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Sofia Dona

Sofia participated as a Visual Art Fellow for AVR4 (May 2021). Click here to see Sofia’s program.

Sofia Dona is an artist and architect. In 2018 she was awarded with the City of Munich Prize for Architecture and in 2015 with the Fulbright scholarship. Her work is exhibited in various spaces such as the Μunicipal Institute of Art and Culture in Tijuana (2019), the Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbKin Berlin (2017), the Foundation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torinο (2016) and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (2013). In July 2020 she presented the work Macho Sounds/Gender Noise at the Staatsgallerie Stuttgart museum in collaboration with Daphne Dragona. In 2019 she presented her solo exhibition Voyageurs at the Kunstpavillon in Innsbruck, and the site-specific work Applaus at the Munich Central Train Station, in the context of the public art program of the City of Munich. In 2021 she is invited at the Bauhaus Residency Dessau. Since 2018 she is co-curating the Aphrodite* queer-feminist film festival in Athens. As a member of the Errands group, she has participated in exhibitions with projects such as the Epicurean Garden (Matera Cultural Capital, 2019), Summer Ladders (1st Istanbul Design Biennial, 2012) and Transporting Utopia (2nd Athens Biennale, 2009).

“Through a series of works, my artistic practice focuses on site-specific installations, videos and sound works that refer to specific places and each time reveal social, economic, political conditions that have been affecting and transforming those places. Exploring natural and geographical landscapes in the ‘ALTERNATIVE BRENNEROʼ multichannel video installation, connecting and retrieving two important historical events in the ‘APPLAUSʼ sound installation, and reflecting on the San Diego-Tijuana border through the construction of a large-scale door in the project ʼLA PURTA DE LAS CALIFORNIASʼ, all these elements form part of my artistic practice, which connects the space with the actions, the installations and the video documentations. In my works I often use the practice of defamiliarization, where familiar objects and architectural elements are doubled, transferred or scaled, in such a way that they are presented as unknown and different, revealing stories, facts and events. Using
different media each time, my artwork is characterized by the indirect way of revealing and commenting on critically important historical, social, and political conditions, correlating them each time with the specific space in which they occur. Through the years, other practices became part of my work-such as my active involvement in the city in squats and collective initiatives, teaching in various architectural and art schools, curating site-specific projects with invited artists and architects and contributing in the contemporary discussion via writing. All those practices have been embracing the question of what is the responsibility of art and architecture in contemporary times.”

Sofia Dona