DIRECTOR | ARTIST

Vera Iona Papadopoulou is a visionary film and performance director, as well as an interdisciplinary artist. Born into a multicultural family in Kiev, Ukraine, to a Greek father and a Ukrainian-Russian mother, she moved to Greece at the age of two and grew up there. Her work delves deeply into the living narratives of real stories, unraveling the intricate layers of human identity, spirituality, and the transformative power of the body and mind, all with the aim of fostering positive change and personal growth.

With a portfolio that spans performances, documentaries, films, and videos, Vera uses personal confessions as a key research tool to explore themes of identity, otherness, gender, violence, movement, and displacement. Her work often intertwines spirituality and self-discovery, creating a rich tapestry of human experience.

Vera’s educational background is as diverse as her artistic interests. After finishing school in Greece, she moved to Ukraine to earn a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture (OGASA). Then she studied Film Direction at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, and later returned to Greece to complete a Master’s in Digital Art at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA). She has also studied stage design with Maria Chaniotaki and participated in extensive workshop on Theodoros Terzopoulos’ method. Additionally, she attended ICA Moscow’s program “The Problems of Contemporary Art – New Art Strategies.” This multifaceted education has given her a unique perspective that breathes life into her creations.

Her films have been showcased at festivals worldwide, and she has collaborated with prominent figures in performance and visual arts, including Marina Abramović and Yoko Ono. Vera’s work has been featured in esteemed museums and galleries across Greece, Russia, the United States, England, Romania, Estonia, and Ukraine, such as GARAGE, Cookhouse Gallery, Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery, Kappatos Gallery, MSIO, Solyanka State Gallery, MoMA PopRally, and more. Additionally, she has directed performances, curated, and organized exhibitions and performance art festivals in both urban and online spaces.

Beyond her artistic pursuits, Vera is deeply engaged in spiritual practices and the exploration of the mind’s potential for transformation. She holds a Yoga Alliance RYT200 diploma and has been involved in various spiritual practices since 2010. These experiences are seamlessly integrated into her creative process, infusing her work with elements of mindfulness, embodiment, and spiritual inquiry.

As the founder of Full Flight Productions, a video, documentary, and new media production company, Vera specializes in empowering social impact stories. She draws inspiration from real people and transformative stories, grounding her artistic vision in the fusion of new media, documentary cinema, performance art, spirituality, and the exploration of identity. Through this convergence, she crafts narratives that invite audiences into immersive journeys of self-discovery and artistic exploration.