The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, 1 Royal Opera Arcade, St. James's, London SW1Y, UK
The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery are pleased to present “The Contemporary Indigenous”, the third solo show by London based artist Athena Anastasiou. Her luminous and captivating portrait paintings offer revealing insights into the true faces of South America, exploring how ingenious culture and global diversity has influenced present day people.
Through interviews and portraits of many nationalities, along her journey, Athena culminates her own captivating visual interpretation, uniting contemporary people with their native indigenous history. Expect contemporary faces in traditional realism contrasted with bursting modern colours of native print using thick impasto paint and weave. Enter a world where the past meets the present, and we see how South American history has been sewn.
During her ambitious travels to cover South America over a 3 month period, Athena realised that her preconceptions about the influences of global and indigenous cultures on the continent were just waiting to be reimagined. In a journey of discovery, she found vibrant people and society far richer, more diverse and with more of an eclectic spectrum of influence than she imagined. She not only encountered presiding influence from the historical events of the past but also a culture steeped in indigenous faces and traditions that exists to this day.