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AMVRAKIA.MIA

Panos Charalambous
AMVRAKIA.MIA
March 21 - May 11, 2024
Athens

19 Patriarchou Ioakim
4th floor
10675 Athens
Greece

(+30) 210 7235 226

Opening Hours
Tue, Thu, Fr: 11.00-20.00
Wed, Sat: 11.00-16.00

About the artist

Panos Charalambous (1952-) lives and works in Athens. His oeuvre include performances, happenings and installations that often encompass sound, video, photography, found objects, archival material, or mixed-media works. His work evokes the notion of time and loss. It addresses locality and also scavenges the deeper kinships among different cultures in a non-linear manner. Panos Charalambous redefines the importance of the European South as a periphery. With a social-anthropological approach he creates a dynamic between past and present ways of being. Panos Charalambous has participated in exhibitions internationally, including: 58th Venice Biennale (at the Greek National pavilion), Venice, Italy (2019); documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017); White House Biennial, Varna (2016); eidos, Besançon (2014); Break-Through, Madrid (2004); Cultural Capital of Europe, Copenhagen (1996); and Kunst-Europa, Berlin (1991). Solo shows in Greece include: AMVRAKIA MIA (2024) Epigrafomena, Poros (2022), Aquis Submersus (2014-15); Tobacco Area 1986-2011 (2011); Voice-O-Graph (2006-07); Phonopolis (2003-04); Psychagogia II (2001); 1496-2000 / como humo se va (1999-2000); and Psychagogia I: Recreation (1997). In 2015, he was awarded by the Association of Art Critics – AICA HELLAS for the exhibition AQUIS SUBMERSUS. He was elected professor emeritus and served as Rector of the Athens School of Fine Arts during the period 2014-2019.

About the exhibition

On Thursday, 21 March 2024, CITRONNE Gallery – Athens is pleased to present Panos Charalambous' solo exhibition AMVRAKIA.MIA.

It is an installation consisted of sound sculptures, wall-mounted works and videos. Motifs that permeate the entirety of an oeuvre that is based on research and personal experiences complement one another and generate new, contemporary connections. The outcome is a «performative landscape», a «tableau vivant», an ensemble of material and immaterial documents: sounds, objects, memorabilia, impressions, mnemonic elements and archival material that allude to a past, productive agrarian world and its culture.
 
The in situ installation AMVRAKIA.MIA, especially made for CITRONNE Gallery, spreads throughout its premises and creates a juxtaposition between the architecture of an urban apartment and the extensive rural, open-air space. It weaves connections that instead of returning to the past render it relevant to the present. 
 
As in the works that Panos Charalambous presented at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019, Greek Pavillion) and documenta 14 (Athens, Kassel, 2017), he draws ideas and inspiration from his place of origin, the region of Xiromero in Akarnania. He projects the distinct character of the periphery as a prominent constituent of an artistic «strategy». Adopting an anthropological-ethnographic and experimental approach, he transcribes motifs of a local, folk culture and explores its surviving influence on the present day.
 
The exhibition is supplemented by the edition AMVRAKIA.MIA (CITRONΝΕ Gallery and Kastaniotis Editions). Texts in English and Greek by: Panos Charalambous, Panos Panopoulos, Tatiana Spinari-Pollalis, Thomas Symeonidis and Marina Fokidis.


Liminality

Group Show
Liminality
January 18 - March 2, 2024
Athens

19 Patriarchou Ioakim
4th floor
10675 Athens
Greece

Telephone
(+30) 210 7235 226

About the artists

Maro Fasouli (1980) was born in Athens where she lives and works. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (2000-2005), where she also completed her postgraduate studies at the Department of Visual Arts (2009).

In her work she re-examines traditional art and architecture at their coir, bringing to the surface relationships between embodied practices, labour and gender. The embodied practices of measurement and construction and fieldwork that characterize her work focus on notions of individuality and the collective, as well as issues of human intervention in the environment. She is a founding member of the visual arts group Under Construction Group (2008).

She has been awarded the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation Art Prize for her work (2023) and has also received the Stavros Niarchos Foundation ARTWORKS Fellowship (2021). She has held two solo exhibitions: The Nightmare of Persephone, (Tinos, 2023), Limassol after the development of what? (Limassol, 2022), Weaving Worlds, Deree, American College of Greece (Athens, 2022), Four-plus one Elements, Kinono Artist Residency, (Tinos, 2022), AthenSYN II: GOING VIRAL, Gallery Steinzeit, (Berlin, 2022), Idyllia Odos, Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens, (Athens, 2022), Radium Palace, K-Gold Temporary Gallery, (Lesvos, 2021), The Demos, Museum of Folk Art and Tradition “Angeliki Hadjimichali” (Athens, 2019), Towards Tinos, Cultural Foundation of Tinos (Tinos, 2013) and From the New, National Museum of Contemporary Art EMST, (Athens, 2013).

Marina Papadaki (1991) was born in Athens, where she lives and works. She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010-2015) and at the University of Arts in Poznan in Poland (2014) and she completed postgraduate studies at the Luca School of Arts in Brussels (2017-2018).

