Self - Publishing as an act of collective resistance
Saturday 12/12 at 11:00 Live on F.A.R. Radio - 3137.GR
Αthens Zine Bibliotheque & Zoetrope Athens talk together about zines and artist books by unfolding their parallel universes. Moderator: Alexander Strecker
F.A.R. is an atlas of the city of Athens mapping the evolving economy, the housing market and the various communities living in the city. It's a storytelling action around the present and future of the city and unfolds in three successive independent episodes: A community radio along with an intervention in the outdoor area of 3 137, a series of actions and performances in public spaces of Athens, and finally a group exhibition next fall.
F.A.R. explores the ways in which Athens is inhabited. It stems from the need to understand the different types of transformations that have been taking place in Athens in the past recent years. Despite the economic recession of the last decade and the political instability in the wider Mediterranean region, the city has become a place to be. At the same time, over the last five years, we have seen the local art scene changing; the number of art spaces is growing and venues and initiatives of varying scale are developing.
Invited guests of F.A.R. RADIO are several art initiatives of the city, individuals with a research interest in housing and collective/individual property, as well as employees or owners of small businesses in Exarcheia neighborhood. The guests will develop a 50-minute show -featuring sounds, music and discussion-about their activity, their daily habits, and the city networks within which they engage.
The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings
Audio Visual Projection
Two years after the publication of the photobook “The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings” by Yorgos Yatromanolakis and after a series of attempts, experiments and project presentations, in different exhibition settings, one question still remains.
How can a photographic series, realized in the form of a book, unfold within an exhibition space?
Each exhibition of his work is every time a new challenge, as he is invited to deconstruct and reconsider his work, to seek alternative mediums as well as narrative paths, which will inevitably lead to its ephemeral reconstruction.
In collaboration with the composer Chrysanthos Christodoulou and the artist Kallia Triantafyllou and in a dialogue with the curators of the Amsterdam Museum of Photography, an audiovisual installation of the book was attempted, which will be presented in a few weeks at the Kuehlhaus in Berlin, as part of the FOAM Talent 2020 award. Part of the installation will be presented as a work in progress on Friday 09/10 at Zoetrope.
Time to Blossom
A photobook workshop by Yorgos Yatromanolakis
“Time to Blossom” is an experimental workshop, which focuses on tracing, developing, and structuring visual narratives, through the process of creating a work in the form of a photobook.
Through a series of individual and collective meetings, participants will be invited to define their aims, to research, to get inspired, to experiment, and to investigate multiple narrative approaches in the work, in an open dialogue with other works and practices stemming from cinema, typography, literature and visual arts.
The workshop will follow a synthetic process, passing through all the creative stages, from the conception, the editing, and sequencing, the design, and the selection of the materials, bookbinding methods, and printing choices.
Self-publishing, and publishing with independent publishing houses will be also explored along with the opportunities for distribution and promotion within the contemporary photobook scene.
Within three months, the workshop aims to allow participants to build skills and to initiate them to all the principle tools, practices, and methodologies that will help them cover the distance to the creation and the presentation of a cohesive work in the form of a handmade photobook.
Duration: October 2020 - January 2021
Workshop Instructor: Yorgos Yatromanolakis
Athens Art Book Fair
The Local Edition
The second edition of the Athens Art Book Fair invites us to think in a smaller (geographic) scale and to reassess notions of locality.
Turning the insecurity that surrounds international travels into an opportunity for introspection, this year’s edition focuses on publishing practices based in and around Greece and attempts to present a sample of the diverse publishing works produced in the Balkan peninsula.
The Local Edition will take place in Kypseli Municipal Market on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 of September, 11am-8pm. Zoetrope will be showcasing a curated selection of Greek self-published photobooks and artbooks
Archives, Process: Images of the African and Black Diaspora
by Anietie Ekanem & Ariana Kalliga
“According to Bell Hooks, photography provides the opportunity to create an empowered, portable self-history. There is a personal and cultural reclamation of Black history through an artistic eye. As it stands: time, memory and decolonisation come together in play through photography and photographic reproduction to construct new identities.”
We are pleased to announce our two-day program, “Archives, Process: Images of the African and Black Diaspora”, organized by British-Nigerian artist Anietie Ekanem and Greek curator Ariana Kalliga. The program will consist of a workshop and reading night, which aim to introduce photography past and present, as a dynamic site of black cultural formation and diasporic identity.
