"My use of media has been contingent and expansive. Working across artistic disciplines, I examine political themes, such as the body, historical changes, cultural and artistic identity, in relation to economies of culture and the built environment. I have continuous engagement with art and design from the age of sixteen, when I picked up a pencil to draw my first still life. When I was nineteen, I read my first book on art history, "A concise histor of modern painting" by Herbert Read, and at twenty-one, I went to my first contemporary art exhibition by Rita Ackernann at Rebecca Camhi gallery in Athens. After my five-year training and subsequent work in architecture, I worked independently as an artist since 2004. I expanded my artistic training, attending research seminars and workshops, most notably with Janine Antoni, Rosemary Butcher and Julian Wild. The artistic ethos of the Schools where I have taught: UEL's Architecture and the Visual Arts (Signy Svalastoga) and Winchester School of Art (Bashir Makhoul); were also formative later experiences. Complementary to my scholarly work, with its early influences by the Greek literary and artistic avant-garde, published in The Journal of Visual Art Practice, Architecture and Culture, and e-flux, amongst other, my artistic work explores the relevance of philosophical methods, concepts, and contexts of analysis, for design and the arts. Videos, where I translated my own artistic approach into moving image, as well as other works, have been exhibited and archived internationally.
I view art's labouring task as making philosophical statements in a tool other than language."
Zoe Panagiota Nigianni was born in Athens, Greece, eldest of three, her parents being originally from the Peloponnese, a mountainous area surrounded by the Mediterranean sea. She received academic training in the fine arts at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), with artists Vlassis Caniaris and Sotiris Sorogkas; while she studied architectural and visual art theory, when Peter Salter was Head of the Architecture School at UEL. She has also studied visual art theory, as well as philosophy, at the University of East London (UEL), University of Athens (UA), and University of Amsterdam (UvA).