Interview: Ioannis Dimopoulos

(The Interview with Ioannis Dimopoulos took place on WhatsApp between April 27th and May 31st, 2021.)


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April 27th:


[ Ioannis ]:


Hey Chun, this is Ioannis from the CAP 2019 Residency.

I hope all is good given the current situations and that you are moving forward with your work.


Could you please provide me with some more information in relation to what this website and interviews are about??


Looking forward to hearing from you.


Best

Ioannis


[ Chun ]:


Yes of course Ioannis! The website is my attempt to create an online community of emerging artists, like an online crit group. It has mainly evolved into an avenue to features artist interviews. The interviews are about the artists' thought processes, research and studio practice, experiences, and the works themselves. Ioannis, I might be interested in interviewing you! If you would like to be interviewed, could you share with me your website or your portfolio? Thank you so much! Sincerely, Chun.


[ Ioannis ]:


That’s sounds so cooll.


I also scrolled through and saw the interview as well.

It looks really interesting.

I saw also Sophie which was in our residency year.

Are you including only from SVA or also from outside of it?


[ Chun ]:


Inside and outside!


[ Ioannis ]:


I would love to be included and be part of it.


Besides the portfolio, would you like me to send something more as first step, or just that for now?? Like a quick CV or some more info??


My website currently is under re-construction.


[ Chun ]:


Yes Sophia was interviewed recently! She's amazing.

I see! I would love to see your portfolio and any kind of artist statement or writing that you have explaining your work!


[ Ioannis ]:


She then went into my school for her MA—I had showed her around RCA beige she applied.


[ Chun ]:


Please send me the relevant materials to... [my email].

I see haha! That's truly wonderful


[ Ioannis ]:


Okkkk perfect.


I am reshaping it currently-including some new works-and I will be sending it to you as soon as possible, if that works for you.


[ Chun ]:


Thanks so much Ioannis! Looking forward to it!


[ Ioannis ]:


Lovely.


Thank you for sharing it with us at first place ☺️


[ Chun ]:


Thank you Ioannis for your interest! Have a wonderful day and keep in touch!


[ Ioannis ]:


You too 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻


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May 24th:


[ Ioannis ]:


Hey Chun, I hope all is well.


I have just emailed you my CV and Portfolio containing works from 2015 up to 2020. The work varies from happenings, performances, writings and more.


Once you have checked them, tell me how you would like to proceed.


☺️


(The CV and Portfolio can be downloaded here for your viewing: )

I. D CV
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I. D. Portfolio
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Download PDF • 9.61MB


[ Chun ]:


Thank you so much Ioannis! Will do soon!


[ Ioannis ]:


Thank you at first place for sharing it. ☺️☺️


[ Chun ]:


Of course haha


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May 31st:


[ Ioannis ]:


Hey Chun, good morning and I hope all is good.

Did you have the time and chance to have a look at the material I sent you?


[ Chun ]:


Yes I will look at them right now. Thank you so much for the reminder.


I might have a little bit of difficulty understanding everything but please be patient with me. I will read through everything by tonight


[ Ioannis ]:


No no worries at all.


I totally understand as many of the works were happenings with quite some stuff happening simultaneously and on different platforms.


I have tried to put them in order and each artworks has its own description, medium and elements.

Some they have their own descriptive text as well.


I can provide you more details and even have a quick call if there is something requiring clarification.


Plus, my work many times is a harsh and “cruel.”


[ Chun ]:


I understand Ioannis! Will get back to you later today


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Ioannis, so there are 6 works?


(Screenshot from the portfolio #1)


[ Ioannis ]:


Yup exactly! Starting from 2015 up until 2020.


[ Chun ]:


Ioannis Dimopoulos is the latest work in 2020 right?


[ Ioannis ]:


Yes


It was my degree for royal college of art.



(Screenshot from the portfolio #2)


[ Chun ]:


Does the first project go all the way from page 2 to page 5?


[ Ioannis ]:


Well for the digital show at least—the physical one will take place along 2021.


Yesss!


It has many platforms as I combined a couple of lectures and livestreams.


[ Chun ]:


I see I see.


Who gave the lectures? The hunters?


Can we go over the portfolio page by page? I am kinda confused because I am usually a painting guy, not conceptual, installation art, happenings type of person.. hahaha..


[ Ioannis ]:


No worries at all about that.


The psychologist Tina Feidia in collaboration with the Kapodestrian Uniberisrt of Athens.


[ Chun ]:


I see. And that's part of your installation


Thank you so much.


What is on page 5 (aka page 6 if you include the title page)?


I see Alcestis which is a myth.


And then I see two screenshots of pink clouds with text and images inside, such as "Iona Mitchell / SMA Ioannis Dimopoulos / GEorgina Watson / FIENDS."