Marita Pappa (b. 1988) is a Greek interdisciplinary artist. Drawing from critical theory, her research focuses on art and its critical function, and how artistic practices can assist in active citizenship and provide spaces for cultural resistance.

Her artistic practice explores the relationship between art, the public sphere, and radical democracy. Primarily working in installations, she interweaves contexts of poetry, politics and place through the use of sculpture, text, intervention, sound and moving image. Pappa uses everyday and ephemeral materials in order to create temporary environments where she seeks to find the intimate in the political and the ambiguous terrain between private and public, aesthetics and politics.

Her sculptural installations often refer to historical events with a particular interest in Greek culture and history. Through the process of collecting references and imagery from popular media and philosophy, Pappa aims to re-activate the archives and offer new narratives in an effort to address themes such as civil disobedience, state power and memory.

Education

2020
Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) in Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK

Group Exhibitions

2020
Degree Show (online) - Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
2019
Motherload - House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, UK
Y3 Fine Art Screening - CCA, Glasgow, UK
2018
Feedback Loop - Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
2016
Mediterranean Photography Festival Borders and Crossroads, Crete, Greece
2015
Bitume Photofest 2015, Gallipoli, Salento, Italy
2014
Brighton Photo Biennial, Night Contact Festival, Brighton, UK
Magnum IdeasTap Photographic Award - Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
2012
Athens Photo Festival '12 - Young Greek Photographers - Technopolis, Athens, Greece
Magnum IdeasTap Photographic Award - The Flower Cellars, Covent Garden, London, UK
2010
Athens Photo Festival 2010 - Athens Photo Inspiration - Technopolis, Athens, Greece

Awards

2020
Glasgow School of Art Access Scholarship
2019
Schillizzi Foundation Scholarship
2015
Nominee - Joop Swart Masterclass 2015, World Press Photo
2014
Shortlisted - IdeasTap Photographic Award 2014, Magnum Agency
2012
Shortlisted - Times Young Photographer of the Year 2012
Young Greek Photographers - Athens Photo Festival 2012
Shortlisted - IdeasTap Photographic Award 2012, Magnum Agency

Residencies

2015
Artist in Residence - Bitume Photofest 2015, Salento, Italy