Dimitra Charamandas combines painting with sculpture and video as well as text fragments and gatherings centred around shared meals. Her work centres on the senses and the tactile. She uses different visual languages to explore the tension between vulnerability and violence, care and abuse. Her curiosity for the interactions of body, mind and psyche under the influence of socio-political and ecological realities is a driving force in her work.
In her paintings, the artist approaches landscapes as a series of bodies: a rugged coastal path tracing the ends of an island; a gentle slope leading to a smoking crater; a body of water separating continents and enabling or preventing the flow of real human bodies. By travelling slowly and observing minute, cyclical changes, Charamandas' practice connects to an ecofeminist worldview that questions a prevailing value system of speed and efficiency in the name of productivity. A politics of care forms the basis of her artistic gatherings, which centre around shared painting times and community exchange. She thus ventures into traditionally nurturing gestures in a context where these are often marginalised or devalued.
Dimitra Charamandas completed an MA in Fine Arts at the Institute Art Gender Natur, Basel in 2022. She previously studied at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (BA of Arts, 2013). She has been a freelance artist since 2013. Her most recent solo exhibitions include Tides, Kunstmuseum Solothurn (2023), Little inlets, Helvetia Art Foyer, Basel (2023), Body of Water, Body of Stone, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo (2022), Do not take me for granite, Ann Mazzotti Gallery, Basel (2022), Bassa Marea, Museo Castello San Materno, Ascona (2022). She has organised food gatherings in Frankfurt, Athens, Chicago, Lucerne and Basel and is co-founder and part of the collectives Espacio Pacha with Irene Trujillo and Quince Collective with Johanna Schaible. Her works can be found in institutional and private collections. She lives and works in Solothurn and Athens.
Origin: Solothurn, Schweiz
Time period: 01.01.2024 - 31.12.2024
Programme type: Visual Arts
Grant type: Travel grant