2014 - 2017
72 Salaminos str.
104 35 Athens
Photograph: Photoharrie. Source: http://popaganda.gr/o-david-marinos-kani-tin-proti-tou-atomiki-ekthesi-sta-16
Occupy Atopos Residency originated in 2014 in the Atopos headquarters in the heart of Athens. Its mission is to observe and assist in a supportive way the creative process and progress of contemporary artists and it is curated by Vassilis Zidianakis, Artistic Director of ATOPOS cvc.
Occupy Atopos Residency is hosted in the Atopos building in 72 Salaminos str, which has been declared a historic monument and a work of art by the Greek Ministry of Culture. In its primary state it was a typical Athenian residence of 1912 with several, often connecting, rooms and storage spaces, attics, a courtyard, a loggia on the upper floor and neoclassical influences but also modern form quests of the time. In old Athens the beautiful yard of 72 Salaminos str, with its well and ceramic pots filled with trees and flowers, functioned as a gathering point for all the inhabitants of the building, a communal space where people met and news were exchanged.
In 2006 the residence on Salaminos street was renovated in a manner which managed to preserve the original form of the building reproducing the slightest detail with great respect. The unique architectural design of the building with its successive rooms and areas makes it an ideal artist residency space, a meeting point where creative ideas are born and artists meet.
The Occupy Atopos Residency programme started during the UNLOCKED project and on many occasions the artists in residence present their work through exhibitions, site specific installations, murals, zines, videos or performances in the building of Atopos cvc. Atopos cvc has proudly announced its collaboration with documenta 14 in Athens in the context of its artist residency programme from September 2016 to July 2017. So far the following artists have participated in the residency programme of Atopos cvc: