Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva is a contemporary visual artist working across varied media of sculpture, installation, video, sound, photography and architectural interventions. Her materials range from the extraordinary to the ordinary and the ephemeral/throw away to the highly precious; they have included organic materials, foodstuffs and precious metals, such as caul fat to gold leaf. Central to her practice is a response to the particularities of place; its history, locale, environment and communities. Elpida has worked in collaboration with many other professionals and organisations ranging from RSPB, and Forestry Commission to The Vatican, and from Cathedral settings to National Trust properties, and understand the complexities of place and negotiations necessary to realise work in diverse often fragile settings.

A recent Wellcome Trust and Arts Council funded project, Making Beauty (Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham 2016), working collaboratively with medical researchers allowed new understanding of specific human diseases to be shared through visual art, discussions and exhibitions. Elpida has extensive exhibition and commissioned experience nationally and internationally, within gallery spaces, museums and within the public realm.

Haruspex was commissioned by the Vatican, as part of the Pavilion of the Holy See, at the 56th International Art Exhibition, and Silentio Pathologia was commissioned by the National Gallery of Macedonia at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. These site specific works have been developed in urban and rural sites, in interior and exterior spaces, including Nymans Gardens, Fabrica Gallery Brighton, Mottisfont Abbey Romsey, Pied à Terre London, Gloucester Cathedral, Bennachie Aberdeenshire, L’H du Siège France, Kilmainham Gaol Museum Ireland; at the centre is research into place and its materiality and discussion and development with other collaborators. Hadzi-Vasileva is interested in how these experiences of exchange of knowledge might develop through further collaborative working and in a new context of landscape, heritage, science and community as offered by a place.

Hadzi-Vasileva’s artworks are in public collections internationally including The Vatican, Office of Public Works, Ireland; Križanke, Ljubljana; Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Napoli, Italy; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge and private collections around the world.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park interview with EHV

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Selected exhibitions & projects