Yorgos Petrou (b.1981) is a London based Cypriot British artist. He works with photography, sculpture, moving image, and performance; he trained at the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK. 

 

His practice seeks to examine and analyse geological strata, political and historical events, and to “excavate” elements that it then manipulates, displaces, photographs, and re-photographs to compose imagery that both contributes and responds to the understanding of contemporary identity of a place. The juxtaposition of image and object aims to explore the appropriation of specific locations by personal, cultural, and political discourses. It deals with what connects individuals to those places and how they become sites of memory legend and trauma. In this conceptual context he looks at the human body mythologically, culturally, physically, and emotionally and how it relates to the land; how it can become a site of individuality, hybridisation, sacrifice, heroism, trauma, and dichotomy.

contact: petroudotyorgosatgmaildotcom

selected shows

>I take of places, Solo Exhibition

8-29 February 2020

text by Kiki Mazzucchelli

Kupfer Project Space, London, UK

>(This) precious stone set in the silver sea 

18 January - 6 March 2020

Curated by Aina Pomar

With Irene de Andrés, Erola Arcalís, Inés Cámara Leret, Yorgos Petrou, Stéphanie Saadé, Oscar Santillán + Yoko Ono

Copperfield London, London, UK

>UNFAMILIAR, performance with Victor Esses

16-19 July 2019

CASA Festival

Arcola Theatre, London, UK

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2 May 2019

Fertility Freedom Scratch, Curated by Tian Glasgow

The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, UK

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14 March 2019

The Works, scratch night

The Basement, Brighton Dome

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February & June 2019

Residency at Battersea Arts Centre, London, UK

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Supported by: Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre, The Marlborough theatre, The Pleasance, CASA Festival, The Finnish Institute, Applecart Arts, Cultural Services Cyprus

>Occupy and echo (a stage)

28 November 2019 - 8 February 2020

Curated by Tom Polo

With Lupo Borgonovo, Leila El Rayes + Justine Youssef, George Haddad, Andrew Haining, Pilar Mata Dupont, Nikos Pantazopoulos
Yorgos Petrou, Joanna Piotrowska, Lisa Radford, Charlie Sofo, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Salote Tawale

ReadingRoom, Melbourne, Australia 

>Modern Queer Poets

Poetry collection from Pilot Press, the independent press founded by artist Richard Porter. Selected by both invitation and open call, Modern Queer Poets features contributions from Eileen Myles, Wayne Kostenbaum and CA Conrad among many others, with two covers by the artist Matt Connors.  

>Pivo Research, Artist in Residence

September - December 2018

Pivô, São Paulo, Brasil

>A Real Job is to Make Something

9,10,16,17 March 2018

An AiR project curated by Margot Bannerman and Anna Hart

With Rob Crosse, Rosie Edwards, Mikhail Karikis, Kate Owens, Kate Keara Pelan, Yorgos Petrou, Michael Taiwo, and Ersin Hussein

Lawrence Works, 249-251 West Green Road, London N15 5ED

>A Million Love Songs

16 - 24 February 2018

Curated by Helen Michael and Anastasia Mina

Film screening with Ellie Kyungran Heo, Kineret Lourie, Markus Vater, Sam Williams, Yorgos Petrou,

Christian Jaskolka and Helen Michael

Korai Project Space, Nicosia, Cyprus

>33° 3' 45'' East

23 November - 2 December 2017

Exhibition accompanied by a text by Thomas Frangenberg.  

The Cyprus High Commission London, 13 St James' Square, London, SW1Y 4LB

>Displacement as a State of Mind

16 - 29 October 2017 | Current

Curated by Charis kanellopoulou

With Ioanna Apostolou, Stella Christofi, Lenia Georgiou, Ismini Haholiadou, Stelios Kallinikou, Demetra Kallitsi, Marios Konstantinides, Eleni Mouzourou, Alexandra Pambouka, Yorgos Petrou, Eleni Phyla, Efy Zeniou

Korai Project Space, Nicosia, Cyprus

>Mustafa Hulusi Posters

7 - 14 August 2017

Curated by Mustafa Hulusi

With Dee Ferris, Stefan Bruggemann, Alexandre Da Cunha, Ximena Garrido- Lecca, Leyla Gediz, Edwin Burdis, Guler Ates, Yorgos Petrou, Olivier Richon, Bedwyr Williams, Polys Peslikas

London, UK

>Πλάνητες [Planetes]

28 January 2017- 28 February 2017

Curated by Elena Parpa

With Andreas Angelidakis, Rosa Barba, Inal Bilsel, Andrea Bruno, Banu Cennetoğlu, Savvas Christodoulides, Marianna Christofides, Marianna Constanti, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Haris Epaminonda, Ben Evans and Alkis Hadjiandreou, Eleni Kamma, Lito Kattou, Nurtane Karagil, Lefteris Olympios, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Yorgos Petrou, Re Aphrodite, Efi Savvides, Socratis Socratous, Lefteris Tapas, Marina Xenofontos, Natalie Yiaxi

