Artist Talk
30.9.2021

Sofia Mitsola in Conversation with Flavia Frigeri

Pilar Corrias, 54 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EF

Please join us for a live conversation between Sofia Mistola and Flavia Frigeri on 30 September 2021 at 6pm. Coinciding with Aquamarina: Crocodilian tears, her second solo presentation at the gallery, Mitsola and Frigeri will discuss the myth written by the artist, the semi aquatic world the protagonists inhabit and the painterly process behind the works.

Sofia Mitsola (b. 1992) works within paintings in which she investigates the female form. Her invented characters are informed by ancient Greek and Egyptian sculptures, usually depictions of goddesses or mythical creatures. These are set in simple geometric backgrounds with intensely bright and almost flat colours and are depicted naked and larger than human scale. Through them, she is playing with ideas about voyeurism, confrontation, and power. Mitsola currently lives and works in London. She graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include: Darladiladada, Pilar Corrias, London (2020); Banistiri, Pilar Corrias, London (2019); Jerwood Solo Presentations 2019, Jerwood Space, London (2019). Her recent group exhibitions include A Year With The Jerwood Collection, The Harley Gallery, Nottingham (2021); and dreamtigers, 125 Charing Cross, London (2019). Mitsola was awarded the Tiffany & Co x outset Studiomakers Prize (2018) and the British Institution Student Award by the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018).

Dr Flavia Frigeri is an art historian and ‘Chanel Curator for the Collection’ at the National Portrait Gallery, London. From 2016 to 2020 she was a Teaching Fellow in the History of Art Department UCL and continues to be a long standing member of faculty on Sotheby’s Institute’s MA in Contemporary Art. Previously she was ‘Curator, International Art’ at Tate Modern, where she co-curated The World Goes Pop (2015), and was responsible for Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (2014), Paul Klee: Making Visible (2013) and Project Space: Ruins in Reverse (2013). She is the author of Pop Art and Women Artists both in Thames & Hudson’s Art Essentials series and the co-editor of a volume of collected essays, New Histories of Art in the Global Postwar Era: Multiple Modernisms (Routledge, 2021).

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