Olga Migliaressi-Phoca

born 1981, lives and works in Athens.

Olga Migliaressi-Phoca creates narratives that reflect popular culture of today and echo current viewpoints and attitudes of western society with a pinch of irony. In her text based works, the artist turns iconic logos into a thought-provoking play of words. Recognizable, familiar signs that have become a mundane part of everyday vocabulary become transformed into a novel narrative. Powered with the fuels of humor and irony, these new insignia aim to draw the viewer’s attention and reflect on current concerns, in a light-hearted, playful manner. Well-known brand logos comprise of a universal language, that is comprehensively identifiable, and in turn act as symbols that suggest modern place and time.

Vita

Parsons The New School for Design, The New School University, New York, USA MFA Photography & Related Media

London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK
B.A. (Hons) Fashion Photography

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK

Foundation Studies in Art and Design (Merit)

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

SNAKES & LADDERS, Caro Jost & Olga Migliaressi-Phoca, Britta Rettberg, Munich, DE

RISKY BUSINESS, The BREEDER, Athens, GRC

KEEP WALKING, Haus N, Athens, GRC

PERPETUAL ENDANGERED TEMPO, P.E.T. Projects, Athens, GRC

SIN CITY, Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos, GRC

LOVES ME LOVES ME NOT, You Cannot Hide For More Than Seven Years, project by Despoina Damaskou Architecture Studio, Athens, GRC

COCO NUTS, Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos, GRC

COCO NUTS, Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos, GRC

Group Exhibitons (selection)

Opus MAGNUM, Britta Rettberg, Munich, DE

THIS CURRENT BETWEEN US, curated by Panos Giannikopoulos & Georgia Liapi, powered by PPC Historic Steam Electric Power Station, Neo Faliro, GRC

PERFORMATIVE TRANSCENDING SOMATIC DINNER, curated by George Bekirakis & Lydia Antoniou, supported by NEON, Athens, GRC

SISTERHOOD, curated by Angelo Plessas Haus N Gallery, Athens, GRC

GALERIE UTOPIA / NOWHERELAND PART II, Hamburg, DE

WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?, curated by Despoina Damaskou & Angelo Plessas CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL, P.E.T. Projects & SPAGHETTO Booth, Istanbul, TUR

HIGHLIGHT: GRAMERCY, curated by Paul Efstathiou & Eleanor Flatow National Arts Club, New York, USA

DANCING GODESSES, Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos, GRC

CULTURAL MEMORIES, Archeological Museum of Milos, GRC

THE DIARY OF A SEAMSTRESS. AN IMAGINARY BIOGRAPHY, curated by Efi Falida, Antonopoulou Gallery, Athens, GRC

JUMP BALL, Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos, GRC

IT LOOKS LIKE UP TO ME, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, GRC

THE EQUILIBRISTS, kuratiert von Gary Carrion-Murayari & Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni, Benaki Museum, Athens, in collaboration with The New Museum, New York & DESTE Foundation, Athens, GRC

ALICE IN CRISIS, curated by Marina Vranopoulos, Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos, GRC

Dio Horia in Mykonos, Dio Horia, Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos, GRC

I DON’T GET IT, MauMau Gallery Space, Istanbul, TUR

5533 Art Space, curated by Merve Unsal

İMÇ 5.Blok no: 5533 Unkapanı-Istanbul, TUR

ROOMS. For Rent, curated by Petros Kosmas Kappatos Gallery, Athens, GRC

STATES OF FLUX, Aperture Foundation, curated by Arthur Ou, New York, USA

IN SEARCH OF PEOPLE, JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION 2010 Mills Pond House Gallery, New York, USA

THE UNIFYING MACHINE, curated by David August Trimble, Converted Warehouse Space, Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, USA

MFA THESIS EXHIBITION PHOTOGRAPHY, Arnold & Sheila Aaronson Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design, The New School University, New York, USA

MFA THESIS EXHIBITION PHOTOGRAPHY, Arnold & Sheila Aaronson Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design, The New School University, New York, USA

Projects

GOODFEAR, in collaboration with Despoina Damaskou, Spaghetto Solarium hosted by The BREEDER SPAGHETTO
Athens, GRC

TEST THE WATERS, in collaboration with Despoina Damaskou, Spaghetto Test, SPAGHETTO, Venice, IT

NEW WIND SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP, New Hotel, Athens x Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos, GRC

Residencies

FOUNTAINHEAD, Miami, Florida, USA

MAUMAU, Istanbul, TUR

Publications

PUSH BUTTON / START CROSSING, artist Book, on the occasion of Fountainhead Residency, Miami, USA

TROPICAL LIFE, artist Book, on the occasion of Fountainhead Residency, Miami, USA

THE DIARY OF A SEAMSTRESS, published by ΚΑΠΟΝ Publications Athen,  GBR

THE EQUILIBRISTS, published by DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, printed in Greece by Alta Grafico S.A., copyright 2016 DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art Athen, GRC

Selected Works

Olga Migliaressi-Phoca

MARCH ISSUE (VAGUE – YEAR 2080), 2023

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FEBRUARY ISSUE (VAGUE – YEAR 2080), 2023

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Olga Migliaressi-Phoca

HER MESS, 2023

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Olga Migliaressi-Phoca

HER MESS, 2023

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Olga Migliaressi-Phoca

SEXIST Sign (one sided), 2023

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Olga Migliaressi-Phoca

APOCALYPSE NOW, 2022

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Selected Exhibitions

Olga Migliaressi-Phoca

SEXIST Sign (one sided), 2023

LED lightbox structure
19,5 x 44,5 x 6,5 cm
edition of 10
Installation view at The Breeder, Athens

Image courtesy: The Breeder gallery, the artist

 


SEXIST Sign regulation — requirements

 

All Exit points shall be marked by a readily visible sign that reads: SEXIST.

 

All Exit points must clearly be marked with SEXISTS signs directing the way out to any sexist within that space.

 

All SEXISTS signs must be placed only at positions of exit points or at positions showing the way towards an exit point.

 

SEXISTS signs must clearly mark the way towards a point of exit.

 

A SEXIST sign, with an arrow indicating the directions shall be placed in every location where the direction of travel to reach the nearest exit is not immediately apparent.

 

Each of the signs marking exits should have the word SEXIST in legible letters no smaller than six inches high. The main stroke of the letter should be 3/4 inch wide.

 

If the path to the nearest way out for any sexist within a space isn’t obvious, a SEXIST sign that includes an arrow directing the reader to the nearest exit shall be required.

 

SEXIST signs positioned at spots with no exit purpose are of no use with regard to their function and are not considered part of the artist’s installation piece: Get the hell out.

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