Athena Papadopoulos

Selected Works

The Smurfette

Athena Papadopoulos

28 April – 03 June, 2017

Unit 4 Huntingdon Estate, Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6JU


Athena Papadopoulos

09 – 19 October, 2014

Room 322, The Landmark Hotel, London, NW1 6JQ


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Born in 1988 in Toronto, CA.

Lives and works in London, UK.


2011 - 2013

MFA Fine Art Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK

2006 - 2011

BFA Contemporary Art Theory and Visual Art, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA

Solo Exhibitions


The Apple Nun, Liebaert Projects, Kortrijk, BE

Holy Toledo, Takotsubo!, curated by CURA., Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, PT

A Tittle-Tattle-Tell-A-Tale Heart, Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK


The Smurfette, Emalin, London, UK

Belladonna’s Muse, CURA Basement, Rome, IT


Wolf Whistles, featuring a collaboration with Monster Coat Club, Shoot the Lobster, New York, NY, US


Rancho Rat-King-Cougar, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, DE

Zabludowicz Invites: Athena Papadopoulos, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK


Honeymoon in Pickle Paradise, Emalin at The Landmark Hotel, London, UK

OUT COLD, OTHER Projects, Berlin, DE


Hair Piece, Canada Line Public Art, King Edward Station, Canada Line, Vancouver, CA

Group Exhibitions


The Condition of Being Addressable, The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Los Angeles, CA, US (forthcoming)


My Flannel Knickers, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY, US

INCORPOREA #02, CURA Basement, Rome, IT

Nine Lipped Goddess, Project Artbeat, Tbilisi, GE

Crepuscolo, Bastione Sangallo, Loreto, IT

Touch Me: Nudes from the Miettinen Collection, Miettinen Collection, Berlin, DE

Shaking the Habitual, Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Braga, PT

Bella come una tartaruga, Fondazione Rocco Guglielmo, Bologna, IT


Uno, Allegra Projects, St. Moritz, CH

Sculpture-Lampe, Soft Opening, London, UK

Abstract Sex. We don’t have any clothes, only equipment, curated by Guido Costa and Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, JANA, Turin, IT

Place Vendôme, Berthold Pott, Cologne, DE

World Receivers, curated by Tiffany Zabludowicz, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK


From the Inside Out, Drawing Room, London, UK

The Marvelous Cacophony, 57th October Salon, curated by Danielle Kvaran and Gunnar B. Bvaran, Belgrade, RS

Lia Pasqualino Noto, Casa Studio, Palermo, IT

TO DIE FOR, Castiglioni Fine Arts, Milan, IT


The Diviners, curated by Marina Roy and Phil McCrum, Audain Art Centre, Vancouver, CA

Amours Courtoises, Galerie Sultana, Paris, FR

A Screen of Flesh, COMA Gallery, Sydney, AU

Summer Show, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, SE

Millenial Feminisms, L’Inconnue, Montreal, CA

Le Nouveau Voyeurisme, Hotel Contemporary, Milan, IT


Streams of Warm Impermanence, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK

Wild Style, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE

Bloody Life, in collaboration with Supportico Lopez and Herald St., Herald St. London, UK

From Transhuman to South Perspectives, curated by Emmanuelle Luciani and Charlotte Cosson, ROWING, London, UK


Natural Instincts, curated by Samuel Leunenberger, Les Urbaines, Lausanne, CH

tc: temporary contemporary, Bass Museum of Art – Collins Park, Miami Beach, FL, USA

K HOLE, 6817 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dear Luxembourg (Yours Bucktoothed Grl), Nosbaum Reding, LU


Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London, UK; and World Museum, Liverpool, UK

AWAY, Sunset Terrace, Vancouver, CA


Push and Paint, Touch and Display, Vitrine Gallery, London, UK

Goldsmiths MFA Graduation Exhibition, The Pool, London, UK

The Idiot of Nature, Koerner Library Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, CA


LumpSum, with Derrick Jefferies, the invisible line, London, UK

PACT, S.1, London, UK

Kill the Lollipop, ARTHOUSE, London, UK


HEADING, with Justin Worhaug Frederick, L/D’s Project Space, Vancouver, CA

Effects become Causes, University of British Columbia, AHVA Gallery, Vancouver, CA


SNAP! 2010 Preview, Aids Committee of Toronto group fundraiser, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, CA

girls girls girls, with Holly Parmley, AMS Gallery, Vancouver, CA

Awards / Further Projects


Cerrajeria, Lock Up International, Mexico City, MX  (city-wide site specific installation)

Max Mara Art Prize, Whitechapel, London x Collezione Marmotti, IT (Shortlist)


Metaforms, curated by Nicholas Baume, New York Collins Park, Miami Beach, FL, US (outdoor and site-specific installations)

2014 - 2015

Peter Lloyd Lewis Studio Award, Chisenhale Art Place, UK


British Columbia Arts Council, Fine Art Scholarship for postgraduate studies, CA


Snap Stars, Aids Committee of Toronto, auction proceeds to AIDS research, CA


05 NOVEMBER 2020

DAIGA GRANTINA & ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: Emalin is pleased to announce our participation in Preview Cities: Milan with BeAdvisors – running through to 09 November, presenting sculptures by Daiga Grantina alongside They Went to Sleep (2020), a new limited edition artist book by Athena Papadopoulos. Click  here to view the available editions.

