On Magnets, Circles and Attraction

An installation by Benni Ciappini

We are happy to present the installation 'On Magnets, Circles and Attraction' by Benni Ciappini within the framework of her internship at Zoetrope Athens.

 

Attraction: (meaning) the act, process or power of attracting/ the action or power of drawing forth a response/ a force acting mutually between particles of matter, tending to draw them together, and resisting their separation.

 

Attraction has a very big impact on inanimate and human existence. its influence goes from an atomic and microscopical level to a universal and metaphorical one.

 

Attraction is the base of magnetism, gravity, electricity, but also the cause of human emotions, relationships and societies. It unites the human and the non- human world, ruling both of them and putting them in conversation with each other.

As a magnet is drawn towards metal and our body is drawn to the centre of the earth, humans can be drawn towards each other or towards objects and materials, or feel repulsion for them. The laws and reasons that lay behind these motions are often blurry and difficult to identify.

 

Why are we attracted to certain materials? Why do I feel more fascination for circles over squares? Why does a magnet attract iron, but not wood? How can attraction and repulsion look like? It is possible to show them through the photographical medium? If so, where and how can I witness them around me?

 

In the last three months, the city has been my playground to experiment with the idea of attraction, and offered me the space and time to ask myself questions and look for some (rare) answers.

 

I photographed, I observed, I collected. My aim is to put all the material that I gathered together to give it back to the city of Athens by showing it, and to showcase the process of it as a starting point for a way broader research.

 

Wednesday 04 of May at 19:30

Zoetrope, Kimolou 17, 11362, Athens

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'NETTE' by Artemis Pyrpilis

Book Launch & Signing

NETTE is an intimate book, a journey into the past.

In 2019, Artemis Pyrpilis went for the first time to the house where her grandmother was born and spent her child-hood, in Toulon, 7 years after her passing. Time stood still. Among the photos in the drawers, the objects scattered in the closets, Artemis Pyrpilis discovers the young girl her grandmother was in the 1940’s and her nickname Nette. Nette was a happy young woman, a free spirit, she smoked cigarettes, did gymnastics and had fun with her friends.

This book is like a herbarium on which are pinned the dreams, carefreeness and freedom of a youth trapped in boxes in a house full of objects. Objects full of memories of her, who continue their “life” despite her absence. Artemis Pyrpilis takes a new look at objects, reinterprets archival photos, gets closer to materials and reveals textures. NETTE is a discreet and silent book that addresses issues of identity and intimacy through the reconstruction of a family story.

Artemis Pyrpilis (1987) is a photographer, both French and Greek. She studied photography in Paris and after having worked there, she decided to return to Greece in 2013. Tangibility and colors are her main narrative elements. The photo book is an important part of her creative process. Her photographs often capture fragments of absence, a title she gave to one of her photo series.

She currently lives in Thessaloniki where she teaches semiotics of photography as well as contemporary photography at Stereosis Photography School and at the Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki while also working on her personal projects.

The presentation of the book will take place on Saturday 9th of April, at 19:00, in the presence of the author Artemis Pyrpilis.

Zoetrope / Kimolou 17, Κypseli 11362 Athens

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‘Inanimate dialogues / Let the things speak’

An open day book selection by Benni Ciappini

Objects, materials, ruins, inanimate things have the power to communicate a story, both through their physical presence and characteristics, and their representation in art.

 

They might not be able to speak the way we do, but they hide a power of communication and influence within themselves. Not in a human way, but in their own way, with their own weight and intention. When the human voice meets the material voice, the one found in the streets, in our homes, in nature, a new kind of evocative dialogue starts, bringing us to unexpected results. To start to look at things is to start a new way of looking.

 

Within the framework of my internship, I had the opportunity to get to know and connect with the photobooks that inhabit ZOETROPE’S library. Books, which are also themselves inanimate things, have the great power of telling us a story, of making us feel something, both through the way they are

bound together and through the images and text they are adorned with.

 

Through this small selection of photobooks, I aim to research the power of inanimate, nonhuman figures, and how through the photographic medium they can bring to life stories and evoke emotions just as much as humans can. It is an invitation to appreciate and start noticing the inner beauty of matter and let it speak its stories.

