Track Two, Parting Softly
Ends 11 March 2024
SmythStasinaki is the collaborative identity of Belfast-based artists Vasiliki Stasinaki and Ronan Smyth.
Track Two, Parting Softly builds upon the artists' dual approaches, through experimental site-specific installation and craft-based practices.
Expanding on the artists' longstanding interests in privacy and surveillance, for this exhibition at PS², they will create and re-create uncanny domestic interiors, candid conversations and amorphous structures which traverse what is seen and unseen, what is heard and unheard, and what is or isn't illuminated.
About the artists
Ronan Smyth is a visual artist and researcher based in Belfast, who is currently completing a practice-based PhD with Belfast School of Art. He has trained as a fine artist specialising in research surrounding social class and queer identity within the contexts of contemporary craft. He is currently a member of Flax Art Studios, where he regularly contributes to exhibitions, mentorship activities, production residencies and collaborations. Most recently, Ronan was commissioned to develop and independently oversee a public engagement programme for Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
Vasiliki Stasinaki is a multidisciplinary artist based at QSS in Belfast and a PhD researcher at Belfast School of Art. She studied dance at the Greek National Opera Dance School and at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She holds an MFA Fine Art from Belfast School of Art and an MRes in Art and Design from Sint Lucas Antwerp. Her work has been shown in Safehouse Peckham, Camden Image Gallery, Menier Gallery London, Platform Arts Belfast, Catalyst Belfast, PS2 Belfast, QSS Belfast, CCA Glasgow, Morpho Antwerp, Draiocht Gallery and Mart Gallery Dublin. In 2018 she was awarded Ulster University’s Greer Carson Film Award for her video work Diamanti Daxtylidi. She is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by Belfast City Council and she was recently awarded the SIAP-Artist International Development Fund to undertake a three-month residency at Morpho Antwerp. Her work Motherland is Calling was part of Array Collective’s Turner Prize winning installation and is now part of Ulster Museum’s permanent collection.