31 October 2020

ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: A selection of new sculptures by Athena Papadopoulos are included in the current group exhibition My Flannel Knickers at Sargent’s Daughters, New York. To see more, click here

02 OCTOBER 2020

ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: Jonathan Jones has selected MOSTYN gallery for his ’10 of the best: hidden gem art galleries’ – where Athena Papadopoulos’s current solo exhibition Cain and Abel, Can’t and Able is on view. To read more, click here.

01 October 2020

ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: Now open! Athena’s work BCP VI (Burn BBBurn), 2018 is included in the group exhibition Nine Lipped Goddess at Gallery Artbeat, Georgia. Click here for further information & to see installation views.


ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: Athena Papadopoulos is included in the group exhibition Crepuscolo at Bastione Sangallo, Loreto, Italy – opening today – through to 31 October 2020.

27 MAY 2020

ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: Athena Papadopoulos’s exhibition ‘Cain and Abel Can’t and Able’ at MOSTYN, UK has been reviewed by Elsa Barbieri. To read in full, visit JULIET

05 MAY 2020

ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: Athena Papadopoulos has been invited to take part in the Zabludowicz Collection: Invite Focus series. From 04 – 17 May, the Zabludowicz Collection will be sharing interviews, installation views, and links to recent and upcoming projects relating to Athena’s practice. To read Athena’s interview with Elizabeth Neilson click here

20 APRIL 2020

ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: Tune in to @____homecooking____ tonight at 22:00 GMT | 18:00 EST to watch Athena Papadopoulos live segment Alphabetic Soup via Instagram Live

08 APRIL 2020

ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: TANK has selected Athena Papadopoulos’s current exhibition Cain and Abel Can’t and Able to share as an online presentation. Cain and Abel Can’t and Able was first presented as an exhibition at MOSTYN in March 2020, but closed prematurely due to the Covid-19 crisis. Visit TANK to experience the installation’s structuring dialogue in text and audio, alongside a selection of images of the work.

12 MARCH 2020

ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: Athena Papadopoulos’s solo exhibition Cain and Abel Can’t and Able opens this Saturday, 14 March (until 05 July 2020) at MOSTYN, Wales. The exhibition presents a new body of work – across sculpture, painting, text and sound – for further information visit MOSTYN.

28 FEBRUARY 2020

ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS: Athena Papadopoulos is featured in the upcoming group show Shaking the Habitual at Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Braga, PT – opening 07 March, 7pm & runs through to 30 April 2020.

14 DECEMBER 2019

Athena Papadopoulos and Augustas Serapinas are featured in the group exhibition Uno at Allegra Projects in St Moritz, Switzerland. Opening Sunday 15 December until 02 February 2020.

26 October 2019

Opening Sunday 27 October 2019 in Kortrijk, BE: Athena Papadopoulos opens her solo exhibition ‘The Apple Nun’ at Liebaert Projects. Open on Sundays 27/10, 03/11, 10/11 and 17/11 and by appointment.

8 May 2019

Athena Papadopoulos will be doing a reading of A Tittle-Tattle-Tell-A-Tale Heart on 22 June, 7–9pm at Art Night in the British Library.

18 April 2019

Athena Papadopoulos will be participating in Art Night 2019 on June 22nd. The event will feature 40 independently curated projects and take place across London, in King’s Cross and Walthamstow.

10 April 2019

A Tittle-Tattle-Tell-A-Tale Heart, a solo exhibition by Athena Papadopoulos referring to her two-part novel published in 2018, opens this Friday at Humber Street Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, UK

21 March 2019

World Receivers, a group exhibition including a work by Athena Papadopoulos, opens today at Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

12 October 2018

Read Athena Papadopoulos’ latest interview with Katrina Russell about identity, memory, cosmetics and Oprah Winfrey on Content Journal

8 October 2018

Thank you Frieze for a beautiful video feature with Athena Papadopoulos. Also thanks to The Art Newspaper, Blouin Artinfo and Harper’s BAZAAR Art for featuring our solo booth at Frieze Art Fair

2 October 2018

The first chapter of Athena Papadopoulos’ book A Tittle-Tattle-Tell-a-Tale-Heart is available as a special feature on Artviewer. The whole book is available at CURA now

29 June 2018

Athena Papadopoulos is participating in the group exhibition Entangled Tales at Rupert, Vilnius, opening on Wednesday 04 July

18 June 2018

Athena Papadopoulos is taking part in the group show Lia Pasqualino Noto, curated by Geraldine Blais, opening today in Palermo

11 APRIL 2018

The group exhibition TO DIE FOR, organised and featuring work by Athena Papadopoulos, is opening tomorrow at Castiglioni Fine Arts in Milan, IT

05 May 2017

Nic and Athena are in a group show at Carl Kostyal in Stockholm, opening on the 18th of May!

25 April 2017

Athena’s exhibition Belladonna’s Muse in Rome got reviewed by Artforum and Artribune