Thursday 22nd August 2019
at 8-9pm GMT
A partial overview of writing happening in Athens, through a selection of recorded readings by Greek, Cypriot and Athens-based artists, writers and publishers.
With contributions from Margarita Athanasiou, Eleni Bagaki, Theo Chiotis, Dolce publications, Ioanna Gerakidi, Evi Kalogiropoulou and Maria Toumazou; presented by Erica Scourti
Opening music: Θέλω να κουβεντιάσω (I want to Talk) by Katerina Gogou, from Paragelia! (Pavlos Tassios, 1980)
Athens Art Book Fair
When: 7-8 September 2019
Where: Stoa Kairi, Kairi 6, 105 51 Athens, GR
Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis Theodoros Chiotis (Editor)
The Politics of Delivery (Against Poet-Voice) by Holly Pester
Artists bios/ links
Margarita Athanasiou is an artist and poet living in Athens Greece. She makes videos, memes and publications and is active in the local scene; she co-founded the Athens Art Book Fair, is one of the organisers of the Athens Festival of Queer Performance and is half of the musical duo “ZHMY”.
Eleni Bagaki is a visual artist with a Master’s in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, London. In her practice, she reflects on desire and contemporary relationships through personal experience and observation. Drawing inspiration from feminist/queer perspectives in the fields of cinema, literature and visual arts, her works emerge as stories, poems, films, songs, sculptures, or something else, and are usually presented in an exhibition context. She has been an-artist-in residence at Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island (2019), IASPIS, Stockholm (2018–2019), Pivô, Sao Paulo (2018), and Kantor Foundation, Krakow (2017). She received the NEON grant for artistic production in 2018, and the OUTSET grant for her exhibition A book, a film, and a Soundtrack, Radio Athènes, Athens (2017). She has exhibited at Signal (Malmö), New Studio (London), L’Inconnue (Montreal), Benaki Museum (Athens), Family Business (New York). She is based in Athens, Greece.
Theodoros Chiotis is the editor and translator of the anthology Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis (Penned in the Margins, 2015). Other publications include Screen (Paper Tigers Books, 2017) and limit.less: towards an assembly of the sick (Litmus, 2017). His work has appeared in Litmus, Datableed, Forward Book of Poetry 2017, 3:am, Adventures in Form, Shearsman, amongst others. His project Mutualised Archives received the Dot Award by the Institute for the Future of Book and Bournemouth University; he has also been awarded a High Commendation from the Forward Prizes for Poetry in 2017. His artist book a dataset of one’s own was part of the exhibition Around My Room.
Sina 62, Athens, Greece
Dolce is a publishing house that produces, distributes and occasionally prints artists’ books and related publications. Founded in Athens in 2017, situated in the book-making and publishing heart of the city -downtown- operates as a risoprinting studio running seminars and open days on a regular basis. Dolce publications are distributed in Greece and abroad and have been awarded in design competitions. Apart from the art books and publications dolce is also the publisher of the only crime fiction theory magazine in Greece and is expected to run its own series of crime fiction and other literature related works starting June 2019.
Ioanna Gerakidi is a writer, curator and educator based between Amsterdam and Athens. She holds a BA in Media and Communication Studies (University of Athens) and an MA in Critical Studies (Sandberg Instituut). Her research subjects rotate around philosophies of language and paralanguage and feminist, queer, performance and anti-colonial studies. Her work focuses on becoming with alternative methods of sociability, reaching the impossible, staying with the unknown. She has collaborated with and curated group shows/events for LIMA, Amsterdam Art, Athens Biennale, Hot Wheels Projects, Subrosa Space Athens, Stoa42 and Snehta Residency among others. Her texts, when acting as performative gestures, have been presented at Kunstverein Amsterdam, De Stroom, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, CAC Vilnius, Haus N Athen, Athens Festival, Performance Biennial, BIG – Biennale Interstellaire des espaces d’art de Genève more. She has contributed in several publications, platforms and magazines (such as Mousse, Collecteurs Platform and Mister Motley) and she has lectured, initiated and led workshops and reading groups for several academies and alternative educational programs in Europe, such as Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Rupert, Athens School of Fine Arts, Document & Contemporary Art PhD program, BAK and Noiserr among others. Some of her past and forthcoming residencies include: Rupert Residency, Syros Sound Meetings, Paf and NEON Curatorial Exchange Program. From September on she will be co-curating the program of State of Concept (Athens) and she will be mentoring the practices of Onassis Air Program’s participants (Athens).
Evi Kalogiropoulou is a visual artist studying and working in both in Athens and London. Evi has studied in Athens School of Fine Arts and she accomplishes a Master in Royal College of Art in Moving Image path. Now she is an Artsit in Residency in Somerset house Studios.Evi works mostly with moving image installations, experimental films, and sculpture; her projects explore ideas associated with the inclusion/exclusion, cross-culture identity, female figures in Ancient Greek mythology frames and sci-fi environments.
Maria Toumazou (b. 1989, Nicosia) is based in Nicosia, Cyprus. In her practice she rehearses gestures that mediate the tensions of material and affectual labour. She completed her BA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College where she was awarded The Nicholas and Andrei Tooth Travelling Scholarship in 2011 and her MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2014.In her practice, usually sculpture and writing, Maria Toumazou deconstructs “contemporary and traditional Cypriot working culture, embodying personal and politically charged themes.” A common thread links her interest in objects at the moment when form opens up towards alternative usage frameworks, and extends, in a similar way, to spaces, social groups and instances where autonomy, via the rethinking of once influential values and invisible bonds, emerges. Over the years Toumazou has initiated collaborative projects as part of her practice that stand as independent modes of production in themselves, such as Neoterismoi Toumazou (Neo Toum), a project space and collective based in Nicosia, and MARIA†. editions, a publishing imprint based between Nicosia and New York.
Recent shows include: Soft stone documents, curated by Jan Verwoert, Limassol Municipal Arts Centre – Apothekes Papadaki; Athens and Its Periphery in Regards to Contemporary Painting, curated by Hugo Wheeler, The Breeder Gallery, Athens; Chill-out Reading room, Independent projects booths, Art Athina; The Future of Color, The Cyprus Pavilion at Biennale Arte 2017, curated by Jan Verwoert, Venice; Terra Mediteranea: In Action, curated by Yiannis Toumazis, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre; Double Parrhesia, Catalyst Arts, Belfast; Vanity: How to burn bridges you haven’t built, curated by Evagoras Vanezis, Garage, Nicosia 2016: Bradleyxx, Glasgow International 2016, Across the City Programme; AyeBaDome:Super, curated by Peter Eramian, Thkio Ppalies, Nicosia;. dr.gum, Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri.