Born in Athens in 1962, she studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1980-1986) under Yannis Moralis and Dimitris Mytaras and mosaic under Yannis Kolefas. Since 1987 she has been member of the teaching staff of ASFA in the Department of Mosaic. In 1999 she was appointed Lecturer in Mosaic. In 2005 she was appointed Assistant Professor of ASFA, in the Department of Mosaic. There are works by Daphne Angelidou in public and private collections, museums and art galleries in Greece, England, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Cyprus. She lives and works in Athens, Greece.
- 2009 Passers-by, Zalokosta 7 Gallery, Athens
- 2005 Passing by, Zalokosta 7 Gallery, Athens
- 2002 Mosaics and pictures, Art Space 24, Athens
- 2000 Area surveys, Zalokosta 7 Gallery, Athens
- 1996 Dream cities and windows, Terracotta Gallery, Thessaloniki
- 1996 Dream cities, Zalokosta 7 Gallery, Athens
- 1994 Her cold silver, Art Space 24, Athens
- 1992 Ora Arts Centre, Athens
- 1988 Angathi Gallery, Athens
- 1986 Angathi Gallery, Athens
Group Exhibitions (selection)
- 2009 Encounter, Art Space 24, Athens
- 2009 Histories of landscape - from tradition to sustainability, St Mark's Basilica, Heraklion, Crete / Aerides Baths, Plaka, Athens (curated by Louisa Karapidaki)
- 2009 Greek art today, 2009: eight contemporary artists, Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London (curated by G. Stathopoulos)
- 2009 "Greek artists for human rights, Municipal Cultural Centre, Athens
- 2008 Art on the front page: Athens' voice, New Benaki, Athens
- 2008 Centre for Contemporary Greek Art, Thessaloniki
- 2008 Sketching Solomos, Moschandreou Museum, Missolonghi (curated by Iris Kritikou)
- 2008 Experiencing Greece: travels through an enchanted landscape, House of Greece, Greek Consulate, Beijing, China (curated by Iris Kritikou)
- 2008 Greek Consulate (Ex SS. Cosmas and Damian Convent), Venice
- 2008 Greek art today: eight contemporary artists, Belgravia Gallery, London (curated by G.Stathopoulos)
- 2008 Group exhibition. Art Space 24, Athens
- 2008 Artists on Lesvos, Loutro (Old Market), Mytilene, organized by the Municipality of Mytilene and the Peritechnon Gallery, Athens
- 2008 Material links (curated by Liana Skourli, Iris Kritikou, Diana Freundi)
- 2008 MoCA, Shanghai, China
- 2008 Greek artists for human rights, Skoufa Gallery
- 2008 Technopolis (The Old Gasworks), Athens
- 2007 Unfair ’07, Athens Art Centre. Athens Imperial / Macedonia Palace, Thessaloniki
- 2007 Daphne Angelidou, Marilitsa Vlachaki, Kostas Papanikolaou, Ianos Bookshop, Athens
- 2007 Aspects of form - Hallmarks of landscape: Greek artists from the Hadjioannou Collection, Municipal Art Gallery, Chania, Crete
- 2007 Greek art today: twelve contemporary artists. Belgravia Gallery, London (curated by G. Stathopoulos)
- 2007 In Praise of the Olive, SPAP Conference Centre, Ancient Olympia
- 2007 The fine arts on the side of hope: II, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens (curated by Takis Mavrotas)
- 2007 Birthplace, Benaki Museum, Athens (curated by Iris Kritikou)
- 2007 Palamas, Children's Hospital. Great Hall, Athens University
- 2007 ...to the children with love, Peritechnon Gallery, Athens
- 2007 Art objects, Zalokosta 7 Gallery, Athens
- 2006 In the colours of the rainbow Arts Centre, Freedom Park, Athens (curated by Iris Kritikou)
- 2006 In Praise of the Olive, Greek Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens (curated by L. Karapidaki and Ekaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki)
- 2006 A festival of mosaics, Orange Door Gallery, Paros (jointly with the