The workshop will take place at 19:00 on September 24, 2020.
Anietie will introduce participants to his approach of producing cyanotypes using Southeastern Nigerian archival photographs, demonstrating how to expose photo-negatives onto light-sensitive paper. Participants will learn how to produce cyanotypes through their interaction with a variety of mediums and archival images.
The following day on September 25, 2020 at 18:00 we will host a reading night outdoors in Zoetrope’s neighbouring Pedion Areos Park. We will read and discuss a selection of texts in an open format, including Bell Hooks’s essay: “In Our Glory: Photography and Black Life,” thinking about questions of identity, memory, and diaspora, among other collective themes that emerge from our discussions.
ZOETROPE LIBRARY OPEN DAY
(by appointment only)
This Saturday 29/08 we are celebrating the opening of Zoetrope’s self-published photobook library.
Come and join us from 12:00 to 19:00. We’d love to welcome you, see you and catch-up with you.
Due to the Covid-19 protection measures, we can only have a limited number of visitors per hour. Please, reserve your spot by sending us an email at and don’t forget to bring your mask.
Kimolou 17, Kypseli, Athens 11362
Autumn and winter 2020-2021
Οpen call for artistic, theoretical, educational, community or other events and projects that could be incorporated at ZOETROPE’s program during autumn and winter 2020-2021.
You can submit your proposal at until the 26th of August 2020.
Ανοιχτή πρόσκληση υποβολής προτάσεων, για καλλιτεχνικές, θεωρητικές, εκπαιδευτικές, κοινοτικές ή άλλου τύπου δράσεις, που θα μπορούσαν να ενταχτούν στο πρόγραμμα του ZOETROPE κατά την φθινοπωρινή – χειμερινή περίοδο 2020-2021.
Η υποβολή των προτάσεων γίνεται ηλεκτρονικά στη διεύθυνση μέχρι τις 26 Αυγούστου 2020.
Alternative Printing Processes
We are happy to announce a series of alternative printing processes workshops at Zoetrope. Starting September with a one-day introductory cyanotype workshop.
During this workshop, you will learn about the history of cyanotypes, the mixing of the chemicals, the different paper coating methods as well as how to print with sunlight on high-quality paper.
At the end of the workshop, you will leave with an edition of your own cyanotype prints. The workshop is led by Spyros Paloukis
Date: Saturday 6th September
Place: Zoetrope, Kimolou 17, Kypseli
Limited availability. To book a place for this workshop or for more information please send an email to
«σου 'χω πει ποτέ»
Poetry Book Release
Poetry book release at Zoetrope for the handmade book "σου 'χω πει ποτέ" (have I ever told you) by Kat Papachristou
.The book was designed and created at home, during the pandemic lockdown 2020. It was released digitally on June 2 on bandcamp and includes a 2-track digital album with songs "3:22 a.m." and "intermission". A physical special edition of 23 numbered copies, including a download code for the digital album, is available. Kat Papachristou is singer/songwriter Tango with Lions and has released three albums via Inner Ear Records (Verba Time 2010, A Long Walk 2013, The Light 2018).
Thursday 09.09.2020 at 19:00
Kimolou 17, Kypseli, Athens 11362
How to talk about the past and the present of art in Athens?
A participatory workshop around an ethnographic film
In the summer of 2017, Herbert Ploegman and Grigoris Gkougkousis made an ethnographic film about a participatory artwork in the Athenian public space: a tent in Plateia Kotzia where meals were served daily. Now, in Zoetrope, their film turns into a collective exploration of what art means in Athens.
This workshop is an invitation to collectively think about the arts in Athens in the current moment and the recent past. It aims to create a space for collectively outlining aspects of this moment and a discussion of their significance. Amongst these may be the disappearance of that artwork from the Athenian public space, and the appearance of art spaces in the city. Another may be the difficulties that exist around screening the film and the repercussions for the workshop and the debate at large.
This workshop links art initiatives with anthropological research on art in Athens. It originates in Herbert's PhD project on artist-run spaces and their significance in Athens. The workshop aims to make room for questioning the ways we talk, think, and learn about art practices in Athens.
