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AnnaMaria Pinaka’s practice looks at how (mundane) experiences of
sexuality translate through the lens of auto-ethnography and
masquerading. Using video, drawing and performance, Pinaka aesthetically
explores the low tech, the unpolished and the excessively child-like,
in order to question canonical visual representations. The intrinsic
perception of the private space becomes an exposed and exposing
structure: in this awkwardness, her work highlights how the comfort
otherwise promised in such conditions is compromised and rendered
ambiguously inappropriate and ‘dirty’ when public.

Born (1983) and raised in Thessaloniki

Lived and studied in London

Practice-led PhD, Roehampton University (2017): Porno-graphing: ‘dirty’ subjectivities & self-objectification in contemporary lens-based art

Currently based in Amsterdam, teaching at the MA Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice at the MIVC (AVANS University) and BA Moving Image at AKI (ArtEz)

AnnaMaria Pinaka is currently supported by Mondriaan Fonds through the Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent award


Awards & Distinctions 

2021-24   Member of the Editorial Board for the Stedelijk Studies Journal (NL)            

2020-23   Mondriaan Fonds, Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent (NL)

2014-17   Chilopoulos Institution scholarship for postgraduate studies abroad (GR)            

2013-14   New Collaborations Bursary, a-n, The Artists’ Information Company (UK)  

Higher Education

2017 PhD. Practice-as-research thesis: Porno-graphing: ‘dirty’
subjectivities & self-objectification in contemporary lens-based
art. Supervisors: Prof Joe Kelleher, Dr Nina Power & Dr Josh Abrams.
Roehampton University, Department of Theatre, Drama and Performance,
London (UK)

2008 M.A. Artists’ Video Film and Photography. University College for the Creative Arts of Maidstone (UK)

2006 B.A. (Hons) Video Media Arts. University College for the Creative Arts of Maidstone (UK)


2023    (Upcoming) Eastern Edge Studios, St John’s (CA)

2009     Art Residency Stipend, Accademia  de Belle Arti di Μacerata (IT)

Selected Exhibitions, Performances & Screenings

2023 (Upcoming) Solo show @ Opbo Studio, curated by Ioanna Gerakidi, Athens (GR)

2022 Un-Script-It (paintings) @ Kunstraum, New York (US)

2021 Gender Melancholia (video installation) @ The Project Gallery, Athens (GR)

Like a Record Baby (online screening) @ WETFILM. Rotterdam (NL)

2020 Bycatch (screening) @ The Body: Trauma, Memory, Trace. Communitism, Athens (GR)

2019 Ushers, (live performance) w/ Deniz Unal @ Liquid Lunch. Mimosa House, London (UK)

2018 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (mural) @ ANTI 6th Athens Biennale, Athens (GR)

Modern Family vol.1 (screening) @ Grandmother Festival. Tante Nino Project Space, Rotterdam (NL)

The beginning of my quest to impose structure on your formless genius, (live performance) @ The Ballroom, Amsterdam (NL)

I Feel Like Everybody Is Watching, (live performance & screening) @ Eagle Am- sterdam and Rozenstraat – a rose
is a rose is a rose, Amsterdam (NL)

2017 Room with a View (digital collage) @The malignancy of Stupidity Lily Robert,Paris (FR)

Know It All: Paola with AnnaMaria & Greta, (live performance) w/ Paola Reveni- oti & Margaret Haines @ Ύλη[matter]HYLE, Athens (GR)

The Announcement, (live performance) @ Coocoolili. Jamboree, London (UK)

2016 Modern Family vol.1, (screening) @ Greek Trash Deep Trash.
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (UK)

2015 Where the Flow Is, (live performance) @ Does Not Equal. W139, Amsterdam (NL)

2014 Like a Record Baby, w/ Lo Liddell, (live performance) @ Deep Trash Italia Eurosex Edition no.2. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (UK)

Tastes Like Cherry Cola, (screening) @ To Have and To
Hold Expanded. X Marks the Bökship, London (UK)

2013 Red Romantics, (photography) @ Doing Your Dirty Work. Centre for Sex and Culture, San Francisco (US)
Baby says to baby, (drawing) @ On the Job, for Whitechapel Gallery. Art Car Boot Fair, London (UK)

2012 Hord & Borny, (curatorial project) @ Performance ]S P A C E[ , Lon- don (UK)

2011 I am Illegal, (performance) in Deniz Unal’s Orals TV II @ TENT, Rotterdam (NL)

2010 One to One, (screening) @ Lady Fest. La Tabacalera, Madrid (SP)

All the Things I Like, (video installation) @ Where is My Privacy? La Casa De Belle Arte,
Istanbul (TR)

Seven Movements Dressed as Salmon, (live performance) @ OYABORA. Kismet Projects, London (UK)

2009 Long Live Romance, (live performance) as part of my residency curated by Ron Athey and Franko B @ the Academia Belle Arti di Macerata, Macerata (IT)


2020-  Course Leader. MA Visual Arts and Post- Contemporary Practice,
Master Institute of Visual Arts, AVANS University, Hertogenbosch (NL)

2019-  Lecturer. BA Moving Image, ArtEz, Enschede (NL)

2020 Artistic Research Tutor. BA Fine Art, ArtEZ, Arnhem (NL)

2019 External studio tutor and examiner. BA Fine Art, ArtEZ, Arnhem (NL) 

2017 Lecturer. Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Utrecht (NL)