Her work focuses on power mechanisms with social and environmental impact, as well as on the architectural interpretation of space. References in her works are found in historical and social events, as well as in the notion of system through the repetition of patterns. As part of her research, she has coordinated art groups at the Attica Psychiatric Hospital and has presented her work around socially engaged art at conferences at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the House of Representatives of Cyprus. She is also the founder of the Hydroexpress Project, a hybrid art space housed in a plumbing shop.

She has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s ARTWORKS grant (2019) and has been awarded an honorary distinction for her work by PPC (2022). She has participated in exhibitions and artist residency programs in Greece and Europe, such as: Little Ladies, Back to Athens, Megaron Isaias (Athens, 2023), 1922-2022: Exodus-Diexodus, former Public Smokehouse, (Athens, 2023), PPC meets Art, Historical Energy Factory (Athens, 2022), Bauhaus meets the commons, Goethe Institute (Athens, 2019), RE-BUILDING CASS, Kanal Foundation (Brussels, 2018), To flower, to flow, Sint-Lucas Brussels, (Brussels, 2018), Ode to the sea, Hellenic Foundation for Culture, (Odessa, Ukraine, 2016), Akcja Aukja, Centrum Kultury Zamek, (Poznan, Poland, 2014).

Natalia Papadopoulou (1989) is born in Athens where she lives and works.

She holds a Master’s degree in directing and documentary filmmaking from Doc Nomads (2014), an inter-university programme of the Luca School of Fine Arts in Brussels, the Academy of Theatre and Film (SZFE) in Budapest and Lusofona University in Lisbon.

As an artist and filmmaker, she explores the notion of subjectivity through visual video, performance, installations, and mixed media practices. Based on experiential experiences around light, sound, moving image, and language, she explores through her work the function of art as a catalyst for activating and liberating the individual’s “poetic self”.

She has been awarded an ARTWORKS grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (2020) and was a guest artist at Medea Electronic AiR (2022). She recently held her first solo exhibition Entrails, One Minute Space (Athens, 2023). Her video installations and performances have been presented in group exhibitions such as Contemporary Womanhood 1. 0: Contemporary Females, MOMus Museum – Alex Mylonas (Athens, 2023), Oh, tranquility! Penetrating the very rock, A cicada’s voice, Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative – PCAI, (Delphi, 2023), Broken Heart Syndrome, Two Thirds project space (Athens, 2022), Tell me I belong, MISC (Athens, 2021) etc. He has also participated as an editor and assistant director in notable projects such as Oedipus in search of Colonus, by Loukia Alavanos, Venice Biennale (2022) and To be Voiced, by Jennifer Nelson, commissioned by Goethe Institute, Athens (2021).

Yorgos Yatromanolakis (1986) was born in Zaros, Crete, he lives and works in Athens.

His artistic practice focuses on experimental photographic techniques, analogue printing processes, artistic publications, and audiovisual installations. He has published three photographic books; Roadblock to Normality, Not provided and The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings. He is co-founder of the art space Zoetrope Athens and a member of the editorial team of Phases magazine.

He is a recipient of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation ARTWORKS Fellowship (2019). He has been awarded the Foam Talent Award (2020) and an honorary Gomma Grant (2018) for his work and was nominated for the Prix Pictet International Photography Prize (2019) and the Voies Off Awards (2018), among others. Among the exhibitions he has participated in include: International Contemporary Photo Festival Incadaqués, (Catalonia, 2023), Photobiennale, MOMus- Museum of Modern Art (Thessaloniki, 2023), Landscape Stories, MOMus – Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (Thessaloniki, 2022), Foam-Talent, Fotografiemuseum (Amsterdam, 2021), Verzasca Foto-Festival, (Switzerland, 2020), Belfast Photo Festival, (UK, 2019), Emop (Berlin, 2020), Beyond Boundaries, Aperture Gallery, (New York, USA, 2019), Photo ESPAÑA, (Spain, 2019), Salon de la Photo, (Paris, 2019), Circulation(s) Festival, (Paris, 2019), Moving Museum of Photography, (Baku, 2019), Museum of Contemporary Art, Mattatoio (Rome, 2018), Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes, (Brazil, 2018), International Felifa Prize (Argentina, 2018) and Month of Photography (Los Angeles, 2018).

About the exhibition

On January 18, 2024, CITRONNE Gallery-Athens presents the exhibition "Liminality" curated by Vicky Tsirou. With this exhibition, CITRONNE Gallery introduces another current problematic. It addresses challenges arising from a contemporary liquid reality that subverts traditional ways of being, identity and life – whether voluntarily or involuntarily. The transitional stage of moving from one state to another at both an individual and collective level is described, along with the associated "rituals.". The artists Yorgos Giatromanolakis, Marina Papadaki, Natalia Papadopoulou and Maro Fasouli engage with the concept of liminality.

Liminality is a term introduced by the French ethnographer Arnold van Gennep* in his book The Rites of Passage in 1909*. It represents the middle stage of the three-part pattern "separation, transition, incorporation in rituals." The exhibition repositions this concept in the context of contemporary experiences, a result of global developments. The curator of the exhibition Vicky Tsirou** broadens the term’s meaning and examines its contemporary expressions. As she points out in her curatorial text, "more recent interpretations encompass not only the notion of ritual but also changes in the social and political sphere. Today, in the era of 'liquid modernity,' we observe that the status quo, an entire value system, is in a state of continuous instability characterized by successive transitions, or in other words, by a permanent condition of liminality."

