Aikaterini Gegisian (b. Thessaloniki, Greece) is a visual artist of Greek-Armenian heritage that lives and works between the UK and Greece. Investigating, assembling and deconstructing archives of popular culture, she has developed a rigorous research-based practice, that examines the role of images in the production of national and cultural identities. Working across video, photography, installation and collage her work utilises a variety of audio and visual material, ranging from found images, location footage, archival and popular films. After a period of questioning the image as a historical document, her recent work marks a formal and conceptual shift towards gender identities, the sculptural qualities of photographic images and the photobook form.
In 2020 MACK published her collage photobook Handbook of the Spontaneous Other, which received international acclaim. Between 2017-2019, she was a Research Fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington DC and Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria, developing a new episodic essay film on the European integration history based on post WW2 USA newsreels. In 2015, she was one of the exhibiting artists at the Armenian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion for best national participation. She has been awarded the Nagoya University Award in 2001, and she was shortlisted for the First Book Award in 2015. In 2016, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art organised the first survey of her moving image practice.
Her work was presented at recent survey exhibitions including the the 8th Brighton Photo Biennale (2018); 6th Moscow Biennale, Russia (2015), 3rd Mardin Biennal, Turkey (2015), 2nd Tallin Photomonth, Estonia (2012), 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2008) and 6th Gyumri Biennale, Armenia (2006). Her work has been shown in museums, galleries and in festivals internationally including The Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia (2020); National Arts Museum of China, Beijing (2018); MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada (2018);The Jewish Museum, Moscow (2018);Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Germany (2017); DEPO, Istanbul (2017); BALTIC, Newcastle (2017); Calvert 22 Foundation, London (2016); Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens (2016); NARS Foundation, New York (2014); Centre for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2012); Spike Island Gallery, Bristol (2012); Kasseler Dok Fest, Kassel, Germany (2016); Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany (2006) among others. Works of the artist are included in prominent private and museum collections.
Gegisian received a BA (Hons) in Critical Fine Art Practice by the University of Brighton (2001), an MA in Fine Art by Chelsea College of Art and Design (2005) and a PhD by Practice by the University of Westminster (2014). She served as Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Teesside University (2015-2017) and has discussed her practice internationally, through extensive workshops, seminars and lectures.