The political dimensions of printmaking (Doctoral thesis)

Γιακουμή, Διονυσία

This Phd thesis presents the political dimensions of printmaking, as these manifest in the artworks of the emblematic Greek printmaker Vasso Katraki. Printmaking, through its long historical relationship with book printing and thanks to the possibilities that it offers to artists for the creation of multiple originals, can facilitate the dissemination of ideas to a much wider audience than painting. Historically many artists used printmaking, not only for its special expressive features, but also in order to promote, support or question religious, social or political systems.The main aim of this thesis is to identify the political concerns and beliefs of Vasso Katraki and to explore whether these are expressed in her artwork. In order to achieve this aim the following objectives had to be met:•The production of a documented record of the artist’s artistic and social activity.•The creation of a documented catalogue of the maximum number of prints by Katraki.•The identification and documentation of Katraki’s drawings that were used as studies for her prints.•The analytical study and interpretation of the artworks and their connections with the historical context in which they were created. The thesis consists of four parts. Part one covers the life of Vasso Katraki and her involvement with printmaking from her early years at Art School to her later artistic achievements. Part two focuses on her artwork with comprehensive analysis of the form and the content of her prints; the works are placed in their historical context and connections are drawn between them and the artist’s personal life experiences (such as her and her husband’s political exile), as well as, her political concerns; when possible, her works are analysed in parallel with the works by other artists of her generation concerned with similar subject matter. Part three presents the political dimensions of printmaking through history and more specifically in Katraki’s work. Overtly political prints by important artist of the past are discussed, as these were sources of inspiration for Katraki. Subsequently, the political aspects of Katraki’s work are demonstrated, drawing on her sociopolitical activity and the analysis of her works that were presented in the previous parts. Part four includes the catalogue of works, the catalogue of exhibitions and the appendixes.In conclusion, Vasso Katraki created deeply political artworks of international acclaim and resonance. The artist made use of her international status and the possibility offered by printmaking to present and make available the same artwork in different places and different audiences simultaneously, in order to promote and defend globally the values of democracy and humanism.
Alternative title / Subtitle: η περίπτωση της Βάσως Κατράκη (1909-1988)
the case-study of Vasso Katraki (1909-1988)
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Φιλοσοφική Σχολή. Τμήμα Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίας
Subject classification: Κατράκη, Βάσω, 1914-1988
Keywords: Βάσω Κατράκη,Χαρακτική,Πολιτική,Vasso Katraki,Printmaking,Politics
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