 

Book selection: Government of Things by Konstantinos Doumpenidis, Genius Seculi by Michael Almiroudis, Sehnsucht by Alexei Siozov, Pendulum by Stefania Orfanidou, MUNDUS by Sophia Tolika, Texas by Dimitris Tsoumplekas, Blurry Territory by Georgios Plastok, Alfred Fabricius



Wednesday 16/3/22 at 12:00 - 20:00

Zoetrope, Kimolou 17, Kypseli, Athens

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Perzines: zines as self-portraits

A selection by Andromache Kokkinou

“So much of zine-making is about reclaiming—reclaiming the freedom of expression, reclaiming space, reclaiming the past.”

                                                                       Michelle Santiago Cortés

The digital archives of our lives on major platforms get censored or shadow-banned by the algorithm. There is a turn to self-publishing, in an attempt to reclaim how and what we share about our experiences.

Zines defy categorization; however, perzines (personal zines) are the largest genre. The confessional tone of perzines, their immediacy and physicality offer an alternative to social media, where self-expression is toned down, and directed to an audience as branded content. Perzines are, in fact, political, countering the dominant narrative, a space where we are making our own media without censorship.

Andromache Kokkinou presents a selection of perzines from her collection with this question in mind:How do we talk about ourselves in zines?

This Open Day at  Zoetrope we are going to read zines recounting the creative process, identity, counter-narratives, zines sharing community-based knowledge, lockdown diaries, and more, expressed in different media, folded and stapled and ready to hold in your hands.

With works by: EA Douglas, Asparagus Plumosa, Raezorbeamdreams, Andromache, Echozines, Maranda Elizabeth, Resister collective, Main draw, Olga Vereli, Jacco Weener, Glitterwurst, Elisaszines, Morrigan Ivy

Andromache Kokkinou  is active in the independent publishing scene as a writer, editor, and zinester, among other things. She runs a nomadic zine library, workshop series, and organizes zine swaps. Her practice includes elements of experimental writing, visual poetry, digital collage, 00s online fan cultures, magic realism, and the Gothic. She is based in Athens, Greece.


Wednesday 23/2/22 at 12:00 - 20:00

Zoetrope, Kimolou 17, Kypseli, Athens

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Attempt to Discover by K.Theissen

A temporary and personal collection of photobooks

K.Theissen is an artist and photographer based in Berlin, who we had the great pleasure of having as an intern and collaborator.

On Wednesday the 2nd of February, Theissen is presenting ‘Attempt to discover’ a curated temporary and personal collection of photobooks, stemming from her experience and work at our library.

 

“I’ ve been working my way through the ZOETROPE’s library lately. Looking through it, I asked myself questions, noticed differences and discovered similarities in dramaturgy, in design and in dealing with content and symbolism.

‘Attempt to discover’ is a personal experiment to explore subjective sense and interest, to examine connections in those, to form chains of impulses and references and to bring them into connection with each other, to analyze elements and fragments of different works, to structure reflection and to try to find out how connections in the construct of memory and association arise.

It is simply a glimpse into my very subjective thoughts, a summary of my research and an attempt for me to put it into a form from which I can draw useful conclusions.”

 

Selected Books: Łukasz Rusznica - Subterranean River, Antonis Theodoridis - Newspaper from the American West, M.H. Frøslev - Unsettled City, Georges Salameh - Hear you Athens, Elena Kollatou & Leonidas Toumpanos - Avoid Area, Alexis Vasilikos - Variations of Presence & Daisies Zine - Issue 01

 

 

Wednesday 2/2/22 at 12:00 - 20:00

Zoetrope, Kimolou 17, Kypseli, Athens

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Blind Spots

Photobook Exhibition

“The books went up in sparkling whirls

and blew away on a wind turned dark burning.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

 

Book burning in public view is a typical practice for exercising power and censorship in authoritarian and fascists regimes. Today, censorship, propaganda and control of information are still being practiced even within the contemporary liberal democracies with the use of technologies and unseen methods.