The works in the exhibition trace 'Liminality' through four invisible passages: architectural structure, the course of history, the integration of tradition, and the inner experiential processes. The exhibition does not strictly align each artist's work with a thematic axis but tends to place them on one of these four axes. The works are integrated into the gallery's architectural structure, positioned in different rooms to reflect the analogy made by van Gennep of society with a house and its different rooms. Passages in the lives of individuals and social groups resemble movement between the internal spaces of a residence.

Eerie Walk

George Lappas
Eerie Walk
October 24, 2023 - January 13, 2024
Athens

19 Patriarchou Ioakim
4th floor
10675 Athens
Greece

(+30) 210 7235 226

Opening Hours
Tue, Thu, Fr: 11.00-20.00
Wed, Sat: 11.00-16.00

About the artist

Knowledgeable of the human psyche largely due to his studies in clinical psychology, George Lappas has rendered a work characterized by a sense for corporeality, especially in terms of proportion and space, a work with passages between the familiar and the unfamiliar, surreal element, an affirmation of life and the reality of loss. Intertextual and with references to art history, memory and history, his art is captivating, mysterious, immediate, and profound. An internationally acknowledged artist, George Lappas had represented Greece (along with artist Yiannis Bouteas) at the 1990 Venice Biennale and among other participations, took part at the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1987, the same date of the emblematic Mappemonde, an installation/miniature, world of the World, a memory field reconstituted by CITRONNE Gallery in the artist’s exhibition in 2018.

About the exhibition

Revolving around an uncompleted/work in progress, this fourth solo exhibition of the artist at CITRONNE Gallery, aims at shedding light on the George Lappas’s distinct thought and working process part of which was often dismantling a work and recomposing its parts into new sculptures. It therefore reveals the organic development of his work with its internal logic and its constantly subversive quality.

The selected works share the fragmented figure as well as balance and movement, static or not while many of them incorporate a source of light. The implication of «shadow» in the sense of an immaterial, invisible and non-present quality override mass and volume. Volume and mass override mass and volume. At the same time however, the works provoke a bodily experience, activate space and a reciprocal gaze wherein both viewer and the work become the subject and the object of vision.

A pioneering artist, George Lappas (1950-2016), who was also professor at Athens School of Fine Arts is also remembered for his ground-breaking, inspired teaching method, left behind a hugely rich work that has been appraised as a seminal case in contemporary sculpture. The cosmopolitan, intercultural perspective of this widely-travelled artist of the Greek diaspora who was born and spent his childhood in Egypt, his ties with the history of art and with memory, his delving into human psychology, are blended in an idiosyncratic work that never ceases to astound the viewer. His work was presented internationally in important exhibtions such as Metropolis at Martin Gropius Bau in 1991 as well as in some of the world’s largest Biennials such as the Venice Biennale in 1990 (his work was shown at the Greek national pavilion), the Alexandria Biennale where he was winner of the first prize and the Sao Paolo Biennial in 1987. That same year the artist created the installation Mappemonde, the Map of the World, a memory field reconstituted by CITRONNE Gallery in the artist’s exhibition in 2018.

Repetitions II

About the artists

Nikos Alexiou was born in 1960, in Rethymno (Crete). He studied at the Akademie der Bildeden Kunste in Vienna and then at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He creates installations using lace-shaped geometrical constructions out of cane and paper, which create volatile, poetic spaces, often with symbolic allusions. His art includes references to tradition or historical past, with an impressive array of mediums, ranging from delicate, handmade constructions to advanced technologies.

Since 2003, he intensely studied themes and motifs from the Holy Monastery of Iviron in Mount Athos, which he often visited. He manages to express the element of mysticism and the wealth of religious architecture, through complex mediums, but also in a spirit of contemplation and reflection.

He represented Greece in the 23rd Alexandria Biennale (2005) and in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), with his much discussed work, The End; a large installation inspired by the mosaic of the Catholicon of the Monastery of Iviron. A summarized version of the artwork was shown simultaneously in Athens and Munich, by using digitally processed prints of the same mosaic. In 2010, St. Marcus Basilica and the homonymous square in Venice were presented in a similar manner, with large digital prints, as a second phase of the same journey.

Until his premature death in 2011 (Athens), his work had been presented in more than 15 solo exhibitions and in numerous group ones, in Greece and abroad.

Trained in the climate of Radical Architecture in Florence, Beppe Caturegli (1957) moved to Milan in 1982 to work with Ettore Sottsass, Memphis group and Terrazzo magazine. In 1987 he opened his studio together with Giovannella Formica (1957-2019). The passion for traveling led him to develop an anthropological approach to design culture using the dichotomy of mixed systems: industrial/crafts, global/local, mass-produced/one-off across a very heterogeneous work ranging from bio-architecture to unique rugs, from interiors to paintings, from industrial design to sculptures, from exhibitions curating to video-sketches. His works have been exhibited in galleries such as Design Gallery, Nilufar Gallery, Assab One, Antonia Jannone Gallery, George Sowden’ 44SPAZIO and in museums such as Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Mino Ceramic Art Museum Japan, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Triennale di Milano etc.