Municipality of Paros)/ Fish & Olive Gallery, Halki, Naxos
- 2006 In Praise of the Olive, United Nations Building, New York
- 2006 Achievements of the Zosimas family, 2006, and Benefaction, Zosimaia Teaching Institute, Yannina
- 2006 Cow Parade, Athens
- 2006 Once upon a time there was a woman called Penelope Delta..., Greek-American Educational Institute, Athens College
- 2006 The ALPHA BANK Collection: Greek art, 1920 to today, Macedonian Museum of Modern Art, Thessaloniki
- 2006 Greek art at its finest, Artphilo Gallery, at the Hellenic Centre, London
- 2006 Group exhibition, Gallery 7, Athens
- 2005 Masks and guises, Peritechnon Gallery, Athens
- 2005 At table, Skoufa Gallery, Athens (curated by Iris Kritikou)
- 2005 Sight and touch, Atrion, Thessaloniki (curated by Harris Kambouridis)
- 2004 World of the Olive, Theophilos Museum, Mytilene (curated by Athina Schina and Olga Mentzafou-Polyzou)
- 2004 World of the Olive, St Mark's Basilica, Heraklion, Crete, organized by the Municipality of Heraklion & the Vikelas Municipal Library, Crete
- 2004 In Praise of the Olive, Great Hall of the Greek Academy, Athens (curated by Iris Kritikou, Louisa Karapidaki and Flavia Nessi Giazitzoglou)
- 2004 Aigina Jugs, Fibre canvas, History & Folklore Museum, Aigina (curated by Iris Kritikou)
- 2003 Achievements of the Zosimas family, 2003, Ic-Kale Castle, Yannina
- 2003 Coup de Coeur, Athens Art Room (curated by Evgenia Alexaki)
- 2003 Playing with Time, Art Space 24, Athens
- 2002 Playing with Time, Art Space 24, Athens
- 2002 30 x 40 cm, Athens Art Room, Athens
- 2001 Windows to the World, Technopolis, Athens
- 2001 First Triennale of Greek Engraving, Pieridis Art Gallery, Athens
- 2000 Jams, Painting, sculpture, multimedia, Lithography Works, Piraeus St, Athens
- 2000 Art Athina 2000, with Zalokosta 7 Gallery, Helexpo Building, Athens
- 1997 Urban landscape, Eirmos Gallery, Thessaloniki
- 1997 Group exhibition (curated by Athena Schina)
- 1997 Focusses of the look, Contemporary Arts Centre,Larisa (curated by Athena Schina)
1997 Post-It Art, Intercontinental Hotel, Athens/ Vilka Art Forum, Thessaloniki
- 1997 The Future, Palamas Building (University of Athens), Athens Cultural Centre
- 1997 Focusses of the look, Greek Foreign Ministry & Belgian Ministry of Culture
- 1996 More or less square, Zalokosta 7 Gallery, Athens
- 1996 Lithography as an expressive plastic medium, Peritechnon Gallery, Athens
- 1995 The Box, Art Space 24, Athens
- 1992 Honoris causa, Ora Arts Centre, Athens
- 1988 Collaborators' retrospective Angathi Gallery, Athens
- 1986 Group exhibition by graduates of ASFA Painting Workshop 1, Athens Conservatory
- 1986 Group exhibition by ASFA graduates, Goulandris Museum of Modern Art, Andros
When Lautréamont wrote, in the Chants de Maldoror,1 of "the beauty of an umbrell' s chance meeting with a sewing-machine on a dissecting table", he automatically turned the issue of love into an issue of death. The umbrella is assigned, symbolically, a male content; the sewing-machine, a female content. Their ‘encounter on a dissecting-table’ indicates a meeting leading to death2. Thus the enjoyment of beauty is turned into a death-lust. It is a procedure that belongs in the context of the machines célibataires, the ‘bachelor machine’, so we are told by the 1976 Paris Exhibition of the same name. The name is due to Marcel Duchamp’s painting Le Grand Vitre; it refers to the gradual mechanization of humankind, and hence to its isolation (‘bachelor’) and its death in the clutch of industrial civilization. The machine célibataire is consequently defined as "a fantastic icon turning love into a mechanics of death"3.