 

The main characteristic of these methods is that they no longer focus on limiting or blocking information, but rather on dissolving everything in an absolutely chaotic avalanche of data, where anything unwanted gets lost, becomes fragmentary and thus dormant.

 

We live in a distracted world, in which reality considered partially deploys itself in its own general unity as a pseudo-world apart. One of the dominant elements of this reality are images. Images that we are bombarded with on a daily basis unable to respond but individually, instantly and affectively, ending – up into some kind of blindness and apraxia.

 

In this world a photobook seems to be able to act as a blind spot for the mechanisms of control and normalization of the intensity in the flux of information. This is because the book, as a medium and a narrative system, can construct solid and pluralized narratives, awakening concentration and inviting the reader to produce meaning. In this sense a photobook can build resistances while cultivating conditions of praxis and suggesting possible ways out.

 

In the exhibition “Blind Spots” we attempt to present a collection of such photobooks from Greece and the world. Books that preserve and shed light to different layers, point of views and temporalities of historicity, books that renegotiate and restore in the present repressed or traumatic events, books that deconstruct and fluidify dominant identities and ideologies and books that break imposed silences strengthening and giving credence to suppressed voices.

Alexandra Saliba – Yorgos Yatromanolakis

MedPhoto Festival

Contemporary Art Museum of Crete

Duration: 11 December 2021 - 06 March 2022

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The Flyer Archive

Open Call

 

In The Flyer Archive we are pointing our finger to the flyer.

It is some kind of research about the nature of the flyer.

The flyer is destined for a short lifespan and ends up soon in the trash once it has fulfilled it message of 2 for 1 pizza, political awakening or propaganda, some party or concert, or any other message it wants to mediate.

The archive is a safe haven for the flyer, it wants to accumulate them let them meet and let them continue to have a purpose.

Bring your favorite existing flyer or create your own imagined flyer and slip 3 copies of them under Zoetrope’s door (17 Kimolou Street, Kypseli) from today and by the 7th of November 2021.

The archive will open for flyer exchanges and explorations from the 5th to the 7th of November, from 16:00 to 21:00, at Zoetrope.

Initiated by Print and Friends within the framework of HEAD2HEAD the archive will collect flyers from Athens – Reykjavik and beyond.

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"Greek Dog Days" Book Launch, Exhibition and Signing

by Ilja Niederkirchner & Replika Publishing

Greek Dog Days is a shadowed meander through city streets and inter-city roads. Niederkirchner migrates from one desolate scene to the next as if he himself is one of the dogs; vagrant, aimless. Photographs of ghosts of Greece's past follow him as he documents Greece's present. While dark in nature, Niederkirchner’s photographs suggest also the country’s clean slate as it were; perhaps an opportunity for regrowth in a new, hopeful direction.

Wild and dusky with glimpses of affection, the Greece portrayed by Niedderkirchner is misted yet razor-sharp. Greek Dog Days invites us on an entrancing and ominous journey; walks past empty shops, as if abandoned, concrete rules over nature while the stereotype of clear blue greek sky is lacking. Only the traces of life are present; laundry hanging from windows, but the people themselves are markedly absent. The dogs are unfaltering in their glare, showing their control.

Presented for the first time at the origin of the work, Greek Dog Days at Zoetrope is intimate and ephemeral in both subject matter and presentation. The artist Ilja Niederkirchner will be present for an artist talk and book signing at the opening event on Friday the 22nd of October from 17:30.

Ilja Niederkirchner is a graduate of the Neue Schule für Fotografie in Berlin. His first work "The Only Thing That Matters" was published in Die Nacht Magazin in 2016 and as a Photobook by Calin Kruse with Die Nacht Publishing in 2017. "Greek Dog Days" has been published by Freya Copeland and Youvalle Levy at Replika Publishing. Greek Dog Days has been reviewed by Paula Gortázar on C4Journal and is the recipient of the 2020 Volumes Award Zürich by Kunsthalle Zürich. His work lies between documentary and personal storytelling.

