All works © Mariana Bisti. 

Born in Greece, 1981.

Lives and works between London and Athens.

 

She studied Building Restoration and Renovation at the Technological Educational Institute of Patras (2005). In 2008 she ranked first at the NTUA School of Architecture admission exams and earned her BA/MSc degrees in Architectural Engineering (2012). In 2013 she received the “GREAT 2013 - Greek Architectural Talent Award” for her thesis project ‘Redesigning Klaftmonos Square’. 

 

She practiced Architecture in collaboration with NC-MP Architects from 2003 and for 11 consecutive years. Since 2008, she has been working as a photographer,  specialising in Architectural Photography, including Corporate, Aerial, Construction and Documentation Photography/ Videography. 

 

Art Athina, Athens Biennale, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Piraeus Port Authority S.A., BMW Hellas, Municipality of Athens, Institut Français d’ Athenes are some of her past as well as current commissioners, alongside several Architectural Greek firms and Construction companies. 

 

In 2014 she moved to London to pursue a MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she earned her degree with distinction and received the UCL Dean’s List Award and the William Coldstream Prize for outstanding academic achievement (2016). 

 

Her art practice ranges across different media, including video, photography, public interventions, performances and installation. Over the last 3 years, Mariana has exhibited internationally, including shows in Hong Kong (AVA - HKBU), Kuala Lumpur (National Art Gallery), Taipei (TAV, Venue), Brussels (Martine Ehmer Gallery), Paris (CAUE92 ), London (The Crypt, Velorose, Limbo Unit 5), Brighton (Phoenix), Lisbon (Dona Laura), Bradford (Impressions Gallery), Athens (TAF, Megaron) etc. 

 

In February 2017 she spent 3 months in Hong Kong as an artist-in-residence at the Academy Of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. Her work ‘Wěndìng Fánróng’, a two-channel 8min drone video, received great exposure and got featured on The Guardian, Dezeen and Archdaily.

Education

 

 

2014-2016    University College London - Slade School of Fine Art

                     MFA Fine Art Media (Distinction)

 

2008-2012    National Technical University of Athens - School of Architecture 

                        Architectural Engineering Diploma (MSc level equivalent)

 

2001-2005    TΕΙ Patras - School of Restoration and Renovation of Buildings 

                     BA Preservation Engineering  

 

 

 

Awards & Distinctions

 

 

2018   Sony World Photography Awards | Commended photographer

             OPEN 2018, Architecture category.

 

2016   Danny Wilson Memorial Award | People's Choice  

             Favourite exhibiting photographer as part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2016.

 

 

           Brighton Photo Fringe Open 2016

           Top 20 Shortlist.

 

           Dean’s List 2016 | Arts and Humanities Faculty, UCL

           Granted for outstanding academic performance to 20 graduates per year.

 

           William Coldstream Prize 2016 | Slade School of Fine Art

             Purchase prize for outstanding achievement.

 

           UCL Certificate of Distinction | Slade School of Fine Art

             Granted by the Final Examination Board for work of excellent quality, 

             professionally realised, high level of critical acuity, independent and

             original investigation.

 

            HIX Award | CNB Gallery

           Shortlisted.

 

2015   Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship  

             Based upon satisfactory academic progress.

             Awarded by the Slade Prizes and Scholarships Committee.

 

           Slade Bursary

             Funded by donations from the Friends of the Slade.

 

           Graduate Exchange Student Nomination

             Shortlisted for a fully funded graduate exchange in the Sculpture

             department of the Fine Art Faculty in Dhaka University, Bangladesh.

        
2014   Open House Athens - Sony Greece Award

             Second prize in an photo contest on Instagram, with over 550 participants, 

             coordinated by Sony Greece & the Open House Athens organisation.

 

2013   GREAT 2013 - Greek Architectural Talent Award 

             Granted for the NTUA Thesis project ‘Redesigning Klafthmonos Square’.

 

           Greek Seas Award | Benaki Museum

             Ranked within the top 10 among 350 contestants.

 

           Juror Award of Merit | Grand Prix de la Découverte 2013

             Granted by the International Fine Art Photography Competition 

             for the ‘Street - Documentary’ category.

 

2012   Urban Survivors Award | Medecins Sans Frontiers

             Ranked within the top-10 in an open photo contest on the Greek Crisis.

 

2010   Photo Raid Festival Award

           Ranked first among 100 contestants. 

 

2008   NTUA Certificate of Distinction | School of Architecture

             Ranked first in the Admission Exams of 2008 for a place at the

             NTUA School of Architecture among 150 candidates.

