In the context of the #OccupyAtopos and with reference to the 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution, the artistic director of ATOPOS cvc, Vassilis Zidianakis, invites artist, historian, and researcher Alexis Fidetzis to curate the hybrid, ongoing project #RevoltingBodies. The project aims to integrate the Greek Revolution into a broader dialogue about the revolutionary phenomenon that to an extent defined modernity, immersing into the stories of the bodies upon which both the revolutionary action and the mythologies around it are imposed. Fidetzis transforms the neoclassical building at Salaminos 72 street into the Revolutionary Headquarters of Language and Image.
At the #RevoltingBodies / Exhibition I the exhibited artworks were semiotic references to revolutionary moments and narratives. These artworks do not constitute an aesthetic representation of the history of the notion of revolution, instead they present more of an outline of the methods through which contemporary societies metabolize the revolutionary imaginary. A series of pencil sketches coexist with large-scale prints, created wall installations. These artworks referred to gendered and racial identities of the revolutionary bodies while at the same time they highlighted the questionable lust for glorification in post-revolutionary societies. The statue of a beheaded Jacobin on a pedestal dominated the inner courtyard of the ‘Revolutionary Headquarters’ and was a constant reference to the violence imposed by and on the revolutionary bodies. While the library of Atopos was occupied by a video installation, which bombards the viewer with institutional and non-institutional representations of revolutionary actions.
The whole motley iconography homogenized aesthetically, through a specific color filter, a particular green shade that made it appearance in subcutaneous aspects of the history of the revolutions, from the reference to Robespierre as a spirit as pure as the green of the sea to the turquoise green ”Faberge” eggs of the Romanov estate that Stalin secretly sold to Western tycoons.
Fidetzis also curates the second part of the #RevoltingBodies exhibition and presents works by 23 artists from Greece and abroad, while he again asks theorists to grace the project and present their work on the notion of revolution.
The works presented deal with the revolutionary fantasy and the institutional methods of dealing with the past. They flirt with the subjectivity of the concepts of good and evil, and converse with approaches that negotiate the ways in which state mechanisms retell the stories of revolutions and impose them on future generations as formative national myths. As in the first part of the exhibition, the bodies involved in revolutionary histories play a significant role in these artistic formulations. Through their stories we can even see the way in which some historical subjects are hidden from the revolutionary narratives while others are transformed into the heroes that national mythology uses for centuries to come. The construction and reformulation of symbols is, after all, a structural element of the revolutionary fiction, whether they are elements of clothing, banners or the historical individuals.
Participanting artists: Nikos Arvanitis, Anastasia Douka, Anietie Ekanem, Eva Giannakopoulou & Persefoni Myrtsou, Marina Gioti, Alicia Grullon, Alexandros Kaklamanos, Dionysis Kavallieratos, Eleftheria Kotzaki, Aristidis Lappas, Lara Nasser, Nazanin Noroozi, Dimitris Papachristos, Ilias Papailiakis, Nefeli, Papadimouli, Shahpour Pouyan, Eva Stefani, Sasha Streshna, Theo Triantafyllidis, Maria Varela, Vangelis Vlachos, Michalis Zacharias, Michailangelos Vlassis-Ziakas.
AlexisFidetzis was born in Athens where he currently resides and works. He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and the Munich Kunstakademie while he got his MFA at the Pratt Institute in New York where he focused on research-based artistic practices. He is currently completing his second Master’s Degree in Modern Greek history at the School of Philosophy at the University of Athens. He is also a doctoral candidate at ASFA. Fidetzis uses historical research as a means of artistic creation in an effort to diagnose current social, cultural, and political issues. He is interested in the institutional management of collective social trauma alongside the ways in which power structures shape our common past.
is the artist residency programme of ATOPOS cvc. The main focus of the program is on interdisciplinary research and the study of contemporary visual culture of the human body. It will emphasize the embodied experience and the narrated character of the gendered and racialized body, personal and collective trauma, memory, systems of embodied cognition, as well as the relationship between the body, social justice, and ecology. Its mission is to observe and support the creative process of emerging artists, designers, curators and thinkers. 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.
About Alexis Fidetzis:
was born in Athens where he currently resides and works. He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and the Munich Kunstakademie while he got his MFA at the Pratt Institute in New York where he focused on research-based artistic practices. He is currently completing his second Master’s Degree in Modern Greek history at the School of Philosophy at the University of Athens. He is also a doctoral candidate at ASFA. Fidetzis uses historical research as a means of artistic creation in an effort to diagnose current social, cultural, and political issues. He is interested in the institutional management of collective social trauma alongside the ways in which power structures shape our common past.
Credits: Artistic Director: Vasilis Zidianakis, Curation: Alexis Fidetzis, Graphic Design: Vasilis Karkaletsis, Communication: Theodora Malamou, Production Coordinator: Katerina Sarri, Production Assistant: Steffi Stouri, Production: ATOPOS cvc, 3D modeling & printing: Christos Fousekis, Constructions & lighting: Alexandros Misirliadis, Art Mediators: Konstantinos Kotsis, Katerina Korre & Steffi Stouri
Special thanks to ARCAthens (Artist Residency Center Athens)
The program is organized with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
* for the duration of this program, the physical space of ATOPOS at Salaminos Street 72, Metaxourgeio, will be operating in accordance with the government’s precautionary measures against COVID-19.
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