 

Replika Publishing (founded 2015, Berlin) is an independent publisher producing work under two branches; Replika Volumes and Replika Artist Books. The former is a three-dimensional, curated artist periodical in which artists, writers, musicians, and creators of all descriptions are invited to respond to a given theme with object-based works. The latter; through close collaboration with artists who work in photo-related mediums; small-run artist books. We explore new methods of exhibition through printed matter and book arts.

Opening: Friday 22/10/21  17:30

Duration: Friday 22/10/21 - Sunday 24/10/21 17:30 - 22:00

Zoetrope, Kimolou 17, Kypseli, Athens

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4th Balkan Can Kino Film Symposium

The F* Word: SCREENS IN LOOP


The F*Word returns for a second year, and in the context of #4BCKFS, presents the 3-day installation The audience will be able to watch, admission-free, 27 contemporary experimental films, video art pieces and animated films, created by female filmmakers, from 16 different countries, on four screens playing in a loop.
The F*Word is a BCK initiative and aims to create a chain of emerging female* filmmakers. Last year, in the frame of #3BCKFS, 12 emerging Balkan female filmmakers and academics, from 7 countries of the wider Balkan region, during a 4-hour online roundtable, discussed the representations of gender, female body politics, work environments, wages and job opportunities. The audience had the chance to watch 3 min. excerpts of the roundtable participants’ work, alongside a written Q&A.

More info here:http://balkan-can-kino.com/the-f-word-creating-a-chain-of-emerging-female-filmmakers/

In addition, each evening at 20.00, a special #4BCKFS screening will take place.
On Tuesday 12th of October, there will be a retrospective of Susu Laroche’s work with the filmmaker attending the screening for a Q&A with the audience, curated by Pugnant Film Series.
On Wednesday, 13th of October, we will present a co-curated short film programme from the British Council and BCK, showcasing five short films made in the UK.
Last, on Thursday, 14th of October, we will present the curated short film programme by Flavia Dima, “Female Waves: Romanian Experimental'', with the filmmaker Teona Galgoțiu attending the event.

The installation will run from 17.00 to 20.00 each day. Both the installation and all the screenings that follow are admission-free, but due to limited space, the audience needs to pre-book a seat for the screenings by sending an email to balkancankino@gmail.com

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Photobook boom | The Greek case

THESSALONIKI PHOTOBIENNALE 2021
 

The global boom in photobooks is a growing reality in Greece as well, with its own facets and multiplicities.

The independent Greek self-publishing scene, which seems to be the most active in terms of diversity and number of produced photo-books, is of particular interest. More and more artists are systematically exploring handmade and experimental artistic practices, to create photobooks while they seem to be tracing in parallel an alternative way to display their photographic work in which intimacy, storytelling and materiality are central.

The sequencing of the images, the nature and the choice of the materials, the design, the methods of bookbinding and the printing techniques that the artists employ are key elements of their artistic process. Because of this organic relationship between the content and the materials, photobooks are autonomous and idiosyncratic objects and their reading is an immersive experience.

The multitude and the range of these editions as well as the personal-political element that they exude, is related on the one side with the quest of many artists for more inclusive and pluralized spaces, in which the audience can encounter their work and on the other side with an urgency of reflecting upon the current socio-political life.

The exhibition Photobook Boom | Τhe Greek Case presents an indicative collection of photobooks and dummies of the last three years, in an attempt to equally represent the wide spectrum of the domestic self-publishing photobook community, which is now leaving its own considerable mark on the contemporary history of the photographic medium.

Artists: Mary Chairetaki, Panos Charalampidis, Anargyros Drolapas, Yiannis Hadjiaslanis, Haris Kakarouhas, Yorgos Karailias, Charalampos Kydonakis, Alexandra Masmanidi, Dimitris Mytas, Stefania Orfanidou, Athanasia Papadopoulou, Stylianos Papardelas, Antonia Petriti, Artemis Pyrpilis, Georges Salameh, Alexei Siozov, Dimitris Tairis, Sophia Tolika, Annie Tsevdomaria, Ania Vouloudi, Eva Voutsaki, Spyros Zervoudakis

Curation: Alexandra Saliba, Yorgos Yatromanolakis

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Nurturing archives, nurturing communities

Athens Art Book Fair | Public Program

In what ways does the care of an archive help to create more intimate bonds between artists, readers and publishers by empowering the contemporary scene of independent publications? And how does the relationship between audience and archive expand when housed in environments where exchange and collaboration are encouraged?