Saturday 14.03.20 at 16:00
and Sunday 15.03.20 at 16:00
Seats are limited! To participate please reserve your seat by sending us an email to
Death in Athens Festival
Poetics of Space
Photography Workshop Presentation
The Poetics of Space is a journey and lyrical exploration of the intimacy of the home and interior spaces, of how our perceptions of these spaces shape our thoughts, memories and dreams
We are pleased to host the presentation of photographic work produced during a 5-day workshop in Athens, inspired by the subject of The Poetics of Space, a book written by the French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard in 1958. The workshop was organized by Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin and conducted by Michael Grieve.
Friday 21.02.2020 at 19:30
Kimolou 17, Kypseli, Athens 11362
Deconstructing the (Photo)book and Reinventing it in Space
An experimental workshop by Natasha Christia
The laboratory is conceived with a dual goal: 1) To provide a thorough insight on the ways in which a photographic project, initially conceptualised and materialised in the form of a book, can be unfolded within the exhibition space (conceptual development and formal installation layout). 2) To challenge the notion of finished and static book objects and to open them up anew, inviting to novel creative and often subversive ways of engaging with the book format and its content, and with the idea of authorship. Both ideas will be implemented into the participants’ projects.
Why a workshop of this sort
From the book to the wall/installation space layout. Today the predominance and popularity of the book form has shifted the interests of the photographic community. The book is the first medium in which projects are conceptualized, materialised and brought to the public domain. But when it comes to exhibiting these projects —when it comes to taking them beyond the book pages to the wall— there is a confessed lack of knowledge and many photographers are faced with the challenge of implementing their work and ideas in this new area. Dealing with an installation space implies reworking and rethinking the project and its narrative anew. It also requires tackling a different set of parameters: from logistics, materials, design and budgets.
Revisiting, appropriating, deconstructing the book form and recreating it anew. The second exercise implies a more experimental, open-ended and collective engagement with the photobook and its content. It is an invitation to a profane territory of appropriations, recycling and reinventions of the (photo)book as an object in process, open to subversive reinterpretations of authorships and hegemonic tales.
An exercise of unearthing and destabilizing hidden identities and narratives, as well as (photo)books that are intentionally fractured and re-versioned, defying their proper authorial signature, format and narrative argument, it is addressed to open minds.
More about Natasha Christia here
New Archives - Exhibition
The flourishing of photobooks dealing with archival works reflects the desire and the urge of many authors to develop artistic practices, that transcend the archive from a place of storage to a place of production and discourse with the past under the effect of the shifting present.
The archival image liberated of its strictly factual and bureaucratic function, is activated in photobooks to introduce counter-narratives, to uncover untold or repressed stories, to negotiate collective or personal trauma or even to establish grassroots social, political and emotional archives.
What’s really interesting about the photobook as an artistic medium is that by enabling the production of complete narrative holes, especially through the editing, the sequencing as well as the interrelation of the images, it opposes the overall static and taxonomic archival format. In this very condition, montage and storytelling almost necessitate a repositioning and a critical reflection towards the archival material.
In this collection we attempted to gather works that represent the main strands of archival art as reflected in photobooks. These works break free of the concentrative format of the archive to move towards to its reinvention and rearticulation.
Alexandra Saliba - Yorgos Yatromanolakis
Books: Top Secret - Simon Menner, The Longest Way Round - Chris Dorley-Brown, Let Me Fall Again - Julia Borissova, Libya - Stella Chronopoulou, Where Mimosa Bloom - Rita Puig Serra Costa, Sangre - Leslie Spak, Everflow - Alexandra Saliba, Encyclopedia - Charlotte Lybeer, The Bοοκ of Fantastic Antiquities - Antonis Theodoridis, Conquistador - Nicolas Savary, Dotter - Aimilia Balaska, Fantastic Woman - Nelson Morales, Every Body is an Archive - Liz Orton
MedPhoto Festival 2019-2020 | Archive: Between the Public and the Private
Main Exhibition: Critical Archives IV: Documents
Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete
We are delighted to invite you to the presentation of "Variations of Presence" by Alexis Vasilikos.
"Variations of Presence" is a book of photos that arοse during daily walks in various parts of the world. Vasilikos calls his practice "peripatetic photography" and perceives it as a form of meditation in action. The images are imbued by the energy of contemplative seeing and stillness. It is published by Rigpa Editions, a publishing project that explores the space between art and spirituality. The design is by No Más / No More.
