Iliana Theodoropoulou

La journée d’une Ursuline

This is an exhibition of 350 clay figures of Ursuline nuns, in the former Ursuline Convent and School, in Loutra, Tinos

The Ursulines is a monastic order of the Catholic Church which was founded in the 16thcentury by St. Angela Merici in Italy. Traces of the first Ursuline nuns on Tinos date from 1704. In 1862 they chose the picturesque village of Loutra  surrounded by abundant vegetation to found their convent, a majestic architectural structure.

Iliana Theodoropoulou’s installation connects seamlessly with this poetic building. The figures of the nuns, displayed across the wooden floor of the music room seem to have a natural relationship with the convent. The figures are rendered in an unembellished way, simplified forms and colour. Each one is made individually, without using a mould , therefore every figure is unique. One could say that as in reality, in Iliana’s work, the value of the unit creates the dynamic of the whole.


Nikos Podias, curator”