Nov 17 - 20 & 24 - 26 2021

AN INSTALLATION BY KONSTANTINOS KOTSIS

ATOPOS cvc

72 Salaminos str.
104 35 Athens
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In the context of the #OccupyAtopos #AlexisFidetzis #RevoltingBodies / Exhibition I, ATOPOS invites the artist Konstantinos Kotsis to present the  installation ABROSEXUAL.

With ABROSEXUAL, Tte artist introduces us to the collection of Themis Ragias.
Ragias’ cabinet of curiosities consists of small decorative objects featuring symbols, emblems and ensigns. These ‘objets d’art’ are inspired by folkloric art, even though they are mostly mass produced for the tourist market. His collection is a compilation of notations and symbolic meanings associated with the dominant, national narrative of Greece, from the interwar onwards. Therefore the term Abrosexual refers to the collection as an assemblage of charming, elegant objects, dressed with a fluid and changing meaning.
The artist has curated Ragias’ collection, in the context of #RevoltingBodies / Exhibition I, as a formation of the mutual fascination, both of them, for the declining trajectory of symbols. Following his constructive practice, the artist has designed a structure specifically for ATOPOS cvc’s space. The construction facilitates the configuration of the objects. The installation in its entirety suggests the embodiment of the dialogue between the artist and the collector.

About the artist:
Konstantinos Kotsis (b. 1989, Athens) is a visual artist with a bachelor and a master degree from the Department of Fine Arts and Arts Sciences, of the School of Fines Arts of the University of Ioannina, Greece. He has also attended UFR Arts, Philosophie, Esthétique department of the University Paris 8 in Paris. In 2019 he tοοκ part in the SNF Artist Fellowship Program, ARTWORKS. He is elaborating his research and his special interest about construction through several mediums and participatory practises. Works of his have been exhibited in several group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, with most important among them being the following: Unhappy Monuments (2020, OPANDA & ARTWORKS, Eleftherias Park, Athens), Curved Arrows (2019, Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Vienna), Constellations In The Dirt (2018, ΝEON, Kouphonisi Archaeological Collection, Kouphonisi), Acropolis At The Bottom (2018, Nikos Kessanlis Hall, Athens School Of Fine Arts, Athens), Notes On Division, The Kids Want Communism Third Instalment (2017, Museum Of Bat Yam, Israel) In The Mouth Of The Wolf. Die Wolf, Die (2014, House Of Cyprus, Embassy Of Cyprus, Athens). His first solo show In Standing Waters (2021, CLOSING SOON, Athens) was exploring how a transition in the public sphere is constructed.

Artworks of Themis Ragias collection were also displayed: ”The Non-Existent Hand” Remap 3, Hotel Galini, 2011 (curation: Kostas Sahpazis), “The Magic Circle, Loraini Alimantiri Gazon Rouge, 2012 (curation: Loraini Alimantiri & Christoforos Marinos), ”Hell As Pavilion”, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, 2013 (curation: Nadia Argyropoulou), ”In Praise of Chance and Failure”, Family Business gallery, Chelsea, New York City, 2013 (curation: Maurizio Cattelan & Massimiliano Gioni), ”At Table and in Bed”, Andreas Melas & Helena Papadopoulos Gallery, 2013, ”The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945”, MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art - MOMus, 2013 (curation: Denys Zacharopoulos & Alexios Papazacharias), Spyros Papaloukas: “Designs and studies from private collections”, National Bank of Greece National Foundation - Paxinou-Minotis Museum (ΜΙΕΤ), 2019-20 (curation: Markos Kampanis), ”Something of Exquisite Beauty”, Gallery ELika, 2016 (curation: Elli Kanata).

Presentation of Installation: 17 – 20 & 24 – 26 of November

Days & Hours:
Wednesday, 14:00 – 20:00
Thursday & Friday, 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday, 12:00 – 16:00

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