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Artist Talk/Adonis Volanakis

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    The House of Arts and Letters of Pafos in collaboration with the Kimonos Art Center invites you to the presentation of the visual artist Adonis Volanakis on Saturday, January 13, at 18: 30, at the Pafos Municipal Art Gallery.

    Adonis Volanakis presents his artistic practice by unfolding his research methodology with examples of artworks from his two-decade international journey. Volanakis combines social sculpture with anthropological approaches, drawing with archaeological findings, oral history with photography, and cooking with performance to create live art installations that negotiate the human condition and experience. His artistic practice seeks alliances in encounters with the unknown person – blind dates – and in active listening and empathy with female narratives – herstories.

    Adonis Volanakis (b. 1976) studied/researched at Wimbledon College of Art, Saint Martins College of Art, Aalto University, University of Athens, and New York University. His artistic practice is an amalgamation of collaboration between human relationships and aesthetics, poetry and politics, visual and performing arts.

    Since 2003, he has focused on female narratives, and in 2006, he founded the collaboration platform “blind date”. He creates installations, performances, exhibitions, and actions in the public sphere together with communities in the United States (Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, Dixon’s Place, NYU Kimmel Galleries), UK (Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, National Theatre), Greece (DOCUMENTA 14, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, European Cultural Center of Delphi, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, National Theatre, National Opera), Switzerland (Culturescapes Biennale /Archaeological Museum of Basel, Kaskadenkondensator), Georgia (Historical Museum of Tbilisi), France, Canada, Czech Republic and Finland.

    Creating safe spaces for exchange and creativity is part of his artistic practice, and since 2005 , he has continuously taught or researched in universities in Greece, Cyprus, France, and the USA.

    He has received support from foundations such as Fulbright, Linbury, Onassis, London Institute, Arts and Humanities Research Board (UK), Leventis, Propontis, Spyropoulos, and B&E Goulandris. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Patras.

    The talk will be in Greek.

    The event is part of the program “The Cypriot Aphrodite” funded by the Department of Modern and Contemporary Culture of the Deputy Ministry of Culture.

    Organized by: The House of Arts and Letters-Pafos, Kimonos Art Centre.

    Curation: Yiannis Sakellis

    Info: 99478162

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