Six questions for
Loukia Alavanou

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Loukia Alavanou.

Artist Loukia Alavanou
Lives in Athens, Greece

How do you describe your own art practice?

A moving collage made of fragments of sounds and images from dreams, films, myths and archetypes.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

I am always puzzled by the need for power struggles and hierarchies within societies, political parties, states, or between individuals, family members, spouses.

What was your first experience with art?

Montaging short tracks recorded from the radio on an audio cassette tape. Cutting out image pieces from popular magazines of the 80’s, storing them in a box and trading them with my sister’s collection, a process which involved a lot of burgeoning.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

My dreams, other people’s dreams – fictitious characters from literature or films or real people’s dreams narrated to me-. Oedipal conflicts and power struggles.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Time. After I finish a big project that I put a lot of effort in, I need time to “live”, experience and research before I jump into my next major project.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Diego Marcon’s “The Parents’ Room”, which I saw at the Arsenale in Venice last year, is still haunting me.

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