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The Breeder Gallery presents Ariana Papademetropoulos’ solo show ‘Just Like Arcadia’

October 25 – November 30

Artist’s new body of work, highlights and explores the way the natural becomes mediated and conceptualized through domestication, locating interiority as a key in understanding the process in which mythologies and histories are created and perpetuated. Throughout the gallery found furniture which looks to be sinking into the floor, is staged in front of large paintings where strange figures emerge from decorative interiors. The paintings are both revelatory and interruptive, as more seems to be revealed the less becomes clear. A transformation is occurring but the end result is not revealed.

A film in the lower gallery showcases the artist floating in a bed in the ocean, the comfort of thebed is counteracted by its displacement and the abyss which lies below, the boundaries of thedomestic become tested in its new landscape. In the entry, an antique buffet decorated with columns and wood carvings shows a hunting scene where a dove has just been shot from the sky. As the furniture sinks into the floor, the program of the carving shifts, a scene of conquest becomes ambiguous as both hunter and hunted come to share the same fate.

Athens is a city of resuscitation, a place where what has been buried has been dug out and made to exist alongside the living. The ghost of a previous city haunts the newly erected reminding it of its impermanence. Like Arcadia is a utopia that is aware of its placeless nature, somewhere that has resided in between for so long it may not have a destination at all.


Ariana Papademetropoulos (b. 1990 Pasadena, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles, California, and is of Greek and Argentinean descent. Papademetropoulos completed her BFA at California Institute of the Arts in 2012 and also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. “Just like Arcadia” is Ariana Papademetropoulos first solo show with The Breeder in Athens.


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