Cultural Capital of Europe Pafos, Inaugural Events Programme, Pafos, Cyprus

>Cyence Φiction

Vol. 6 August 2017

Curated by Loizos Olympios

With Yorgos Petrou, Stella Voskaridou, Chiaki Kamikawa, Marina Kassianidou, Marina Xenofontos, Giorgos Gerontidis,

Dakis Panayiotou, Theodoulos Polyviou in collaboration with Signe Emma under creative platform blør, Elina Ioannou

>Electric Blue

3 December 2016

Curated by Maria do Carmo M. P. de Pontes & Benjamin Orlow

With Benjamin Orlow, Cristiano Lenhardt, Daniel Shanken, Elena Damiani, Erik Bendix, Yorgos Petrou, Joey Holder, Lu Yang, Molly Palmer, Stefan Sulzer, The Big Head Scientist

Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil

>Points to Emerge From

23 May - 18 June 2016

Artist in Studio & Presentation 

VOLKS, Nicosia, Cyprus

>Jonny

23 October - 19 December 2015

Curated by curated by Gilles Neiens, Lauren Reid, Marie Graftieaux, Nora Mayr 

With Ivan Argote, Nancy Buchanan, Distruktur, Viking Eggeling, VALIE EXPORT,

Sylvie Fleury, Lotte Meret Effinger, Yorgos Petrou, Elisa Pone, Jonnine Standish

Insitu Space for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

>Identalterity: But Still in One Piece

23 June – 30 September 2015

Curated by Theodore Markoglou, Syrago Tsiara, Dimitris Michalaros, Anthi Argyriou, Panagis Koutsokostas,

With Lynda Benglis, Ursula Biemann, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Marianne Darlen Solhaugstrand, Yevgeniy Fiks, Kostis Fokas, Hector de Gregorio, Igor Grubic, David Hockney, Deborah Kelly & Tina Fiveash, Majida, Katerina Athanasopoulou, Marilena Aligizaki, Angeliki Avgitidou, Chiara Bertin, Eva Vei Geromichalou, Marina Genadieve, Fred Koenig, Yorgos Petrou, Trix Rosen, Kelly Skoularioti, Manuel Vason, Khattari, Carlos Motta, Slava Mogutin, Natasha Papadopoulou, Antonis Protopatsis, Wolfgang Tillmans, Boryana Rossa – Oleg Mavromatti, Milica Tomic

5th Biennial of Thessaloniki, Greece

>Motherless Beautiful

16 October 2015

Artist's talk curated by Thomas Kiely

British Museum, London, UK

>Motherless Beautiful

11-13 September 2015

Instagram Project

@the_breeder_gallery, Athens, Greece

>Parlour Symbolique: Freud and Eros

29 January 2015

Late opening event part of public programme accompanying the exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing'

Freud Museum, London, UK

>Bring Your Own Beamer

11 October 2012

Curated by João Laia, London Moving Image Art Fair, London, UK

>The Open West

3 - 31 March 2012

Curated by Lyn Cluer Coleman and Sarah Goodwin,

Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, UK

>Bloomberg New Contemporaries 

23 November 2011 - 12 January 2012

Selectors : Pablo Bronstein, Sarah Jones, Michael Raedecker

With Marie Angeletti, Cornelia Baltes, Joshua Bilton, Sarah Brown, Savinder Bual, David Buckley, Leah Capaldi,Alicja Dobrucka, Tomas Downes, Peles Empire, Katie Goodwin, Kate Groobey, Noel Hensey, Anna Ilsley,Kim Kielhofner, Minae Kim, Se-jin Kim, Sui Kim, Ute Klein, Hyewon Kwon, Hyun Woo Lee, Ian Marshall,Georgina McNamara, Sophie Neury, Rasmus Nilausen, Nick Nowicki, Marco Palmieri, Selma Parlour, George Petrou, Yelena Popova, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Anne Kathrin Schuhmann, Dagmar Schurrer, Alison Stolwood, Jonathan Trayte, Poppy Whatmore, David Ben White, Lisa Wilkens, Samuel Williams, Rafal Zawistowski

ICA, London, UK

>Modern Art Oxford Shorts Program

10 February 2011

An evening of short films to accompany David Austen: End of Love 

Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

>Album

18 September - 17 October 2010

Curated by Morgan Quaintance 

With Greta Alfaro, Johnny Briggs, Rachel Louise Brown, Tom Clarke, Rebecca Court, Emma Critchley, Jenny Ekholm, Kevin Gaffney, Andrew Lacon, Nadege Meriau, Tom Mills, Yorgos Petrou, Tom Pope, Megan Powell, Anne Shuhmann, Vicki Thornton, Hitomi Yoda

Wolstenholme Creative Space, Independents Liverpool Biennial, UK

>Z-time

28 Apr - 9 May 2010

Curated by Mindy Lee and Yelena Popova

Screening to Accompany Exhibition

Era Gallery, Moscow Young Artist Biennial, Moscow, Russia

© All images are copyright Yorgos Petrou. Texts copyright the respective authors.