 

Exhibitions

 

2019   Crossings

           Biennale d'art contemporain de Mountados, Tinos, GR

  

           Urban Spaces

             Kunstschule Labyrinth, Ludwigsburg, DE
 

           Political Bodies

           Galeria Cavour, Padua, IT 

            London, UK (to be announced)

            Athens, GR (to be announced)

          

            Spectacular Atrophy | Independent Publishing Fair by Batonic Projects

            Substore, Koenji, Tokyo, JP

2018   SURVOLS - La photographie Aérienne des villes

             CAUE92 - La Galerie, Nanterre, FR

           AIR/ SPACE - KLAF2018 Kuala Lumpur National Art Gallery, Malaysia 

           Spectacular Atrophy | Independent Publishing Fair by Batonic Projects

             Barrak Art Book Fair, Okinawa, JP

 

           Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

             Somerset House, London, UK

 

           Spectacular Atrophy | Independent Publishing Fair by Batonic Projects

             liáu liáu Art Space, Taipei, TW        

 

           Timber Rising 

             Roca London Gallery, London, UK

 

           Labyrinth 

             Galerie Martine Ehmer, Brussels, Belgium 

       

2017    Ilha Formosa | Sound + Vision Tour

            Venue - Performance & event Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

             Jiang Shan Yi Gai Suo, Hsinchu, Taiwan

 

           NAKED 

             Open studio performances, Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan

 

           AIR Exhibition 

           Barry Exhibition Space, Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan

 

           UPROOTEDNESS 

           310NXRD Gallery, London, UK

 

           Artists Sharing 

             Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK

 

           MEMEMEME

             The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

 

2016   Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN2016 Shortlist Showcase

           Phoenix Brighton & Openair Hub, part of the Top 20 Shortlist, Brighton, UK

 

           Photo Publishers’ Market by Photo Fringe & Photo Biennial 2016

           Phoenix Brighton, UK

                                                                     

           Forwards + Backwards 

             Dona Laura House, Lisbon, PRT

 

           Photobook Fair 2016

            Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK

 

           Slade Print Fair 

             North Lodge, UCL, London, UK

 

           Curious Body 

             Velorose Gallery, London, UK

 

           Making do

             Slade Summer School - Artists in Residence Show, Slade School of Fine Art,

             UCL, London, UK

 

           Encountering Pain - International Conference 

             UCL, London, UK

 

           HOMER REIMAGINED 

             Woburn - Slade Research Centre, UCL, London, UK

 

           EUrythmy 2016

             Limbo Unit 5, London, UK

 

           MA/MFA Fine Art Graduate Degree Show 

             Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK

 

           The Small Press Project

             IAS & North Lodge, UCL, London, UK
  

           Indigo Vastness 

             UCLH, London, UK

 

2015   Kontratω: for it had turned to gold in his hand

             TAF (The Art Foundation), Athens, GR

 

           MFA Fine Art Interim Show

             Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK

 

2014   Slade Print Fair

             Slade Research Centre, UCL, London, UK

 

2013   Greek Seas Contest

           Benaki Museum,  Athens, GR

 

           GREAT - Their First Buildings 

             Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), Athens, GR

 

           Traces

             Vassiliades’ Coast Cultural Warehouse, Piraeus, GR

Talks & Screenings

2018   Kuala Lumpur National Art Gallery 8 July, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (T+S)

 

TU GRAZ Institute of Architecture and Media, 13 April, Graz, Austria (T+S)

 

Phoenix Brighton BPF18, 12 February, Brighton, UK (T+S)

2017   VENUE 24 December, Taipei, TW (S)

 

Jiang Shan Yi Gai Suo 22 December, Hsinchu, TW (T+S)

 

TAV Taipei Artist Village, 16 December, Taipei, TW (S)

 

TAV Taipei Artist Village, 27 October, Taipei, TW (T+S)

 

CVA - KHBU April 27, Kowloon, Hong Kong (T+S)

 

AVA - KHBU April 1, Kowloon, Hong Kong (T+S)

 

2016   Slade School Of Fine Art 3 August, UCL, London, UK (T) 

 

2012   NTUA School of Architecture, 24 February, Athens, GR (T) 

Residencies

2018   KLAF18

            10 weeks. Funded by Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival, Malaysia 

 

2017   TAV Air - Taipei Artist Village 

           10 weeks. Funded by the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Taiwan

 

           AVA Air - Academy of Visual Arts

           10 weeks. Funded by Hong Kong Baptist University, HK

2016   Summer School Residency 

             5 weeks, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

Selected publications

 

 

Books

 

2017   A+ Architecture: The Best of Architizer 2017

           Phaidon, Photographic illustration,  p.p. 240, ISBN: 978-071-4875613C 

 

           Microdwelling: Atlas for Architects | Sofia Vizoviti 

           University Studio Press, Photographic illustration

             p.p. 153, ISBN 978-618-80147-3-2

 

2014   To exofyllo derma tou chronou | Panos Oikonomou

           Photographic illustration & book cover, p.p. 37

             ISBN 978-618-80147-3-2

 

2013   4th Athens Biennale ‘AGORA’ | Anthology

             Photographic illustration, p.p. 220, ISBN 978-960-98893-3-9 (English Edition)

 

           4th Athens Biennale ‘AGORA’ | Guidebook 

             Photographic illustration, p.p. 235, ISBN 978-960-98893-2-2 (Greek Edition)

 

           GREAT 2013 | Greek Architectural Talent Awards

             GREAT 2013 - Their First Buildings’, p.p. 220, ISBN 678-960-86014-9-9 

            

             Ta fota sto vathos | Pella Soultatou

             Book cover, p.p. 126, ISBN 9789605371739

 

 

 

Magazines

 

2017   Architecture Today

            Envelope: The Olive Tree House, issue 281, UK  

 

            agitprop mag

            Featured artist, Issue 1, “Des/Information of the EU”.