Alekos Kyrarinis was born in 1976 in Athens and raised on the island of Tinos, the place of his origin. He worked with his father, Yiannis Kyrarinis, a sculptor in marble, from the age of eleven until 1997, when he was admitted to the Athens School of Fine Arts. At the School he studied at the studio of Jannis Psychopedis and graduated in 2003. He has illustrated the following books: Calendar of Group ALPHA 2003, Verifying the Night (Dimitris Angelis, Neos Astrolavos / Efthyni, Athens 2011), Encima del subsuelo /Above the subsoil (Kostas Vrachnos, limited edition, Athens 2012), issues 1,2,3 of the magazine “Nea Efthyne”, Drippings from the tiles (Monk Antonios Romaios, En Plo editions, Athens 2015), issue 1 of the magazine “Anthivola”. He collaborates with the magazine “Frear” and with the cultural space “Baumstrasse”. He has published an essay book about painting entitled “Nefeli’s questions”, Mikros Astrolavos /Efthyni, Athens 2011.His work has been shown in 16 solo exhibitions in Greece, Spain and Belgium. He has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Romania, France and Spain. Alekos Kyrarinis is represented solely by CITRONNE Gallery.

Christina Mitrentse is a multidisciplinary artist, P.G.C.E educator and freelance curator who has lived in London for over 20 years. Concerned with esoteric qualities of cultural construction she uses manifold processes of drawing, screen-print, site-specific installation, vintage book-sculptures, collages, and conceptual appropriation to freely create new narratives and poetic ensembles of temporary idiosyncratic institutions i.e. schools, libraries, museums. Within the digitized environment, e-learning and anti-education Mitrentse is known for inventing an on-going Book Arts project initiative, entitled ‘’ Add To My Library’’ designed to provoke changes in the function of the material book, while de-institutionalising it in the process. A prolific systematic methodology entitled #BDF Bibliographic Data Flow, that compiles favorite book titles selected by international contributors each adding to an infinite, yet performative Meta-Library. ‘Akrokerama’ are a series of sculptural works made by handcrafted, handfolded and altered embroidery magazines, end papers, book covers and ephemeral material from her family collection that reference the handcrafted culture and architecture amongst other reference points. She has exhibited extensively, shown her works in 20 solo exhibitions and over 200 group shows in galleries, museums and public spaces including, the Tate Modern, The Royal Academy, ICA London, PIAF Art Fair, Brussels Art Fair, London Art Fair, Art Fair Rotterdam, Liverpool Biennial UK, XV Biennale de Mediterranea, 2nd Bodrum International Biennial Turkey, NDSM- Werf Amsterdam, MOMUS State Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum of Greece, Hackney Museum, Nadine Feront Gallery, Dalla Rosa Gallery, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Central Booking NY, The Centre for the Book Arts NY, San Francisco Centre for the Book, California, Drop -Hiroshima, Japan, Rise Berlin, Helsinki Contemporary Gallery. Her artworks can be found in major international private & public collections such as WWW foundation, MOCA London, Senate House, Book Arts UWE, LCC, (UAL), Women’s Art Library Goldsmiths University, The Feminist Library London, Book Art Centre NY, the National Library in Baghdad, Jewish Museum of Greece, Fine Art Society London, Greenwich Council, Sill Library Bath, Mol’s collection Holland, Tate Archive, Penguin Collectors Society, Griechische Kultustiftung Berlin, M. Altenman NY, Onassis Foundation, Alpha Bank, MOMUS Greece, Benaki Museum, MIET foundation, Venizelos Airport Athens. Her work has been profiled in publications such as The Word Is Art, Thames & Hudson, and “Unshelfmarked” Reconceiving the Artists’ Book.

Myrto Xanthopoulou was born in Helsinki in 1981. She lives and works in Athens. She studied fine arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and art history at Deree College. Her practice is characterized by the use of everyday materials, handicraft and text. Her works, weather they are installations, sculptures, drawings or video, attempt to articulate a poetic of the ordinary and the intimate, the unbearable and the light-hearted, of everyday trauma. In 2022 she presented her fifth solo show in Athens, titled Καταιγίδα (Δεν έχω στυλό)/Storm(I don’t have a pen), curated by Christophoros Marinos, and she has participated in various group exhibitions and projects in Greece and abroad, at museums, galleries and independent art spaces. In 2020 she received the SNF ARTWORKS fellowship. Notable exhibitions include: PORTALS (2021) at Neon Tobacco Factory curated by Elina Kountouri and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Collactenea (2020) at ACG Gallery curated by Christoforos Marinos, The Equilibrists (2016) at Benaki Museum curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni, Reverb: New Art from Greece, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston (2014) curated by Evita Tsokanta and Eirene Efstathiou, AFRESH at EMST Athens (2013) curated by D.Vitali, D. Dragona and T. Pandi.

Maria Ikonomopoulou was born in 1961 in Kalamata, Greece. After finishing her studies in Economics at the University of Athens she moved to The Netherlands to study Arts in 1985. First, she attended the Free Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague for two years. In 1991 she graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam from the Sculpture and Monumental Art department. She has realised commissioned pieces for the public space in The Netherlands and her autonomous work has been exposed systematically in Belgium, Greece and The Netherlands. Part of it is included in the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Museum Meermanno in The Hague, public institutions in The Netherlands and numerous private collections in Europe. Maria Ikonomopoulou is based in Rotterdam.