This was one of several thoughts that crossed my mind as I stood in front of Daphne Angelidou’s paintings – taciturn works, works of isolation and seclusion.
Angelidou shows us city streets where the dominant colour is gray, with some shades of ochre on the walls of the houses. These are chill, squared-off space, the vanishing-point of the perspective lifting upwards rather in the Byzantine manner, as if to make it harder for the people to walk along. It is a device that turns the whole work into a stage set maquette, where people turn into signs of people, into anthropomorphic bits of paper pasted on to the maquette. Here and there are vulnerable beings, genuine ‘unmarried machines’, grayish and in a pose that enacts, without actually being, movement – as though a magic wand had suddenly frozen everything where it stood. The ensemble simultaneously suggests both waiting for reincarnation and waiting for life.
All these forms are holding an umbrella, the most colourful element in the pictures and the most lively, until we remember that now we even paint our dead.
With movement frozen, the forms give the impression that the umbrella is a fixed accessory of theirs; that it exists only thanks to the momentary event of rain, which likewise turns into a fixed and lasting state. Only, the umbrella now loses its male identity. It is made feminine. The straight part of the grip loses its phallic quality and is covered entirely by the femininity of the bend, by the curved and hollow thing which it normally covers and contains. When in place, virtually the whole of the head and face are covered. These umbrellas make the space colourful, more cheerful and kinetic. Only, the cheerfulness builds on a stealthy and dominant grief. It is under a constantly protective umbrella that people appear, showing modern man’s constant need for cover and protection, and hence the omnipresence of a threat. The threat is prima facie from the rain and from nature, which is to say from themselves, as nature and as body, and by the same token from the Other. They are threatened by encounter with the Other and remain on their own, surrendering their human rights to cover and protection. The umbrellas, more real, take the place of the human being and dance over the wimpish ‘living dead’, relishing their triumph. They prevent earth and sky from mating, poking in between them. They prevent the great generative get-together, but at the same time are a symbol of a colourful and apparently happy maternal protectiveness that prevents the meeting with the father. In the old days the sky was a man and earth was a woman, as too were the cities. Where the get-together happens, where the umbrella is absent, there the fruit is. In Angelidou’s paintings it is the trees, free in an upward direction, that get the serenest and most natural hues.
The one and only hope is the umbrella that the wind sweeps along, yellow as the anxiously-awaited lifegiving sun.
The streets apart, Angelidou takes us to the café, a space likewise indicative of human seclusion, to the traditional male public space that women remain outside, the glass windows of the façade turning it into a miserable screen as of a shadow theatre.
At the far end of one café, there is somebody making a phone call, in the safety of being distant and not present in the body. At another there is somebody outside reading a newspaper that (like the umbrella) covers the reader’s whole head. Here the passive reading of events stands in for the human reader’s active involvement. Next to one of these readers sits a blind man, giving the ironic and at the same time tragic impression that they are one and the same person.
Here I shall end my brief furore and end with a painting that for me holds, with an air of metaphysics, the germ of an answer to the questions posed above. It does so because the work as a whole is instinct with hesitation, doubt, indecision, and questioning. Thus it potentially contains a kinetic quality; nothing here is as yet done and dusted.
A person is standing with an umbrella of blue – the colour of spirituality, of the air, of the mind, of thought – rooted to the ground almost as much as the tree nearby, and with a body containing in posse both genders. This she or he is standing perplexed in front of the door of a house: the door is open but obscure, murky almost. Further to the right is a lighted window at which a second human figure appears in a pose suggesting relaxation and waiting. Under the tree is a table with a tablecloth of red - the colour of blood and life, a revolutionary colour – dominated by an air of impatience for a feast to begin. Almost it might be waiting for the encounter of the two humans. Here the table is no longer a dissecting-table, but potentially a festive board for the awaited, but how alarming, encounter.
We are only a step from the moment when the spell that had frozen the world into immobility is lifted so that everything can come to life. We are, that is to say, at the threshold; also the human being is gazing at the door, which is the door of life itself. The meaning of life is not "given"; instead, we are called on to create it.
Andreas Ioannidis Art Historian, Athens School of Fine Arts