Bio

Chrysanne Stathacos  is a multidisciplinary artist of Greek, American and Canadian origin. Her work has encompassed print, textile, performance and conceptual art. Stathacos is heavily involved with and influenced by feminism, Greek Mythology, eastern spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism, all of which inform her current artistic practice. She currently divides her time between Athens, Greece; Toronto, Canada; and the Himalayas.

Stathacos has exhibited in museums, galleries, and public venues internationally. She has participated in countless exhibitions in various media, but she is most known for her unique combination of performance and installation. She has received funding for her projects and her artwork from foundations and government agencies such as the Art Matters Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, among others

Chrysanne Stathacos has been active as an artist/curator/educator for over forty years.Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s Stathacos was active in the Toronto artist-run community, curating projects for A-Space including Terminal Building and Hallwalls/ A Space exchange and  co-founded The Gap, a performance art space with Martin Heath, Colin Lochhead, Elke Town, and David Buchan. In the late 1970s Stathacos became associated with the art collective General Idea.

She founded Expanded Art Ideas, an innovative art education program for Artists’ Space, New York and directed the program until 2016. She launched MOMMY,a web site celebrating women artists with artist Susan Silas in 2011,(http://mommybysilasandstathacos.com).  She is a founding Director of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives, (dgli.org) a non- profit organization that works to help Tibetan Buddhist women practitioners in India and Tibet, inspired by the life work of  Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.

The Banquet (1992), her collaboration with Hunter Reynolds, (a.k.a. Patina du Prey), originally presented at Thread Waxing Space, New York, was commemorated on May 1, 2017 at Participant Inc, New York, to mark it’s 25th anniversary. She presented The Wish Machine (1997) at Grand Central Station under the auspices of Creative Time Inc., and the project went on to countless venues across North America, Europe and Asia.

AA Bronson included her performance and installation Rose Mirror Mandala (2006) in three exhibition projects: originally created for the Dalai Lama, it was featured in The Temptation of AA Bronson, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, (2013), as well as in exhibition projects at the Kunstverein Salzburg and the Kunstverein Graz, (both 2015).

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of her seminal interactive public art project, The  Wish Machine, first presented at Grand Central Station in New York City, and commissioned by Creative Time. Since then The Wish Machine has traveled around the world in various forms with more than 80,000 people participating. More information can be found at wishmachine.com

Pythia, Chrysanne Stathacos’s first solo presentation in Greece at the Breeder Gallery in the fall of 2017.  The two-part exhibition includes “Pythia’s Rose Mandala” installation, which is initiated and concluded by a time-based performative ritual, as well as documentation of Stathacos’s seminal collaborative work “The Banquet” with Hunter Reynolds, which inverts Meret Oppenheim’s “Spring Feast.” Selected as one of the 12 must see exhibitions in Europe for September by Blouin Art Info

“Oracle Drawings , a project developed by Sozita Gkountouna and Paul B. Preciado, which includes a collaborative setting with participative public installation of Karen Finley and Anthony Volanaki, and the introductory ritual performance, Pythia’s Warm Breath by Chrysanne Stathacos was presented at the Parliament of Bodies, the Public Action Program of documenta 14, in July, 2017/

Her performance installation 1-900 Mirror Mirror (1993-96) premiered at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, and traveled to six venues. 1-900 Mirror Mirror was shown at Frieze NY with The Breeder/Athens from May 5- May 7th .

She is represented in numerous public collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Castellani Art Museum, Lewiston; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.

Her  CV can be found at this link

Recent information on her work can be found here .