Working primarily in drawing , painting and sculpture, Marianna Ignataki’s practice enables her to enter a vague, subliminal world, filled with images of her own mythology. Her work ranges from minimalistic scenes and portraits to exaggerated, kitsch, Rococo inspired compositions.
It explores themes of identity and the perception of self, the other side; a dream that turns to nightmare, the attraction to terror, the fascination with carnival, the freedom and the ambiguous feelings provoked by the use of masks. The works are mainly anthropocentric, with female or ambiguously-gendered protagonists that resemble witches, animals or hybrids. Often, an unspecified – or even perversive – eroticism is implied, one that does not concern sexuality in the sense of sexual act but the mental state of erotic desire; our instincts, or a hidden dark side. These vague, surrealistic scenes, play with the notion of the absurd and combine seemingly heterogeneous elements which are subtly linked through compositional elements. By adding unexpected details with a sense of dark humor, the initial meaning of seemingly normal scenes is inverted or perverted, resulting to ironic, bizarre and grotesque situations.

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Marianna Ignataki (b.Thessaloniki 1977)
Lives between Germany, Greece and China
Currently based in Berlin, Germany

Education
2003
: French State Visual Art Scholarship
2001-2003 : DNSEP (National Superior Diploma of Plastic Art Studies), École supérieure d’art et design de Saint-Étienne, Saint-Etienne, France
1998-2001 : DNAP (National Diploma of Plastic Art Studies), École supérieure d’art et design de Saint-Étienne, Saint-Etienne, France
1996-1997 : BA Architecture, Technische Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria

Solo exhibitions
2019
In a deep, dark forest they were braiding the beards of parrots in love
CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery, Athens, Greece
2018
In a deep, dark forest they were braiding the beards of parrots in love, Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki, Alatza Imaret, Thessaloniki, Greece
2017
Josie, the Armor and the Hairman, CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery, Athens, Greece 2012
2012
The End of Magic, Outpost Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011
Sphinx, Fake Space gallery, Beijing, China, curated by Meng Jin
2009
This Joke Ain’t Funny Anymore, Zina Athanasiadou gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece, curated by Apostolos Kalfopoulos
2008
Coitus Interruptus (double solo show), Public Room Project Space, Skopje, F.Y.R.O.M, curated by Marina Athanassiadou
2004
Marianna Ignataki, Fleming gallery in collaboration with Lola Nikolaou gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece, curated by Thalea Stefanidou

Group exhibitions
2019
Homeostasis, Heit, Berlin, Germany, curated by Frontviews
Overview Effect: Encountering the Cosmos, Thessaloniki International Film Festival main exhibition, MOMUS Experimental Center for the Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece, curated by Orestis Andreadakis
Am I that name or that image, MoCA Skopje, curated by Syrago Tsiara
Athens Photo Festival 2019, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
What is Eros, MOMUS Experimental Center for the Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece, curated by Eirini Papakonstantinou
2018
Art Athina, CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery, Athens, Greece
Of Death And Other Demons, CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery, Athens, Greece
2015
Kenophobia, CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery, Athens, Greece
Reverse the Perspective: An Exhibition of Foreign Artists in China, Xiangsi Art Museum, Tianjin, China, curated by Tang Zehui
2014
Superfold, Intelligentsia gallery, Beijing, China, curated by Garcia Francowski
China Art Industry Expo, Song Zhuang Art Center, Tongzhou, Beijing, China
Dialog between Chinese and international artists, Taihang-Huang shan, Renmin University Museum, Beijing, China Eagerland, Yan Huang Art Museum, Beijing, China
Temptation, Showroom Caochangdi, Beijing, China
Pan Rooms, Pantocrator-La Pan gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Visiting Artists Open Studios, 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, USA
2013
Zina Athanassiadou gallery artists at the MET, Thessaloniki, Greece
Swab, Pantocrator gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Empty Vanity, part of CYAP Theme Exhibition, Galaxy Soho, Beijing, China
On Paper, Showroom, Caochangdi, Beijing, China
2012
Amsterdam Showcase, Pantocrator gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Berliner Liste, Pantocrator gallery, Berlin, Germany
Swab, Pantocrator gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Women’s lines, Pantocrator-La Pan gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2011
Beijing Design Week, Beijing, China 2010
La Surprise, La Surprise studio, Paris, France, curated by Theo Gennitsakis
2009
The Beautiful is just the first degree of the Terrible, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, curated by Apostolos Kalfopoulos
Art Athina, Zina Athanassiadou gallery, Athens, Greece
2008
Women only- Leonidas Beltsios collection, Margaris Foundation, Amfilochia, Greece, curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis. Neoerotica Boudoir Street stories, Margaris Foundation, Amfilochia, Greece and Action Field Kodra -08, Thessaloniki, Greece, curated by Eleni Garoufalia
Art Athina, Zina Athanassiadou gallery, Athens, Greece
13. Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Bari, Italy
2007
Fresco and salty 03, Margaris Foundation, Amfilochia, Greece and Action field Kodra-07, Parallel Program of the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, curated by Areti Leopoulou.
2006
Ρέον Ύδωρ (Flowing Water), Telloglion Foundation of Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
2005
Οι Αρχόμενοι (The Beginners), Loraini Alimantiri Gazon Rouge gallery, Athens, Greece
Action field Kodra-05 (Thessaloniki, Greece)
2004
Art Athina, Loraini Alimantiri Gazon Rouge gallery, Athens, Greece
2003
Open studios 02, Moni Lazariston, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, curated by Sania Papa
Action field Kodra-03, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Self-portrait, winners of the Self-portrait competition, organized by Rotary club Saint-Etienne est, La Serre, Saint Etienne, France
2002
Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale, Chateau des Brunneaux, Firminy, France

Residencies – Workshops
2014
Art Talk in the Taihang mountains, Workshop, organized by the National Academy of Painting of China, the Art News platform Art China and the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China.
2014
Artist in Residence at the 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, USA

Marianna Ignataki is represented by CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery, Athens www.can-gallery.com