of a given location, be it in terms of industry, community or (natural) environment.
Her work offers the viewer an expansive sensory experience

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  • Location: Brighton, South East
 

Biography

Hadzi-Vasileva is a site-specific/installation artist working across varied media including sculpture, video and sound installations, photography and architectural interventions. She produces ambitious and complex works by responding to the particularities of a given location, be it in terms of industry, community or (natural) environment. Her work offers the viewer an expansive sensory experience in terms of scale, fragility and physicality. The use of materials from the 'natural' world (such as trees, water, fish, bones, animal skins, watercress and butter), make smell—commonly associated with memory—an active part of experiencing her installations. Rather than relying on established practice and mediums with which Hadzi-Vasileva is familiar with, new methods and procedures are developed for each work, using materials linked to the specific environments. While this is challenging and occasionally highly risky, it encourages her to propel her ideas forward into new avenues and makes each artwork unique, while also offering the opportunity for surprise and astonishment in both herself and the audience. Unencountered spaces and the exploration of these are an integral part of Hadzi-Vasileva's work, through which she aspires for a resonance with a fable or fairly story, a suggestion of promised Arcadias or Utopias which are unattainable, thereby hoping to encourage a sublime experience for the visitor.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1998 - MA in Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London 1996 - BA (Hons) in Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland Solo exhibitions 2011 - Inherent Beauty, Museum and Galleries Kavadarci, Kavadarci, Macedonia 2010 - Inherent Beauty, Public Room, Skopje, Macedonia 2009 - Motectum, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester 2008 - Butterflies in the Stomach, L'H du Siege, Valenciennes, France 2008 - We are Shadows, Unit 2 Unit 2 Whitechapel , London 2006 - Time Stands Still, 1916 & 1991-2001, Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin, Ireland 2002 - re|sort, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton 2000 - WHO AM I, ArtSway, Sway, New Forest, Hampshire Group exhibitions 2011 - Compulsive, Obsessive, Repetitive, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne 2010 - Spitalfields Sculpture Prize Shortlist, Allen & Overy, London 2009 - Climate Change = Culture Change, Swiss Embassy and The World Bank, Skopje, Macedonia 2009 - Lastari , Cifte Amam, National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia 2008 - Skin and Texture, UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield 2007 - New Forest Pavilion – Local & ArtSway + 10, Artsway, Sway, New Forest, Hampshire 2007 - Meeting Place, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth 2007 - Meeting Place, Text+Work, The Gallery, Arts Institute at Bournemouth, Bournemouth 2006 - Berwick Film and Media Arts Minifest , Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed 2005 - New Forest Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 2005 - Urban Condition Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland 2004 - Crossovers Watershed II , Ecology Centre, Mile End Park, London Residencies 2011 - Artist in Restaurant, Pied a Terre, London 2008 - One year residency, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester 2007 - Grande Residency, L'H du Siege, Valenciennes, France 2006 - Spike Island, Sirius Art Centre, Cork, Ireland 2005 - Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 2000 - epidermis, Berwick Fellowship 2000-2001, Berwick upon Tweed Public commissions 2010 - Raison D'etre, Southgate Project, Bath 2010 - Transpire, St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol 2006 - Weather Cycle, Felixstowe Coastal Defence Commission, Suffolk County Council 2004 - Life Cycle, Knowle West Health Park, Bristol 2002 - Re|sort , Fabrica Gallery, Brighton 2002 - Road to Nowhere, The Samling Foundation, Kielder Forest, Northumberland 2001 - Sweet Red, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds Projects 2007 - Braziers Workshop 2007, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire 2000 - Ambush, Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, New Forest Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, South East 2009 - Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, South West 2009 - STEP Beyond Mobility Fund, European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2002 - The Pollock-Krasner Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA 2001 - Jerwood Sculpture Prize, The Jerwood Gallery, London