Originally from Athens, Greece, Konstantina Benaki-Chatzispasou moved to London in 2019. She has recently completed an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. She previously attained a BA in Graphic Design at the Technological Institute of Athens. Her professional background includes three years of experience in advertising agencies, focusing on art direction and graphic design.
Konstantina’s main interests revolve around linguistics and site-specific projects. She focuses more on the process rather than the final outcome. Her creative practice involves participatory projects and workshops that can generate discussions around communication systems, semiotics, authorship, and power structures related to dominant narratives, through experimental and performative activities.
In June 2020, Konstantina collaborated on the PR team with Nayonika Gosh and Aparna Ashok for Typographic Singularity, an annual celebration of typography and language in creative practice. During the Typographic Singularity event, the team designed a roundtable discussion with Adrian Shaughnessy (host), Nadine Chahine and Zach Lieberman (guest speakers).
For the RCA WIP Show 2021, Konstantina designed and facilitated (participated and co-hosted) inSITE, a collaborative 3-day digital event. Together with VisCom fellow students - namely, Anastasia Arjalies, Wing Shan Wong (Pat), Leonidas Anagnostou, Myrna Marianovits, Yan Li, Yimin Qiao, and Lothar Wiessmann - decided to organise inSITE to highlight the spatial and methodological aspects of site-specificity as a feature in one's creative practice. For this event, three artists, Emeric Lhuisse, David Roberts and Anna Hart, were invited to open each day by presenting their work. Following each lecture, different students led short workshops or introduced the audience to their practice, giving rise to extended discussions around those.
During 2020-2021, Konstantina has been working, as a designer-in-residence for Fugitive Voices together with Myrna Marianovits, Maya Gulieva, Louise Gholam, Ruozhu Li, Can Yang, Andrea Siso, Vicky Evans, Phoebe Hayes and, for The Walkative Project, with Nayonika Ghosh.
For the RCA 2021 degree show, Konstantina and Camille Le Flem, Can Yang, and Claudia Battisti will facilitate Interpretive Practices, a 2-day event, a physical workshop, and a digital roundtable with two guest artists, Georgia Lupi and Charlotte Lengersdorf. Participants will be investigating different types of visual languages and interpretive translation mechanisms through this event, celebrating the diversity of methodologies that exist in various creative practises.
RCA Visual Communication 2021 graduates are pleased to introduce TERMINAL, a concept-led final year show taking place at the Ugly Duck between 27- 30 June 2021. Konstantina is part of the Coordination team alongside Louise Gholam and Carmo Pinheiro de Melo, as well as the Catalogue team with Camille Le Flem, Costas Kalogeropoulos, Amir Saidani, Maya Gulieva and Carmo Pinheiro de Melo.