Greek Pavilion: A Peripheral Viewpoint at last!

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Artists Panos Charalambous, Eva Stefani, and Zafos Xagoraris
May 11–November 24, 2019
Giardini, Venice. Italy Italia

Panos Charalambous

Panos Charalambous (b. 1956, Acarnania, Greece) creates site-specific installations and public audiovisual presentations. Through in-progress units and sonic dance happenings, he is concerned with the “survival” potential of patterns, voices, sounds, ideas, feelings, and productive behaviors; “thinning” the prevalence of the present, and making new arrangements and distributions possible. Abdicating from the representational status quo, he pursues ionization through his own incidents of “en-act-ment.” At the same time, he explores his expressive ability as a subject within the “minor Modern Greek scene” and “indigenous establishment” of a multicultural environment.

He has participated in international group exhibitions, including: Voice-O-Graph & Flatus Vocis, documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, 2017; Genii Loci: Greek Art from 1930 to the Present, Saint Petersburg, 2016; Venice International Performance Art Week: The Dream of Antigone, Venice, 2016; White House Biennial, Varna, 2016; Break-Through, ARCO, Madrid, 2004; Eidos, Besançon, 2004; Copenhagen European Capital of Culture, 1996; Ogrody, Poznań, 1996; Kunst-Europa: Visual European Landscape, Berlin, 1991; Glasgow European Capital of Culture, 1990; Οut of Limits, Poznań, 1990; and 3rd Biennial of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe, Barcelona, 1987.

Solo shows include: Αquis Submersus, Athens, 2014–15; Tobacco Area 1986–2011, Athens, 2011; Voice-O-Graph, Athens, 2006–07; Phonopolis, Athens, 2003–04; Psychagogia II, Athens, 2001; 1496–2000 / como humo se va, Athens, 1999–2000; Psychagogia I: Recreation, Athens and Thessaloniki, 1997; ΙΧΘΥΣ, Athens, 1995; Concerning Fishing, Athens, 1992; and Story of Τobacco, Berlin, 1991 and Athens, 1990, 1988. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece under Nikos Kessanlis. Charalambous lives and works in Athens, where he is Rector of the School of Fine Arts.

Eva Stefani

Eva Stefani. Documentary filmmaker, visual artist, and poet, Eva Stefani (b. USA, 1964) uses video and super 8 film to make observational documentaries and short visual poems. Selected filmography includes Manuscript (2017), Virgin’s Temple (2017), Dimitris Papaioannou (2012), Bathers (2008), What Time Is It? (2007), The Box (2004), Acropolis (2001), and Athene (1995). She has been awarded international prizes, among: Principal Prize at the 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, National Quality Award from the Greek Ministry of Culture, International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI), and 1st Prize for Short Documentary at Cinéma du Réel, Paris.

She has participated in international art exhibitions, most recently documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2017). She is the head of the Film Series at Patakis Publishers in Athens, as well as the author of two lm books, Documentary: The Observation Game (Patakis, 2016) and 10 texts on Documentary (Patakis, 2007), and a book of poetic prose, Fin’s Hair (Polis, 2014).

She studied political science at University of Athens (BA); documentary filmmaking at Ateliers Varan, Paris; Cinema Studies at New York University (MA); and documentary at National Film & TV School, London. She finished her PhD on Ethnographic Filmmaking in 1997 at Panteion University, Athens. Stefani is Associate Professor of History and Theory of Cinema, Faculty of Theatre Studies, University of Athens, and a Visiting Professor at Freie Universität Berlin.

Zafos Xagoraris

Zafos Xagoraris. In his work, Zafos Xagoraris (b. Athens, 1963) often refers to historical details or disregarded events that he shifts to the present as if breathing life into a ghost. His research starts in situ or within
the exhibition context.

He has participated in various exhibitions such as Have We Met? Dialogues on Memory and Desire, Stamps Gallery, Ann Arbor, 2018; documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, 2017; Politiche della Natura, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara, 2016; PIGS, Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2016; No Country for Young Men, Bozar, Brussels, 2014; 4th Athens Biennale, 2013; Sotto Quale Cielo, Museo Riso, Palermo, 2011; Manifesta 7, Rovereto, 2008; 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, 2007; 1st Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, 2007; and 27th São Paulo Biennial, 2006. In 2015, he presented the outdoor installation Downhill Classroom commissioned by the Benaki Museum, Athens, and in 2016, The Performance for NEON 
City Project, Athens. During 2017–19, he organized the educational project Dismantling Devices
 with the collaboration of Onassis Cultural Centre at six elementary schools in Athens. He has been invited to present his work at universities, including: Iuav, Venice; School of Visual Arts, New York; Academy of Fine Arts, Munich; Academy of Fine Arts, Palermo; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and School of the Art Institute, Chicago.

He was one of the curators of the Greek Pavilion at the 9th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2004),
 and the 2nd Athens Biennial (2009). He has been a Visiting Professor at Universities of Sassari
and Patras, a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, and a Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence at University of Michigan. He is currently Professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under an Onassis Foundation scholarship. He was awarded his PhD on the construction of miracles by the “Hero of Alexandria,” National Technical University of Athens. Xagoraris lives and works
in Athens.



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