Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 by Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Polyeco Group Executive Chairman, in an attempt to raise awareness on environmental and social issues through contemporary art. The transition to moving image in the last decades as a dominant expressive medium is the main reason for PCAI’s primary focus on video and film.
PCAI works on special commissions, mainly of moving image art, assigned to mid-career and emerging Greek and international artists. It has supported, collaborated or been connected to various important museums, cultural organizations and institutions, including the Venice Biennial, the Lahore Biennale, the EMST, the British Council, the Onassis Foundation, the French Institute, the Loop Festival in Barcelona and so on.
Since 2018 part of the PCAI Collection has been exhibited in Polyeco Group headquarters in an innovative space that was designed by architect Margarita Xatzakou, who took into consideration the environmental and artistic engagement of the company. In 2019, PCAI announced the launch of the PCAI Residency, an innovative artist-in-residence program focusing on environmental awareness through video art. More than 400 artists from all over the world applied to the first PCAI Residency Open Call, whereas the selection committee consisted of Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director, Krist Gruijthuijsen, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Director, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, PCAI Director and Founder, and Kika Kyriakakou, PCAI Artistic Director.
Furthermore, PCAI has been awarded for its cultural and educational work on various occasions. In 2018, the organization was awarded in the Corporate Art Awards in the European Parliament in Brussels and in the ISWA Conference in Kuala Lumpur; in 2019, PCAI was awarded during the Corporate Responsibility Awards (Aristia) and the Bravo Sustainability Awards. Since 2018, PCAI is a proud member of the International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art IACCCA, a unique network whose members represent the best of the corporate collections of the contemporary art community, including Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Fidelity Investments, Gazprom Bank, Statoil. On November 2019, PCAI hosted the first IACCCA members meeting in Athens, Greece, where various issues were discussed including company employees and their engagement with corporate art collections.
Believing that environmental consciousness should be cultivated at an early age, PCAI has designed an innovative educational program for children in an attempt to raise environmental awareness through digital art. These programs have been presented in schools and institutions in Greece, Oman and Mauritius, including the Athens Science Festival, the Piraeus Municipal Theatre and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center SNFCC, amongst others.
1. Eva Papamargariti, Always a body always a thing (2017) © PCAI Collection
2. Efi Spyrou, Metamorphoses (2014) © PCAI Collection
3. Wu Tsang, One Emerging Point of View, Sharjah Biennial 14, installation shot | Supported by PCAI