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The Consulate General of Greece in New York is pleased to announce the opening of “Monitoring Solitude 2.0”, an art exhibit by Mania Efstathiou, on Thursday February 7th, 2019, at 6:00-7:30 pm, at its premises.

In her 6th solo exhibition, Mania Efstathiou presents a body of mixed media artwork created in the past three years. The theme of this work is the profound loneliness in both the human experience and the space that surrounds it. Mania Efstathiou points out the absence of the Other accentuated in void interiors and fractured or distorted urban landscapes. Her medium is a combination of traditional painting, drawing, and photographic material from her personal archive fused together in digital prints. Referencing the desolate realism of Edward Hopper, she creates imposing compositions which integrate the Metaphysical with the Realistic. She introduces the viewer to silent, fogbound environments, where the human figure is visually present or implied.

Mania Efstathiou was born in Athens, Greece in 1962. She studied Medicine and specialized in Nuclear Medicine in Thessaloniki where she worked in hospitals and medical laboratories. She then graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Thessaloniki and ever since she has been working as a full-time artist. She has had five solo exhibitions in Greece and has participated in numerous group ones in Europe and Asia.

Lena Verdeli, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University will reflect upon Efstathiou’s work in a keynote lecture titled “The Universal Bond of Separateness”.

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