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About the artist

Nikos Markou (Athens, 1959) studied mathematics at the University of Athens but has been working as a photographer artist since 1980. He has had fifteen solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in Greece and abroad, has participated in over sixty group shows and has won awards and distinctions in photography contests. The oeuvre of Nikos Markou has been published in two monographs: Geometries, texts by Costis Antoniadis & Olga Daniilopoulou, (Adam, 2000) and COSMOS, text by Iraklis Papaioannou (tetarto, 2004).

About the exhibition

Photographer Nikos Markou selects spaces which he defines as a personal "Topos" — a private point of reference.

His Topos of urban or other decontextualized landscapes leads towards a clear or unclear horizon which renders them deliberately finite. The human presence is either nonexistent or merely hinted at—but its impact is all too visible: pollution, environmental destruction, deterioration of nature, distortion of the physiognomy of the place. In the images of Athens, degradation has evolved into an everyday experience, but similar elements can be discerned out of town, such as the half-sunken ship that dissects the horizon and the sea in Eleusis. Even the lotus flowers in the Corinthian landscape hint at the loss of memory more than at blossoming and bounty.

Here the photographer aims to generate a semi-objective impression as he invisibly intertwines natural and artificial elements. His “topos” is constructed via the framing of his chosen subject.


Constantin Xenakis
June 27 - October 4, 2020

Archaeological Museum of Poros
Koryzi Square
18020 Poros Island

(+30) 697 9989 684

Opening Hours
Mon, Wed-Sun: 08.30-16.00

About the artist

1931 - 2020. Constantin Xenakis was born in 1931 in Cairo (Egypt). He studied Architecture and Interior Design at the École Supérieure des Arts Modernes and Painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière (1956-61). He taught at the Schiller College and at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Berlin (1970, DAAD grant). He settled permanently in France in 1973. He taught at the École Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique (Cachan), he participated in educational committees and he presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He held the retrospective exhibition “The Return of the Artist: 1958-1996” in Alexandria and Cairo (1996). He exhibited his autobiographical series “The Book of My Life” in three parts (1995, 1997, 2003) in Greece, and in 2003 he organized a retrospective exhibition, with works of 20 years (State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki). Two monographs have been published on his work so far in Greek (1995 and 2009). He was awarded the “Pierre Delmas” prize by the Institute de France (1996).

About the exhibition

The multifaceted visual idiom of Constantin Xenakis is inspired by signs and symbols that span the spectrum from the ancient worlds of Egypt and Greece to contemporary reality: urban structures, computer systems, the chaotic internet. He charts and codifies, combines elements from past and present, documents and denounces the impasses of communication, the lack of understanding, the contemporary world's failure to connect.

His works unify time and space, since questions like these have always engendered a universal preoccupation. They unfold along an axis of repetition / juxtaposition / layering, a codified image of contemporary culture. In this way the artwork becomes a means of ideological critique to the current sociopolitical system.

The emblematic work in the series at the Museum is a map of Greece, a chart of the sea—"la mer grecque". As always in the mapping works of Xenakis, the objective documentation is chaotically mingled with symbols-references that are personal or cultural in a broader sense. The charted Aegean Sea is presented as a "mosaic of shipwrecks"; a Greek sea that acts as both an intercultural cradle and a hub of Greek tragedy. It must be remembered that the Aegean is the predominant marine point of reference throughout Greek history, political and cultural alike, and hence a timeless element of Greek and Greek-born identity.