Wednesday 23.10.2019 at 20:00
The right to be Radical
Black Feminism Workshop
The United African Women Organization – Greece and the European Network of People of African Decent invite you to three days of events in Athens, Greece with Dr. Carole Boyce Davies over the course of October 11, 12 and 13, 2019. The events centered on the theme of “Sisterhood and Struggle: Writing Black Women’s Political Leadership” mark the first visit of Dr. Carole Boyce Davies to Athens, Greece.
Esteemed scholar of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York), and author of prize-winning books such as Left of Karl Marx: The Political Activism of Claudia Jones, Dr. Boyce Davies will be presenting a historical examination of Writing Black Women’s Political Leadership, centering the historical struggles and causes of erasure of Black Women’s activism legacies, posing pressing questions leading to action in the present.
The events take place in the context of UAWO’ s ongoing study of Black and Afrofeminist traditions.
A continuation of UAWO’s 1st Black Feminist Skillsharing Workshop, which took place in Athens over the course of five weeks in 2018, the initiative aims to address issues concerning the politics of space, and function as a platform to access knowledge and histories of political struggle often unacknowledged in many activist spaces in Greece and elsewhere. The event series includes workshops, womxn’s circles, reading groups and public talks.
The upcoming events also mark the first visit of ENPAD to Greece. ENPAD’S annual meeting will be taking place over the weekend, with members gathering from over 15 countries in Europe.
Matter of time
Αn aquatic cartography
In the work in progress ‘Matter of Time. An Aquatic Cartography’ the fundamental property of material is its duration. Yannis Stournas explores the traces and the inscriptions of the encapsulated rivers and streams in the urban environment of Athens. By collecting and photographing matter from the soil and the subsoil covering the rivers, he attempts to reinstate and solidify parts of the buried aquatic geography of the city.
The pre-industrial photographic technique of ambrotype, being employed for this work, on the one hand is monumentalizing the material findings and on the other hand it is pointing out their variable state. Each object appears in the wet plate of the ambrotype not only as a visual but also as a material memory, as a sort of a paradoxical archaeological find. At the same time, the singularity of each plate which can’t be mechanically reproduced along with the fact that it is developed in water from different springs, rivers and seas seems to be mystifying somehow the objects which depict something unseen and in constant mutation.
‘Matter of Time. An Aquatic Cartography’ will be presented as an installation at Zoetrope which has been transformed into the lab of Yannis Stournas for the past weeks. The opening will take place on Friday, September 13nth at the walk of Time Takes Time initiative within the framework of which it is realized.
About Time Takes Time
TIME TAKES TIME is a momentum around paper & words with a focus on the processes, materiality, touch and smell of prints, letters, inks and stained fingers.
Time Takes Time connects Greek and international artists and designers for a moment of co-creation within various workshops and print studios around the city of Athens. It takes place within strong local-global interconnections and seeks to weave between them a relationship and a possibility for tuning-in. Time Takes Time operates as a creolization of points of view, techniques, skills, and imaginaries, not to be seen as distinct entities. It merges layers of technologies from print ambrotypes, fax machine thermal ribbon, up to 3d printing and algorithm data poetry. Time Takes Time aims to combine diverse intimate feelings and subjective relations to the city of Athens through the lens of printed matter as to let waves of resonance emerge between alternative but complementary processes of work.
Time Takes Time organizes city walks through its interconnected workshops and spaces as to allow the various processes to be experienced by the public. Each walk is max 4 hours.
Athens Art Book Fair
Athens Art Book Fair is an artist-run initiative aiming to bring together and showcase artist publications produced in Greece as well as to create a link with publishing-based artistic practices internationally.
At the first installment of Athens Art Book Fair that will take place on September 7-8 in Stoa Kairi, Monastiraki, Zoetrope will be showcasing an eclectic selection of Greek self-published photobooks.
TIME TAKES TIME
Is a project with a strong focus on the materiality, physicality,touchand smell of prints, letters, words, golden letters, inks, stained fingers. Aim is to organize a momentum, a project of high velocity, to share our appreciation for the matter of Paper & Words; through a series of events that combines and brings into dialogues, processes, skills and gestures performed by passionate people from here and abroad. The idea is to join complementary and alternative ways of working around Paper & Words and to create a time and space here in Athens where dialogues can emerge between people dwelling in this cosmology. The objective is to connect individuals or collectives and make their processes of creation and of production accessible and experienced by a wider public through a program of events. More news soon.
