Rika Krithara is a visual artist born in Athens, Greece.
Her work includes video installations, sculpture and photography. Field work in remote mountain locations has been an integral part of her creative process. The artist is in awe before the mountains, which are her creative obsession. In her 2002 work for the Averoff Museum exhibition, she produced a large scale installation titled Ravine, a double projection on two screens forming a narrow, claustrophobic passage with rapid projection of rocky mountain walls and water. In Ravine, the arrival at the passage reach the symbolic difficulty of the passing from one world to another.
Her projects related to the wilderness of the mountain world are about the concept of isolation and perception of reality in the mountains, the relation of the atom with the infnite, and the space in between, environmental issues and historical memory. The Mountain and nature are presented as a summary of poetic revelation.
Shots are delivered in intense, rapid rhythm, with the images flickering, crossing each other, interrupted by pauses, a break up of the flow.
The pause lessen the highly charged atmosphere arising from the intensity of the rapid alternation of clips and rhythms. The rhythms are related to the rhythms of a metronome, but also to the recording of inner rhythms and processes used by the artist in the rendering of the chosen external reality.
She engages with places she has loved for long, and highlights the deterioration of nature, the lost waters, and the damage caused by humans. Krithara's works about the environmental destruction of the planet in the anthropocene are merged with her involvement with issues of historical memory in remote mountain areas.
Since 2015, she has being exploring invisible lines and historical layers on the mountain range of central Greece through hikes and open discussions, for a project she has founded, Counter-Memory Project
Rika Krithara studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Since her first solo exhibition in 2000, she has had six solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions and many artist-run projects in Greece and other countries such as Exercises on Democracy, The Creation of the Image, Interfaces, Microgeographies, Utopia, Off-shore project. Krithara has exhibited her work at institutions and museums including museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki;The Foundation of the Hellenic World, Athens: Averoff museum; Tehnopolis, Athens.
Her upcoming solo exhibition is about Mount Analogue, based on René Daumal's unfinished book Mount Analogue (1939).
Mount A is a series of fragments of "found" documentation from an assumed ascent to Mount Analogue, fragments of images, videos, sounds and sculpture. This project that started in 2018, approaches the quest of the Sublime on the edge of mountain mysticism and explores the ascent as a lost-found knowledge that bridges oblivion and enlightenment.