The participants will talk about the process of nurturing spaces and archives of artists’ books and how this has contributed to the visibility and support of local communities.

Presentation with Athens Zine Bibliotheque, Zoetrope Language: Greek

Tuesday September 07 2021

Athens Art Book Fair 2021

The Local Edition 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.

Aiming to showcase the diversity of publishing practices, the AABF brings together established publishing houses, institutions, small presses and experimental, DIY publication projects.

 

On the 11th and 12th of September visitors will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of printed matter; from artist books, photobooks and zines, to poetry publications, independent magazines and rare editions.

September 11-12/ 11:00-21:00

Kypseli Municipal Market

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Pack the Books Flat

Photobook Exhibition

 

Zoetrope is on the go!

‘Pack the Books Flat’ is a traveling photobook exhibition designed to present a variation of collections from Zoetrope’s library in different places and spaces out there.

Participants: Eirini Angelidi, Calliopi Beku, Thomas Beltsios, Loukia Goni, Yannis Karpouzis, Charalampos Kydonakis, Elena Kollatou & Leonidas Toumpanos, Christos Lialios, Georgia Ponirakou, Alexandra Saliba, Danai Simou, Ellie Tsatsou, Alexis Vasilikos, Olga Vereli & Katerina Markoulaki, Yorgos Yatromanolakis

First stop: Cantina Analogue, Hermoupolis, Syros

Dates: Friday 23.07 - Sunday 25.07 at 11:00 - 24:00

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Time to Blossom.

Open Lab Exhibition

 

‘Time to Blossom. Open Lab Exhibition’ presents ten experimental approaches in developing and constructing visual narratives, through the process of photobook making.

The exhibition attempts to unfold in space, the reflections, the attempts and the different artistic practices and methods, employed by the participant artists, during the production of their works, within the framework of the workshop ‘Time to Blossom’ instructed by Yorgos Yatromanolakis.

Participants: Calliopi Beku, Thomas Beltsios, Loukia Goni, Nelli Kolyvodiakou, Pelly Mandreka, Alexandra Masmanidi, Ismini Mathioudaki, Ioanna Natsikou, Eva Stamatiou and Petros Toufexis.

Saturday 26/06 & Sunday, 27/06 15:00 - 22:00
Zoetrope | Kimolou 17, Kypseli, 11362, Athens

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Zoetrope Library Open Day

(by appointment only)

Lockdown has kept us away from you all, still our little

self-published book library hasn’t stop growing!

 

Finally, we would like to welcome you again at Zoetrope on Saturday 22/05 from 14:00 to 19:00.

 

Come and join us for a little chit-chat and check our new photobook library arrivals.


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 zoetropeathens@gmail.com

Kimolou 17, Kypseli, Athens 11362

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Phases Magazine

Portofolio Reviews

We are pleased to announce the first Phases Magazine portfolio reviews, at Zoetrope Athens. The portfolio reviewers will be Phases Magazine editors Alexis Vasilikos and Yorgos Yatromanolakis.

 

Photographers are invited to present one or more of their works during a 20-minute individual session.

Phases Magazine (started on December 2012) is an online magazine that focuses on international contemporary photography. Phases publishing weekly a selection of 3 portfolios on an irregular basis. In our archive you may find 1083 published portfolios. more here

Date: Friday 7/5 and Saturday 8/5

Time: 14:00-18:00

Place: Zoetrope, Kimolou 17, Kypseli

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Limited availability. To book a place for this workshop or for more information please send an email to zoetropeathens@gmail.com

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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. 

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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.

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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.”

-Anietie Ekanem

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.

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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

Free Entrance

Seats are limited! To participate please reserve your seat by sending us an email to zoetropeathens@gmail.com

Death in Athens Festival

Athens Artcore

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New Archives - Exhibition

MEDphoto Festival

 

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.

 

Zoetrope

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

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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.

 

 

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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.


 

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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.

 

Books:

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

Curators:

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

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