New scholarship holder in the Trittau water mill

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Collages and paintings: New scholarship holder in the Trittau water mill

Trittau.The artist Despoina Pagiota replaced Judith Kisner as the 31st scholarship holder on May 1st in the Trittauer Wassermühle. During her time at the water mill, Pagiota will explore the relationship between contemporary urban landscape and consumerism.

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She already has plans for her year in Trittau. “Living in Trittau for a year will help me to break out of the urban landscape I am familiar with. I would like to interact with the environment and the town of Trittau and I am excited to see how my work will develop in this environment,” she says. A series of self-made artist books is planned, in which she would like to integrate parts of her collages and drawings. She also plans to continue a series of large format paintings she is currently working on.

Torn posters and oil paint

The raw material for Despoina Pagiota’s pictures are torn posters. Applied to the canvas, she reformulates the fragments with their distinctive tear marks, serial numbers, printing grids and advertising details taken out of context. On medium and large format canvases, the collected pieces are mixed with oil paints, spray paint and screen printing by Pagiota into a mass of pigments and pixels.

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Despoina Pagiota, born in 1994, grew up in Greece. She has been studying in Hamburg at the University of Fine Arts since 2014 and completed her studies with a Master of Fine Arts. She presented her work in various exhibitions in Germany and abroad and was awarded the Schües Art Foundation’s young talent promotion and travel grants in 2020.

Scholarship for over 30 years

For more than 30 years, the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Stormarn has been offering a one-year residency grant for visual artists. Everyone with a completed artistic degree who lives and works in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is addressed. Further information: www.galerie-wassermuehle-trittau.de.

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