Nina Papaconstantinou was born in Athens, Greece in 1968. She studied Greek Literature in Athens and Visual Arts in Camberwell College of Arts, London. In 2015 she was artist-in-residence at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies in Princeton. Her work is mainly an investigation of the relationship between text and its image, as well as drawing as a system of marks, tracings and imprints. She has presented her work in several group and personal exhibitions in Greece and abroad, such as: Phantoms (solo show), Athens Municipal Art Gallery, 2022, Home (duo show with Kostas Bassanos), Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens, 2020, Haft Paykar/Seven Beauties, Mohsen gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2019, After Babel, AnnexM, Athens Concert Hall, 2019, Under/erasure, Pierogi gallery, New York, 2019, Multitudinous Seas, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, 2018, Antidoron -documenta 14 Fridericianum, Kassel, 2017, Typo (solo show) Kalfayan gallery, 2016, Quieter in Every Phrase (solo show), Martine Aboucaya gallery, Paris, 2014, Drawing Time, Reading Time, The Drawing Center, New York, 2013, Instead of Writing (solo show), National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) Athens, 2011, Heaven, 2nd Athens Biennial, 2009, etc. Her works can be found in private collections, as well as collections of institutes and museums in Greece and abroad, such as the Bank of Greece, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), MOMus, Arter etc.

Nikos Podias was born in 1974 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1999, where he studied painting and scenography. In 2001 as a fellow of the Onasis Foundation he completed his postgraduate studies at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and Hochchule fur Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich. His works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions. Lives and works in Athens, Greece.

Efi Spyrou talks about the progressive movement from the particularity of personal narrative to the universality of collective memory. Employing the means of sculpture, drawing, film and photo-performance, her artistic practice engages in a simultaneously sensitive and caustic socio-political commentary. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Εurope, including Efi’s recent solo exhibition “METAMORPHOSES” at the Greek pavilion, EXPO 2020 Dubai, in the framework of the event “A Universal Narrative of Light’ From Apollo’s birthplace, Delos, to a brighter future”, organized by the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, “MY FINEST FABULOUS AND AMAZING MATH BOOK” at Greenwich University, LFA, London, “BLACK GOLD FLAKES” at A.G. Leventis Gallery, Nicosia, and the city secret performance “ART SCENE CRIME SOON”, in different cities in Greece and Cyprus. She has recently been awarded for her artwork with the “PPC MEETS ART” Award, 2022 and the “175th Anniversary of National Bank of Greece” Award, by the National Bank of Greece, 2017. She has an extensive experience in the fashion and media industry. She has served as Goodwill Ambassador for public interest campaigns in Europe and US, including the recent campaign for the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Her short films “Identity in Between” and “Womanifesto” has been selected and honored by film festivals AVIFF Cannes 2022-Art film festival, Cannes; VAEFF 2021-Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, New York and On Art 2023 film festival, Poland. She is the communication and artistic director of Block722 architects+ and founder and creative director of the non-profit art initiative RUNONART.

Panos Charalampous (b.1956) is an artist living and working in Athens. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens under Nikos Kessanlis. He has participated in international exhibitions, including: 58th Biennale Arte, Venice, 2019 / Voice-o-graph & Flatus Vocis, documenta14, Athens and Kassel, 2017 / Genii Loci. Greek art from 1930 since today, Saint Petersburg, 2016 / White House Biennial, Varna, 2016 / Breakthrough, 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, Poznan, 1990 / 3rd Biennale of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe, Barcelona, 1987. Some of his notable solo shows include: Αquis submersus, Athens, 2014-15 / Tobacco Area, 1986 – 2011, Athens, 2011 / Voice-O-Graph, Athens, 2006-2007 / Phonopolis, Athens, 2003-2004 / Psychagogia II, Athens, 2001 / 1496–2000 / como humo se va, Athens, 1999-2000 / Psychagogia I (Recreation), Athens & Thessaloniki, 1997 / ΙΧΘΥΣ, Athens, 1995 / Concerning fishing, Athens, 1992 / Τobacco story, Βerlin,1991, Athens,1990,1988.

Thalia Chioti is a visual artist. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (N. Kessanlis’ workshop). She completed her MA in Digital Arts at ASFA in 2012. In 1994 she was awarded by Yannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation and in 1996 she received a fellowship from the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY)and attended classes in the engraving workshop at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Madrid for one semester under the Erasmus program. She lives and works in Athens.

About the exhibition

CITRONNE Gallery - Athens is delighted to present on September 5, the group exhibition Repetitions II. The first part - Repetitions I, will be on view at the gallery in Poros until September 17, 2023.

Eleven artists - Nikos Alexiou, Beppe Caturegli, Panos Charalambous, Thalia Chioti, Alekos Kyrarinis, Christina Mitrentse, Maria Ikonomopoulou, Nina Papaconstantinou, Nikos Podias, Efi Spyrou, Myrto Xanthopoulou - interact over the element of repetition.

The repetitive movement, the obsessive ritual as mannerism, the order and structure, and the effortful immersion are some of the practices employed by the artists presented in both exhibitions.

These two exhibitions act as communicating vessels. Whether creating new ad hoc works or redefining older historical works, the artists compose the exhibition's theme.

