Marianne Strapatsakis, Invisible Places / The Vast White, (Video-installation), 2008

Marianne Strapatsakis – Invisible Places / The Vast White

Artist of the Month

Athens Conservatoire - Mezzanine

Opening up the series Every Month to important works by Greek Artists outside of its collection, ΕΜST will inaugurate on the 29th of March the video installation Invisible Places / The Vast White, 2008 by Marianne Strapatsakis.

Marianne Strapatsakis’ work Invisible Places / The Vast White, 2008 completes and summarizes the Birth-Life-Death trilogy that begun two decades earlier, in 1989, with the video installation The Phantasms of the Mediterranean or The Reflections of the Past and continued with Secret Passages / Lavrion, 1997. With these three immersive video installations the artist is dealing with primal questions, drawing from the philosophical thought of Heraclitus and ancient Greece.

The three screens of the installation are dominated by a white clad female figure played by the German actress Katharina Thalbach. Initially focusing on the face, the video presents her through a sequence of emotional and bodily states, like childbirth pains, pleasure, anger and agony while at the same time, the two adjunct screens display images that link those human passions to the life cycles of animal and plant life and also to geological and meteorological phenomena. These strong images are accompanied by imposing music by Andreas Mniestris.

Curated by Stamatis Schizakis


She begun her studies at the Athens Technological Institute. In 1969, with a 5 years scholarship from the Academy of Athens she continued her studies on painting and drawing in Paris, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts parallel to her studies of Art history at the Ecole du Louvre and of Plastic Arts at Université Paris 1 in Sorbonne. She also attended seminars by Roland Barthes, Rene Huyghe, Paul Lemerle and Michel Foucault at College de France. Marianne Strapatsakis has presented thirty-one solo exhibitions in Greece, France, the UK, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Chile. She has participated in fifty-two group exhibitions organized in Greece, as well as in a number of venues across Europe, America and Asia. She has also worked as the Art Director of “Archeology and the Arts” magazine, published by Lambrakis Press from 1981 to 2010. Since 2004 she has been teaching at the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University, where she was elected Associate Professor in April 2009. Works by the artist are to be found in the collections of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the National Art Gallery & Alexander Soutzos Museum, the Andros Museum of Contemporary Art, the Rethymnon Center for Contemporary Art, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Thessaloniki Museum Byzantine Culture, as well as in private collections in France, Switzerland and the USA. She lives and works in Athens and Corfu.