Christina Tsantekidou Biography:
Christina Tsantekidou’s installations, sculptures and films explore the understanding of human nature through the notions of movement, politics, history, and identity. The conceptual foundation of these works is greatly influenced by periods of tumultuous familial transition— changes born from both necessity and passionate obligation. Having been born in Siberia, intolerable communistic conditions forced a move to Thessaloniki, Greece—the physical and emotional homeland of her father. This rapid relocation introduced many difficult cultural and social shifts, producing feelings of division, loss, and confusion. Later, a transition to Berlin recreated many of these thoughts under distinctly different circumstances. These and other experiences have had great influence on her overall artistic practice, which began and continues to be developed firstly through the written word. By way of this study, philosophical and psychological principles are reflected upon and employed in the creation of her works. This transition from writing to object making and back again has also fostered the reflection and consideration of language, and how we unravel, comprehend, and take action based on our individual interpretations and conclusions. For Tsantekidou, this focus on language and processes of movement—whether geographic, emotional, psychological, philosophical or political—has informed many of the core principles present in her multidisciplinary practice. As such, these concerns manifest themselves in works that are at once deeply personal yet speak to the poetic and symbolic nature of our shared humanistic conditions.
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