According to Thouli Misirloglou: “The work of Lena Athanasopoulou has not to do only with the space of gesture, or space as a dynamic scene, but also with time. This corporality does not relate to the gesture of cutting and pasting […] but pertains instead to the handling of places, of the female body as a human face, of its hidden pathways, of the gaze.“
In her most recent works for the TEMPUS RITUALIS exhibition, Lena Athanasopoulou studies physical rituals between the sexes. Through the blending of female and male body codes, new bodies arise from the in-between. The artist states the following:
“Our present reality is violently involved in a constant and frequent metamorphosis due to social and political changes. If public space is a metaphor for order and the natural landscape is a metaphor for freedom, in a period of crisis, order and freedom meet: they either co-exist or fight against each other.
The protagonist is the Female who either escapes, or owing to need, forces herself out of the domestic environment and becomes, the object of constant metamorphosis. She fights in public space against authority, becomes an activist, claims a continuous presence in social and political life. This Woman does not belong to a specific age group, she belongs to the present.“