            Printed at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

 

            EK - Architecture Plus Design

            'Two BMW showrooms in Athens', Best of 2017, Issue 223, Greece

 

            EK - Architecture Plus Design

           'Public nursery school in Glyfada', Best of 2017, Issue 223, Greece

 

            DOMES - International Review of Architecture magazine 

            'Holiday Home, Agios Nikolaos, Chalcidice', 06/16, Greece

 

            ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS 2017 - Hellenic Institute of Architecture 

            'Inside - Out', Greece

 

            EK - Architecture Plus Design 

            'Inside - Out', Issue 220, Greece

 

            EK - Architecture Plus Design 

            'Zurbaran Athens - bar restaurant in Kolonaki', Issue 220, Greece Greece

 

            ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS 2017 - Hellenic Institute of Architecture 

            'Public nursery in Glyfada', Greece

 

            EK - Architecture Plus Design 

            'Public nursery in Glyfada', Issue 220, Greece

 

            KTIRIO 

            'Public nursery in Glyfada'. Issue 09/17, Greece

 

            K

            'Back to simplicity', Kathimerini, Issue 723, Greece

 

            KTIRIO 

            'The new headquarters of  TaxiBeat in Kolonaki', Issue 03/2017, Greece

 

            BHmagazino 

            'In the shade', 19.03.2017, To Vima, Greece

 

2014   MAS Context 

             'An Obituary for the Greek City of Repetition', issue 21, Chicago, USA

 

2013   DOMES  - International Review of Architecture magazine

           ‘Yearbook of Greek Architecture’, issue 118/2013, Greece

 

           Athens Voice 

            Issue 428/2013, Greece

 

           KTIRIO 

            Issue 02/2013, Greece

 

2011   KTIRIO 

            Issue 231/2011, Greece

 

           Design + Art in Greece

             Annual Review, issue 41/2010, Greece

 

2009   OZON

             Issue 74/2009

 

2005   Design + Art in Greece

            Issue 36/2005

 

 

 

Online

 

2017   The Guardian 'Wěndìng fánróng: The contradictions of Hong Kong'.

 

DEZEEN 'Hong Kong's densely packed high-rises captured from above,

in drone movie by Mariana Bisti'.

 

Archdaily 'This Drone Video Captures the Mesmerizing Geometries of

The World's Most Vertical City'.

             

Guardian Cities 'Wěndìng fánróng: The contradictions of Hong Kong'.

 

INSIDEART 'Mariana Bisti's Hong Kong'.

 

LIFO 'Hong Kong as seen from above by a greek architect'.

HKFP 'Hong Kong’s maddening density explored by drone'.

Daily Review 'Mariana Bisti's meditative exploration of Hong Kong by drone'.

Architizer 'Zurbaran Bar/Cafe'.

Architizer 'Summer House in Halkidiki, Greece'. 

DOMUS 'The Olive Tree house'. 

DETAIL 'Perforated refuge: Olive Tree House in Chalkidiki'.

Divisare  'The Olive Tree house'. 

 

Arqa  'The Olive Tree house'. 

Archdaily 'Public nursery in Glyfada'. 

Archdaily 'The Olive Tree house'. 

Plataforma Arquitectura 'Guardería pública en Glyfada'.

ARCHISEARCH.GR 'Inside-Out' Seeks to Re-invent the Typology

of Polykatoikia.

   

OZON 'The reinvented Polykatoikia in Neo Psychiko, awarded by 

the Hellenic Institute of Architecture'.

ARCHISEARCH.GR 'The New Taxibeat Headquarters in Athens'.


LIFO 'Re-inventing the Greek Polykatoikia in Neo Psychiko'. 

Athensvoice 'The house in the emrbace of the olive tree'. 

 

2016   Photo Fringe 'Interview with Mariana Bisti - OPEN16 Solo shortlisted artist'.

 

            UCL NEWS ‘The New EU Flag’: art installation at UCL'

 

            UniPaper 'A new EU flag flies over UCL'.

 

           neweuropeans.org  'New Europe flags'.

 

           AVGI.GR  'The death of the European dream'.

 

            POPAGANDA 'Mariana Bisti raised a New EU Flag'.

 

            LIFO 'The New EU Flag, a work by Mariana Bisti'.

 

           ARCHISEARCH.GR  'Reintroducing the MAXXI Museum by Zaha Hadid

            Architects'.
 

2015   WIP 'The Greek Depression', issue 17.

 

2014   LIFO 'The outstanding gaze of Mariana Bisti aka murplejane'.  

 

2013   The Huffington Post ‘The Crisis and Art in Greece'.

 

2011   LIFO ‘Syntagma Sq: murplejane's chronicle'.