Yiorgo Yiannopoulos is an emerging artist based in Sydney. He graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with First Class Honours (2015) and was the recipient of the Artereal Gallery Mentorship Award for his work in the SCA Undergraduate Degree Show (2015).
Yiannopoulos has presented work in solo exhibitions at AirSpace Projects in Sydney (2016) and PhotoAccess, Manuka Arts Centre in Canberra (2015). He has also participated in group exhibitions in various galleries, including 55 Sydenham Rd, Verge Gallery, aMBUSH Gallery and Gaffa Gallery as well as the performance Confessional at Free Fall, Oxford Art Factory.
He was also selected as a finalist in a number of national prizes including the Bowness Photography Prize (2014), the Hawkesbury Art Prize (2015), the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (2016) and the Feck: Art Prize as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival (2015).
Yiannopoulos’ first body of work, Checkmate, exhibited as part of his Sydney College of the Arts Honours grad show in 2015, presented an exploration of the sexual geography of Sydney’s metropolitan centre and the examination of sites of varying kinds in order to collate a body of work which speaks to the very nature of these spaces and identifies, illuminates and celebrates the way we function within them.
Marketplace (before) and Marketplace (after) are two works which visualise a comprehensive yet subjective map of the sexual city in order communicate its ever changing and clandestine nature.
These prints are maps made with droplets of semen that mark sexually transgressive spaces in Sydney – mostly public/semi public spaces like toilets but some are homes, saunas, parks, general cruising areas, etc. The placement of each droplet is accurate in relation to a traditional map of Sydney. So, Marketplace (before) naturally and Marketplace (after) is the semen once I’ve dripped a drop of the chemical from the CheckMate Infidelity Test Kit, into the semen. made with droplets of semen that mark sexually transgressive spaces in Sydney – mostly public/semi public spaces like toilets but some are homes, saunas, parks, general cruising areas, etc.