“I was raised by an art historian mother and exposed from an early age to Western art history, realising (by myself) already as a child that art history was predominately chauvinist.
My artistic research and the development of my work as a painter and as a conceptual artist aim to investigate the psychologies of power and gender in art: trying to give voices to approaches that include women.
Since my graduation (BA FA) from Goldsmiths College in 2006, I have been engaged in both art practice, field research, conceptual work, and writing on the psycho-politics and structural powers in the history of art and in the art scene now.
Through articles, interviews, artwork production and research (and other intellectual ventures) I highlight today’s gender discrimination in the world of contemporary art in order to catalyse balance and gender equality now.
Since 1999, my artistic research and the development of my work as a painter and as a conceptual artist has involved an investigation into the methods of painting: the fundamental philosophical attitudes, historical contexts, traditions and instruments that have shaped painting.
For good and bad, historically, the artwork has underlined our virtues, discussed our philosophical beliefs, enforced our religious ideas, promoted our cultural trends, and has been a method of questioning understandings, mirroring our tragedies and tracing our emotional patterns.
The visual part of my studying the practice of the artwork in history is to investigate how the artwork has been invented on ideas of gender discrimination at different times in our Western culture, that is, a study of how we think, understand perception, gender and the body, and select, value and preserve memory, politics and identity.“
CAN Christina Androulidaki GALLERY
Augusta Atla is a visual artist born in 1979, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Currently living and working in Copenhagen.
The atelier of Augusta Atla lies hidden in a backyard at a mews by the canal in the historical part of Copenhagen, Christianshavn.
Augusta received an Award of Excellence from the Fine Art faculty of Goldsmiths, University of London in 2006 and the Horsens Art Museum Art Award in 2007.
Augusta Atla made an art pilgrimage (2008-2016) visiting the artworks of the European Art Masters, researching religious iconography and exploring the history of Greek Antiquity.
Between (2003-2016) Augusta lived in London, Venice, Rome, Milan, Athens, Paris.
From 2014 to 2016, Augusta lived full in Athens, Greece, where she founded, curated and ran MAISON d’ART CONTEMPORAIN ATHÈNES / MACA.
Atla has exhibited widely during the last two decades, at Danish institutions: Viborg Kunsthal, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Museet for Samtidskunst, Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm and Brandts. And at international institutions: REMAP4 Contemporary Art Festival, Athens Greece; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Spain; Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway; Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany; Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France; The Danish Institute at Athens, Athens, Greece; Tallinna Kunstihoone, Estonia; Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, Greece.
Augusta Atla’s artwork represented at national collections, e.g. Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark, Randers Kunstmuseum, Denmark, The Danish Art Council, Denmark and The Danish Parliament, Denmark.
Atla has been granted awards by the Danish Art Council in 2011 and 2012. Atla was granted residencies at the National Workshops of Copenhagen in 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2016. Atla has also been supported by Danish private arts foundations and Danish institutions and embassies.
Atla has previously exhibited at the galleries: Gallery Specta (DK), David Risley Gallery (DK), Avlskarl Gallery (DK), Format Art Space (DK), CAN Gallery (GR), Charlotte Fogh Gallery (DK), Banja Rathnov Gallery (DK), Christoffer Egelund Gallery (DK), Change and Partner Gallery (IT), AD Gallery (GR), LMN Gallery (NO).
Atla has given artist talks and lectures at universities and art institutions at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Princeton University, Accademia di Belli Arte di Venezia, and more.
Augusta Atla is also a passionate art critic and writer on gender discrimination issues in the world of contemporary art.
Articles published at Politiken, Magasinet Kunst, CHART Publication, Kulturmonitor, Børsen Pleasure.
Augusta promotes women painters with the instagram profile @womenpainters