Polixeni Papapetrou

(Australia )

Polixeni Papapetrou

Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was also an amateur photographer whose images of children intrigue and sometimes offend contemporary spectators. Angela Grossmann (Canada) and Polixeni Papapetrou (Australia), have reimagined Alice from their perspectives as artists and mothers. Grossmann combines vigorous drawing with photographic portraits in collage. Papapetrou photographs her daughter, Olympia, reenacting Carroll’s images of Victorian innocence.

Polixeni Papapetrou lives in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a BA/LLB from the University of Melbourne (1984) and an MA (Media Arts) from RMIT University (1997). She is a PhD candidate in fine arts at Monash University, also in Melbourne. Her work explores themes of identity and representation of childhood. It has been widely exhibited in Australia and internationally in more than twenty solo exhibitions and fifty group shows and is represented in collections throughout Australia and in the United States. Some eighty articles, essays, and critical reviews have addressed her work. She has received grants from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria, and she holds an Australian Postgraduate Award.

Maison de la culture Plateau-Mont-Royal
465 Mont-Royal East
(514) 872-2266
After Alice: Angela Grossmann and Polixeni Papapetrou
September 2 – 25, 2005
Tuesday to Thursday 1:00-7:00pm, Friday to Sunday 1:00-5:00pm
Opening Friday September 9, 2005 at 5:00pm, Polixeni Papapetrou will be present

Polixeni Papapetrou, Pepper Soup (2003), from the series Wonderland (2003-2004). Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney