Nov 24 - Dec 21 2022

ATOPOS cvc

Salaminos 72
104 35 Athens
Free entry / pre-booking

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Can a white, unrippable, resistant material become the starting point for an exhibition that focuses on lived experience, identity, and oppositional forms of expression from the 1970s to the present day?

The artistic director of ATOPOS cvc, Vassilis Zidianakis announces The Tyvek Projectan exhibition that is part of its Research Programme, RRRIPP!!  a series of projects that take as their subject holdings from the collection.

The Tyvek Project was devised in collaboration with Mata Dimakopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), and Electra Stampoulou & Vassilis Vlastaras (Athens School of Fine Arts) and started with two items from the ATOPOS collection: a Tyvek jacket like the one that the American poet James Merrill ‘wore’ in “Self Portrait in Tyvek Windbreaker,” an autobiographical poem informed by the poet’s anxiety for his own ailing body, and his discontent vis-à-vis environmental degradation and globalised capitalism; and a white Tyvek suit, hand-stamped by artists of the New York experimental and avant-garde scene of the late 1970s.

Participating artists engage with the mass-produced hyper-resistant material and reflect on urban decay, crisis and austerity, intimacy and queer experiences. This body of work was produced in the context of workshops that conjoined research, theory, and art practice and took place at the Athens School of Fine Arts in the fall of 2021 and 2022.

The exhibition and related events are curated and organised by Elena Koumarianou, Lydia Panagou, and Caterina Stamou.

Duration of Exhibition:
24 November – 21 December 2022

 Opening Hours
Wednesday 16:00- 20:00
Thursday & Friday 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday 13:00 – 17:00

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Academic Organisers:
Stamatina Dimakopoulou teaches US literature and culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. With a background in comparative literature and publications in transatlantic dialogues across literature and the visual arts, she is currently researching various art forms and poetry from the 1970s to the present day, focusing on vulnerability, home/lessness and reciprocity. She is a founding member and co-editor of the peer-reviewed e-journal, Synthesis, an Anglophone Journal of Comparative Literary Studies. With Anne Reynes-Delobel, she has launched Transitive Modernities, a project linking education and research under the auspices of CIVIS, the European Civic University. She also and participates in the CIVIS projects, CARE-Care, Agency, Repair, Engagement in Alternative Modern(c)ities, and PostRacial Trans-Modernities.

Elektra Stampoulou engages in art and research. Her practice mainly develops around questions related to narrative, dissemination, iterability, the undecidable, and the enchanting. Her work, usually in the form of installations, performances, and texts, wavers between the fictional and the factual. Employing time-dependent processes, various media, and often tactile and olfactory components, she attempts to explore among others, shared experience, agency, indeterminacy, and the digressive. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Athens School of Fine Arts on an IKY scholarship and carries out artistic research in Berlin under the auspices of Stiftung Berliner Leben. She holds a BA in English literature from NKUA, an integrated MFA in visual arts from ASFA, and an MPhil in ethics from NKUA.

Vassilis Vlastaras is Professor of Fine Art at the Athens School of Fine Arts. As an artist and researcher, is interested in public and private memory, an investigation that often leads him to the archive, using reports and journalistic sources from the media. Acting sometimes as an “activist” and others as an “ethnographer” he often highlights forms of documentation and narrative, that broadens his artistic research. Creating files and documentaries, getting ownership of publicity mechanisms, conducting interviews, statistical studies and online activity are some of the forms of structure and development of his artistic identity. Statistical surveys, public records, social criticism, surveys of economic and cultural operation, mark the beginning of many of his activities, forming his personal view-point in his practice as an active artist and tutor.

Curating and Public Programme:
Elena Koumarianou holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she currently studies as an MA student in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Lydia Panagou has completed her studies at the School of Fine Arts, in the Department of History and Theory of Art.  She is a member of the Athens Art Book Fair team, as well as an active member of Fade Radio, an independent, community-oriented platform based in Athens.

Katerina Stamou is a curator and SNF (Stavros Niarchos Foundation) Fellow (2022) in the field of curating. She is a PhD candidate in the English Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Participating Artists:

Semeli Avramioti
Erifyli Angelopoulou
Eleftheri Amolochiti
Alexandra Apsokardou
Ariadni Delimitrou
Eleni Dermitzaki
Orestis Dimitriou
Sophia Kapourani
Eleni Karakou
Despoina Katsikosta
Katerina Korre
Elena Koumarianou
Alexandra Krokou
Maria Labrinidi
Antonia Mamasoula & Nikolas Raptis
Charis Mavroulias
Triantafylia Douroupi
Kyriaki Osogia
Ellie Papadopoulou
Christina Rossi
Katerina Skordou
Elena Stigka
Alexis Tetsis
Maritina Tselepi
Tatiana Choremi
Alma-Clara Juarez