ATOPOS cvc welcomes Alexis Fidetzis as the main artist for the programme #OccupyAtopos2021, designed to mark the 200 year anniversary of the Greek revolution. Fidetzis will curate the hybrid, ever-evolving project #Revolting Bodies, where his own personal artistic practice will interact with that of invited contributors and collaborators.
The project aims to integrate the Greek Revolution into a broader dialogue about the revolutionary phenomenon that to an extent defined modernity, avoiding the glorious, grand narratives and immersing into the stories of the bodies upon which both the revolutionary action and the mythologies around it are imposed. Bodies defined by gender or race, factual or mythical, tender and brutal, glorified and beheaded. Through these bodies we will see the revolution as something more than an archetypical battle between good and evil. We will investigate the means of turning the individual into a hero and also the revolutionary narrative into a structural element of the national imagination.
#RevoltingBodies will take over the entire physical and virtual space of ATOPOS, transforming its neoclassical building in downtown Athens into its ''Revolutionary headquarters''. A series of installations, actions, workshops and publications will be presented through the participation of theorists and visual artists from Greece and abroad. The project will conclude with a group exhibition that will take place from October to December 2021.
#OccupyAtopos is the Residency programme of ATOPOS cvc, curated by Vassilis Zidianakis, co-founder and Artistic Director of the organization. It is interested in the interdisciplinary research and study of the contemporary visual culture of the human body.
The programme consists of a series of residences with workshops that produce site specific installations and exhibitions, publications, lectures and discussions, performances, videos, experimental sounds and other forms of original collaboration. Its mission is to observe and support the creative process of emerging artists, designers, curators and thinkers. It researches and initiates innovative projects of contemporary visual culture in an ‘atopic’ manner.
The word ‘atopos’, from the ancient Greek word ''ἄτοπος'', means out of space and out of the way and refers to that which is strange, unwonted, eccentric and disgusting, but also to the foul and the unclassifiable.
Those who have participated to date have been, amongst others, The Callas, Craig Green, Ren Hang, Bouchra Khalili, Nevin Aladag, Daniel Knorr, Imbrahim Mahama, FYTA, Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou, Aimee Le, Tomashi Jackson.