Repetitions Ι

About the artists

Nikos Alexiou was born in 1960, in Rethymno (Crete). He studied at the Akademie der Bildeden Kunste in Vienna and then at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He creates installations using lace-shaped geometrical constructions out of cane and paper, which create volatile, poetic spaces, often with symbolic allusions. His art includes references to tradition or historical past, with an impressive array of mediums, ranging from delicate, handmade constructions to advanced technologies.

Since 2003, he intensely studied themes and motifs from the Holy Monastery of Iviron in Mount Athos, which he often visited. He manages to express the element of mysticism and the wealth of religious architecture, through complex mediums, but also in a spirit of contemplation and reflection.

He represented Greece in the 23rd Alexandria Biennale (2005) and in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), with his much discussed work, The End; a large installation inspired by the mosaic of the Catholicon of the Monastery of Iviron. A summarized version of the artwork was shown simultaneously in Athens and Munich, by using digitally processed prints of the same mosaic. In 2010, St. Marcus Basilica and the homonymous square in Venice were presented in a similar manner, with large digital prints, as a second phase of the same journey.

Until his premature death in 2011 (Athens), his work had been presented in more than 15 solo exhibitions and in numerous group ones, in Greece and abroad.

Trained in the climate of Radical Architecture in Florence, Beppe Caturegli (1957) moved to Milan in 1982 to work with Ettore Sottsass, Memphis group and Terrazzo magazine. In 1987 he opened his studio together with Giovannella Formica (1957-2019). The passion for traveling led him to develop an anthropological approach to design culture using the dichotomy of mixed systems: industrial/crafts, global/local, mass-produced/one-off across a very heterogeneous work ranging from bio-architecture to unique rugs, from interiors to paintings, from industrial design to sculptures, from exhibitions curating to video-sketches. His works have been exhibited in galleries such as Design Gallery, Nilufar Gallery, Assab One, Antonia Jannone Gallery, George Sowden’ 44SPAZIO and in museums such as Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Mino Ceramic Art Museum Japan, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Triennale di Milano…

Alekos Kyrarinis was born in 1976 in Athens and raised on the island of Tinos, the place of his origin. He worked with his father, Yiannis Kyrarinis, a sculptor in marble, from the age of eleven until 1997, when he was admitted to the Athens School of Fine Arts. At the School he studied at the studio of Jannis Psychopedis and graduated in 2003. He has illustrated the following books: Calendar of Group ALPHA 2003, Verifying the Night (Dimitris Angelis, Neos Astrolavos / Efthyni, Athens 2011), Encima del subsuelo /Above the subsoil (Kostas Vrachnos, limited edition, Athens 2012), issues 1,2,3 of the magazine “Nea Efthyne”, Drippings from the tiles (Monk Antonios Romaios, En Plo editions, Athens 2015), issue 1 of the magazine “Anthivola”. He collaborates with the magazine “Frear” and with the cultural space “Baumstrasse”. He has published an essay book about painting entitled “Nefeli’s questions”, Mikros Astrolavos /Efthyni, Athens 2011.His work has been shown in 16 solo exhibitions in Greece, Spain and Belgium. He has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Romania, France and Spain. Alekos Kyrarinis is represented solely by CITRONNE Gallery.

Christina Mitrentse is a multidisciplinary artist, P.G.C.E educator and freelance curator who has lived in London for over 20 years. Concerned with esoteric qualities of cultural construction she uses manifold processes of drawing, screen-print, site-specific installation, vintage book-sculptures, collages, and conceptual appropriation to freely create new narratives and poetic ensembles of temporary idiosyncratic institutions i.e. schools, libraries, museums. Within the digitized environment, e-learning and anti-education Mitrentse is known for inventing an on-going Book Arts project initiative, entitled ‘’ Add To My Library’’ designed to provoke changes in the function of the material book, while de-institutionalising it in the process. A prolific systematic methodology entitled #BDF Bibliographic Data Flow, that compiles favorite book titles selected by international contributors each adding to an infinite, yet performative Meta-Library. ‘Akrokerama’ are a series of sculptural works made by handcrafted, handfolded and altered embroidery magazines, end papers, book covers and ephemeral material from her family collection that reference the handcrafted culture and architecture amongst other reference points. She has exhibited extensively, shown her works in 20 solo exhibitions and over 200 group shows in galleries, museums and public spaces including, the Tate Modern, The Royal Academy, ICA London, PIAF Art Fair, Brussels Art Fair, London Art Fair, Art Fair Rotterdam, Liverpool Biennial UK, XV Biennale de Mediterranea, 2nd Bodrum International Biennial Turkey, NDSM- Werf Amsterdam, MOMUS State Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum of Greece, Hackney Museum, Nadine Feront Gallery, Dalla Rosa Gallery, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Central Booking NY, The Centre for the Book Arts NY, San Francisco Centre for the Book, California, Drop -Hiroshima, Japan, Rise Berlin, Helsinki Contemporary Gallery. Her artworks can be found in major international private & public collections such as WWW foundation, MOCA London, Senate House, Book Arts UWE, LCC, (UAL), Women’s Art Library Goldsmiths University, The Feminist Library London, Book Art Centre NY, the National Library in Baghdad, Jewish Museum of Greece, Fine Art Society London, Greenwich Council, Sill Library Bath, Mol’s collection Holland, Tate Archive, Penguin Collectors Society, Griechische Kultustiftung Berlin, M. Altenman NY, Onassis Foundation, Alpha Bank, MOMUS Greece, Benaki Museum, MIET foundation, Venizelos Airport Athens. Her work has been profiled in publications such as The Word Is Art, Thames & Hudson, and “Unshelfmarked” Reconceiving the Artists’ Book.