PLATEAU 0 3 4
An exploration of Greek self-published photobooks
Artists’ self-publications are disorderly phenomena. They are defined by freedom, discovery, creativity, and experimentation as they move away from narrow, predefined structures. Unclassified and unseen, most self-publications entail their own multiplicities, occupying a space of their own.
Self-publishing is a growing practice in Greece, as many photographers and artists are becoming increasingly engaged in exploring and discovering new tools as well as collective initiatives to experiment with their own book production.
In many cases, self-publishing is clearly an act of resistance against formal and conventional structures of publishing. Self-publishers are manifesting new ways of artistic expression and sending out distinct signals, sometimes via just a handful of printed copies.
Despite the fact that many self-published editions are exceptionally designed, by way of introducing lesser-known materials and techniques which move beyond the limits of traditional display and storytelling, their exposure and distribution is extremely limited.
The exhibition ‘Plateau 034’ is a first attempt to map Greek photographic self-publications. Through the presentation of a non-hierarchical and non-complete assemblage, it constitutes a converging point of small, individual gestures. Our aim is to continue this exploration, via a developing rhizomatic platform, which, detached from conventional publishing practices, can set the conditions for the creation of multiple paths, branches, and plateaus.
Michael Almiroudis - Genius Seculi / Konstantinos Doumpenidis - Halt / Nikos Deltakapa - NO TURNING BACK / Pavlos Fysakis - Land Ends / Nicholas Faraklas - Athens Hates Pigeons / Panos Charalampidis and Mary Chairetaki - Second Chance / Giorgos Gripeos - a Kind of You / Yiannis Hadjiaslanis - Drive / Zoe Hatziyannaki - To kakovoulo / Antonis Kourkoulos - Roubabikia / Charalampos Kydonakis - WARN'D IN VAIN / Zisis Kardianos - In Limbo / Natasha Killova and Ritsa Blue - A diary of a nighttime / Elena Kollatou & Leonidas Toubanos - Avoid Area / Christos Lialios - Same but Different / Ilias Lois - Golden Peak / Fotis Milionis - 81 / Vassilis Noulas & Kostas Tzimoulis - Vaskos / Margarita Yoko-Nikitaki - Soil / Stefania Orfanidou - Pendulum / Nikos Papanikolaou - Tagada / Sarantis Raftopoulos - Street Food / Spyros Rennt - Another Excess / Ioanna Sakellaraki - The Truth is in the Soil / Alexandra Saliba - Everflow / Olga Stefatou - CHRYSALIS / Stamatis Schizakis - Athens Porn / Danai Simou - Romance / Myrto Steirou - Cruel Nature / Eliza Tamo - hEy yoU / Dimitris Tairis - The Urge / Antonis Theodoridis - The box of curios / Ellie Tsatsou - Alphabet / Dimitris Tsoumplekas - Texas / These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things - Spata / Alexis Vasilikos - Variations of Presence / Irina Vosgerau - Timetraveller / Yorgos Yatromanolakis - Not provided / Apostolos Zerdevas - State
19/6/2019 - 30/6/2019
Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 – 19:00, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Evangelia Biza, Yiannis Hadjiaslanis, Kostas Kostopoulos,
Georges Salameh, Alexandra Saliba, Alexander Strecker, Yorgos Yatromanolakis.
With the participation of The Athens Zine Bibliotheque
APhF 2019 Satellite Programme
PLATEAU 0 3 4 Talk: Book-making practices in self-publishing modes
With Evangelia Biza (bookbinder) and Kostas Kostopoulos (printer).
Thursday 27/06/19 at 19:30
PLATEAU 0 3 4 Open Discussion: Meet the self-publishers
To conclude our exhibition Plateau 034 / An exploration of Greek self-published photobooks, a first attempt to explore Greek self-published photobooks, we invite you to an open discussion. Sixteen self- publishers share questions, emotions, thoughts, intentions, successes, and failures stemming from their experiences of their self-publishing initiatives..
Thursday 30/06/19 at 19:30