Tatiana May Kallergi
Artist, Art Educator, Independent Curator.
She stages unique narratives by deconstructing objects to unfamiliar forms and often placing them in dialogue with everyday items. By using recognizable imagery she examines our pre-existing concept of objects and their use. In this way, the "Still Life" is renamed to "A Table of Objects" while other objects attain a new function and status. This exploration is rooted in her interest in semiology and consequently, learning. Knowledge acquisition also becomes a starting point for many of her work, where she aims to re-asses, and sometimes challenge, pre-consisting approaches to learning. She acknowledges holistic values in pedagogy while her art education practice supports a sense of community and collaboration in young learners. The use of embroidery as her primary medium is inviting and familiar which intentionally contradicts the linear, almost architectural, imagery that is depicted. This opposition extends the discussion on embroidery historically being a feminine practice. Drawing is the foundation behind all her work, often assembled and archived in the form of Zines.
She received her BA in Art and Psychology from the University of Reading with an award in Drawing and has attended the Fine Arts programme at the University of Ottawa. She has also completed the programme CAS Curating at the ZHdK (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste), the course "Contemporary Museum Education" by Pratt University and actively furthers her education by attending seminars and talks ('IMA Audience Development'- Stavros Niarchos Foundation, 'Museums as Agents of Change: Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion'-Benaki Museum). She was selected to take part in the Demergon Curatorial exchange programme by NEON Foundation and completed her internship at the Breeder gallery. From 2013-2017 she taught Art at the Extended English programme at HAEF Psychico College Elementary School. She has worked independently on a variety of projects and collaborations with institutions and organisations such as Goethe Institut Athens, ISET and Athens Biennale. As an independent Curator she has curated the exhibition Exodic that took place on the island of Andros (sponsored by NEON), collaboratively curated the exhibition "Curating the Archive - inter/act: New Social Sculptures" at the Kunstmuseum Thun (ZHdK) and co-curated the exhibition Exodic with Angeliki Roussou . Moreover, she has since 2015 been an invited lecturer at the AUOB (Athens University of Economics and Business) on the subject of: "Economics in Contemporary art: In what ways does contemporary art assist in teaching High-school level Economics?" and curated the student exhibition as part of the "Art and Education" conference held at the university. She has participated in group exhibitions in Greece, Switzerland, the UK and Turkey.