Myrto Xanthopoulou was born in Helsinki in 1981. She lives and works in Athens. She studied fine arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and art history at Deree College. Her practice is characterized by the use of everyday materials, handicraft and text. Her works, weather they are installations, sculptures, drawings or video, attempt to articulate a poetic of the ordinary and the intimate, the unbearable and the light-hearted, of everyday trauma. In 2022 she presented her fifth solo show in Athens, titled Καταιγίδα (Δεν έχω στυλό)/Storm(I don’t have a pen), curated by Christophoros Marinos, and she has participated in various group exhibitions and projects in Greece and abroad, at museums, galleries and independent art spaces. In 2020 she received the SNF ARTWORKS fellowship. Notable exhibitions include: PORTALS (2021) at Neon Tobacco Factory curated by Elina Kountouri and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Collactenea (2020) at ACG Gallery curated by Christoforos Marinos, The Equilibrists (2016) at Benaki Museum curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni, Reverb: New Art from Greece, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston (2014) curated by Evita Tsokanta and Eirene Efstathiou, AFRESH at EMST Athens (2013) curated by D.Vitali, D. Dragona and T. Pandi.

Maria Ikonomopoulou was born in 1961 in Kalamata, Greece. After finishing her studies in Economics at the University of Athens she moved to The Netherlands to study Arts in 1985. First, she attended the Free Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague for two years. In 1991 she graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam from the Sculpture and Monumental Art department. She has realised commissioned pieces for the public space in The Netherlands and her autonomous work has been exposed systematically in Belgium, Greece and The Netherlands. Part of it is included in the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Museum Meermanno in The Hague, public institutions in The Netherlands and numerous private collections in Europe. Maria Ikonomopoulou is based in Rotterdam.

Nina Papaconstantinou was born in Athens, Greece in 1968. She studied Greek Literature in Athens and Visual Arts in Camberwell College of Arts, London. In 2015 she was artist-in-residence at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies in Princeton. Her work is mainly an investigation of the relationship between text and its image, as well as drawing as a system of marks, tracings and imprints. She has presented her work in several group and personal exhibitions in Greece and abroad, such as: Phantoms (solo show), Athens Municipal Art Gallery, 2022, Home (duo show with Kostas Bassanos), Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens, 2020, Haft Paykar/Seven Beauties, Mohsen gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2019, After Babel, AnnexM, Athens Concert Hall, 2019, Under/erasure, Pierogi gallery, New York, 2019, Multitudinous Seas, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, 2018, Antidoron -documenta 14 Fridericianum, Kassel, 2017, Typo (solo show) Kalfayan gallery, 2016, Quieter in Every Phrase (solo show), Martine Aboucaya gallery, Paris, 2014, Drawing Time, Reading Time, The Drawing Center, New York, 2013, Instead of Writing (solo show), National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) Athens, 2011, Heaven, 2nd Athens Biennial, 2009, etc. Her works can be found in private collections, as well as collections of institutes and museums in Greece and abroad, such as the Bank of Greece, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), MOMus, Arter etc.

Nikos Podias was born in 1974 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1999, where he studied painting and scenography. In 2001 as a fellow of the Onasis Foundation he completed his postgraduate studies at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and Hochchule fur Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich. His works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions. Lives and works in Athens, Greece.

Efi Spyrou talks about the progressive movement from the particularity of personal narrative to the universality of collective memory. Employing the means of sculpture, drawing, film and photo-performance, her artistic practice engages in a simultaneously sensitive and caustic socio-political commentary. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Εurope, including Efi’s recent solo exhibition “METAMORPHOSES” at the Greek pavilion, EXPO 2020 Dubai, in the framework of the event “A Universal Narrative of Light’ From Apollo’s birthplace, Delos, to a brighter future”, organized by the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, “MY FINEST FABULOUS AND AMAZING MATH BOOK” at Greenwich University, LFA, London, “BLACK GOLD FLAKES” at A.G. Leventis Gallery, Nicosia, and the city secret performance “ART SCENE CRIME SOON”, in different cities in Greece and Cyprus. She has recently been awarded for her artwork with the “PPC MEETS ART” Award, 2022 and the “175th Anniversary of National Bank of Greece” Award, by the National Bank of Greece, 2017. She has an extensive experience in the fashion and media industry. She has served as Goodwill Ambassador for public interest campaigns in Europe and US, including the recent campaign for the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Her short films “Identity in Between” and “Womanifesto” has been selected and honored by film festivals AVIFF Cannes 2022-Art film festival, Cannes; VAEFF 2021-Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, New York and On Art 2023 film festival, Poland. She is the communication and artistic director of Block722 architects+ and founder and creative director of the non-profit art initiative RUNONART.

