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Polina Zioga was born in Athens. Her artworks can be found in private collections in Greece and abroad, in the Embassy of the
Hellenic Republic in The Hague, as well as in the Collection of Athens School of Fine Arts.

Studies
2002-2007 Athens School of Fine Arts, painting department under professors D. Sakellion and G. Kazazis. Graduates magna cum
laudae.
2005-2007 Athens School of Fine Arts, photography under professor M. Babousis.
1997-2002 “Kapodistriako” University of Athens, Nursing Department.

Scholarships – Awards
2005 Scholarship from the Hellenic National Scholarship Foundation.

Solo Exhibitions
2008 “Pro-Art” art gallery, Athens.

Video-Art Festivals
2008 “Festival Miden”, Historic Center of Kalamata, Greece.
2008 “Athens Video Art Festival”, “Technopolis” of Municipality of Athens, Athens.

Team Exhibitions
2008 “Picture-Space-Action 2”, new artists’ exhibition, organized by the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, “Technopolis” of
Municipality of Athens, Athens.
2007 “Child”, a group exhibition of 30 artists, “Pedon-Saint Sofia” Children’s Hospital, Athens.
2007 “Conversing with Rembrandt - Young Greek Artists are inspired by the great master’s work”, under the Aegis of the Minister
for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Dora Bakoyannis, “De Haagse Kunstkring”, The Hague.
2006 "Conversing with Rembrandt-Young artists are inspired by the great master’s work”, under the Aegis of the Royal
Netherlands Embassy, exhibition hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Athens.
2006 “Child”, a group exhibition of 30 artists, Chantzikyriakeio foundation, Piraeus.
2005 “December 1st and every single day… a day against AIDS”, under the Aegis of the Municipality of Athens, new artists’
group exhibition included in the homonymous 5-day set of events, Metro Syntagma exhibition area.
2004 “Body and Ancient Drama”, A.S.F.A. students’ group exhibition, included in the homonymous International Scientific
Symposium and the “Aischeleia 2004” celebration, Kronos Factory, Elefsina.
2001 Group painting exhibition, Alimos Municipal Cultural Center, Athens.

Curating
2007 “Conversing with Rembrandt - Young Greek Artists are inspired by the great master’s work” (with elemental group), under
the Aegis of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Dora Bakoyannis, “De Haagse Kunstkring”, The Hague.
2006 “Conversing with Rembrandt - Young Artists are inspired by the great master’s work” (with elemental group), under the
Aegis of the Royal Netherlands Embassy, exhibition hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic.
2005 “December 1st and every single day… a day against AIDS” (with elemental group), under the Aegis of the Municipality of
Athens, exhibition area of the Metro in Syntagma.

Others
2003 Settings for the theater musical “Los Portenos”, Broadway Theater, Athens.
2001 Costumes for the 3rd Dance Gala “The World of Musicals”, Athens College Theater.
Polina Zioga
I use personal clinical material from digital angiographies of my brain as a
primary source, in order to create collage of landscapes, literally pulling out
what lies inside me, as an effort to see from a different point of view my
experience.

My work develops digitally, like my primary material and at the end is realized
through lambda printing mounted on aluminium with dimensions that cover
every picture’s needs.
The particular work is inspired by Rembrandt’s painting
“The anatomy lesson of Dr. Deyman” (1656).

The examination of the brain is isolated and appropriated
as I perform my own anatomy using elements from my
work.

Through an aesthetic of powerful colorations, I abolishe
the boundaries between the inside and the outside, turning
the invisible into visible.

At the same time, my images are projected on a space
discharged of the personal narration burden, in a new
landscape of a non-specified place, virtual and truly fake,
standing autonomously.

The butterfly in the middle of the composition symbolizes
a procedure of transformation and psychosomatic change.
It is the result of my self-observation that surpasses my
personal boundaries and is addressed to each one of us.
   HIV, video, 1’ (loop), 2005
3d modeling & animation by visual_bytes

«HIV» is a video that speaks about the homonym virus,
responsible for AIDS, the «plague of the century». The
world of microorganisms and the biology of the human
body lies somewhere between the material and the
immaterial, the scientific and the artistic, the visible and the
invisible. Despite of all the pain and the suffer, the sickness
and the death that brings, HIV is still, a live organism with
his unique miraculous structure and characteristics.

My goal through this video is to «turn the tables» and to
challenge the common emotion of fear and denial. I
present the 3-dimensional structure and geometry of the
virus, that appear and approach us, in order to go away
and to disappear in an eternal movement (loop), as an
autonomous pictorial presence discharged from its
emotional and social burden.

It is exactly this distance and the neutrality of the image
that reveal to us finally the beauty and the mystery of the
forms beyond our common beliefs.
Synthesis in Cyan
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