Christos Pantieras explores themes of communication, relationships, intimacy, and identity in order to understand these varied narratives and how they intertwine between the online community and in real life. His work takes the form of installations, sculptures and mixed media to ignite online language into a physical form and occupy real space beyond virtual space. Sourcing text from digital platforms (e.g. emails, text messages, gay hook-up apps, etc…), he manipulates this language through analog processes to record a human presence, to archive dissolution through digital interaction, and to investigate the resonance of a lost online connection. Is truly the end once one has pressed “delete”?
Christos Pantieras (born, 1973 in Ottawa) completed his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at York University (Toronto, ON) in 2015 for which he earned an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and SSHRC funding. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: The Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa), The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (Toronto), Modern Fuel ARC (Kingston), AXENEO7 (Gatineau), Artcite Inc (Windsor), Circa-Art Actuel (Montreal), and Artcite Inc (Windsor). Pantieras' work is represented in the collection of the City of Ottawa and throughout several private collectors. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa. Pantieras was shortlisted for the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Award in 2019.
Christos Pantieras gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa (July 2017). [ www.ottawa.ca ]
Christos Pantieras gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council (August 2017). [ www.arts.on.ca ]
Christos Pantieras gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. [ www.canadacouncil.ca ]