Panos Charalampous (b.1956) is an artist living and working in Athens. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens under Nikos Kessanlis. He has participated in international exhibitions, including: 58th Biennale Arte, Venice, 2019 / Voice-o-graph & Flatus Vocis, documenta14, Athens and Kassel, 2017 / Genii Loci. Greek art from 1930 since today, Saint Petersburg, 2016 / White House Biennial, Varna, 2016 / Breakthrough, 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, Poznan, 1990 / 3rd Biennale of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe, Barcelona, 1987. Some of his notable solo shows include: Αquis submersus, Athens, 2014-15 / Tobacco Area, 1986 – 2011, Athens, 2011 / Voice-O-Graph, Athens, 2006-2007 / Phonopolis, Athens, 2003-2004 / Psychagogia II, Athens, 2001 / 1496–2000 / como humo se va, Athens, 1999-2000 / Psychagogia I (Recreation), Athens & Thessaloniki, 1997 / ΙΧΘΥΣ, Athens, 1995 / Concerning fishing, Athens, 1992 / Τobacco story, Βerlin,1991, Athens,1990,1988.

Thalia Chioti is a visual artist. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (N. Kessanlis’ workshop). She completed her MA in Digital Arts at ASFA in 2012. In 1994 she was awarded by Yannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation and in 1996 she received a fellowship from the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY)and attended classes in the engraving workshop at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Madrid for one semester under the Erasmus program. She lives and works in Athens.

About the exhibition

Eleven visual artists exhibit their personal artistic creation. They adopt a “private” approach and each one reveals his or her identity, methodology, and visual idiom. They employ various media and materials. Often, in terms of process and technique, the artists of the exhibition have the reference to manual work with an underlying social and political dimension as their common denominator.
All participants follow a reassuring “routine” -based on manual movement- that acquires cohesion through repetition. In this framework, the resulting works encapsulate -first of all- a process of self-regulation for the artists themselves. The mapping of the persistent recording of an inner rhythmic rule is the reflection of an inner structure, a targeted mild occultism where the form of the universe, as we perceive and sense it, is embodied in vibrating essential lines. The inclusion of the inner need for portrayal in a narrative vortex, a vertigo, which serves as the ground on which the artists organize their process of expression, grants visibility and validity to the recording of an agony that in terms of artistry stems from the noblest of intentions. We witness the materialisation of a unifying process that starts long before the creation of an artwork and continues long after its completion; the aim is to assess and establish the evidence of a solid expressive centre.
Despite each artist’s “individuality”, this exhibition reveals common grounds. Repetition is expressed as a pattern; as the identical juxtaposition of text and words; as successive images. The artworks of the exhibition are characterised by repetition of movement, obsessive ritualism, order-arrangement, and scrupulous immersion.

Epi Timvo at the Archaeological Museum of Poros

Alekos Kyrarinis
Epi timvo at the Archaeological Museum of Poros
May 27 - September 30, 2023
Poros

Archaeological Museum of Poros
Korizi Square
18020 Poros Island
Greece

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Opening Hours
Mon, Wed-Sun:
08.30-16.00

About the artist

Alekos Kyrarinis was born in 1976 in Athens and raised on the island of Tinos, the place of his origin. He worked with his father, Yiannis Kyrarinis, a sculptor in marble, from the age of eleven until 1997, when he was admitted to the Athens School of Fine Arts. At the School he studied at the studio of Jannis Psychopedis and graduated in 2003. He has illustrated the following books: Calendar of Group ALPHA 2003, Verifying the Night (Dimitris Angelis, Neos Astrolavos / Efthyni, Athens 2011), Encima del subsuelo /Above the subsoil (Kostas Vrachnos, limited edition, Athens 2012), issues 1,2,3 of the magazine “Nea Efthyne”, Drippings from the tiles (Monk Antonios Romaios, En Plo editions, Athens 2015), issue 1 of the magazine “Anthivola”. He collaborates with the magazine “Frear” and with the cultural space “Baumstrasse”. He has published an essay book about painting entitled “Nefeli’s questions”, Mikros Astrolavos /Efthyni, Athens 2011.His work has been shown in 16 solo exhibitions in Greece, Spain and Belgium. He has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Romania, France and Spain. Alekos Kyrarinis is represented solely by CITRONNE Gallery.

About the exhibition

Alekos Kyrarinis describes the unbreakable continuity of time with fifteen works, which are to be exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Poros. He refers in a lyrical way to the relationship between the living and the dead, to the need for a vivid, eternal memory that keeps the deceased present.
This need has always existed from the furthest antiquity and is expressed through inscriptions, drawings, sculptures, memorials - all of which are defined as funerary. 'Epi Timvo*', to this day, are recalled 'men's honors', but also anonymous everyday figures, familiar and dear to some people.

Alekos Kyrarinis perceives the importance and the weight of the " museological " past which, however, he does not separate from the experienced present. The figures he draws work together with the representations of the vessels and the tombstones of the Museum; at the same time, however, they also refer to Christian religion and iconography. Guardian Angels protect and watch over as connectors to the beyond, to the unknown universe where the deceased reside.
The exhibitions at the Archaeological Museum of Poros present a dialogue between the past and the present, between the Museum's exhibits and the visual world of a contemporary artist. Alekos Kyrarinis intensifies this dialogue, extending it to the relationship between experience and memory.

Epi timvo = on the tomb