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23 06 2016 to 23/6/2016

In-Between States / Performances

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“In-Between States”

On the occasion of the closure of the exhibition State of Being and the Element of Surprise we are showcasing a series of performances entitled “In-Between States”. The context of the performances will be a surprise. This Thursday 23.6 at 7:00 pm at Metamatic:taf.

According to  Marina Gržinić the connection between theory, politics and art is the only possible position from which one can adapt to a world of inequalities, through working in-between spaces, institutional systems, the “inside” and the “outside” and by creating with the terms of different value-systems within which one lives and works.

The medium of performance art and its various manifestations has again been put forward as an important area of critique on identities, sexuality, inequalities and social injustice, and a field for the implementation of alternative production and presentation spaces, cross-border and informal ways of working together, that challenge and contrast systemic movements. As Francois Pluchart warns in 1974, performance art “is not a new artistic recipe that is to be recorded peacefully by an art history that is bankrupt”. On the contrary, performance art – which as Ira Licht argued, examines “the relationship between artist, subject and public” - encourages us to rethink the very methods by which we fabricate histories of art.

Serial dislocations, migration mobility and the sense of de-rootedness it creates, metaphorically and materially reflect a performing movement without border and without name. Performance art practices perform the gradual yet dramatic shift that has occurred over this past half century in the very articulation of the subject within the social domain.

Performances curated by James Simbouras


Nina Adelajda Olczak

Nina Adelajda Olczak is a Germany based media artist, who works predominantly with moving image, installation and performance. Born in Poland in 1980, the artist moved to Germany in her early twenties, where she studied art history and English and subsequently media art. She is a 2013 honor graduate of Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Her artistic practice often involves collaboration with other artists. Olczak‘s multichannel video works, installations and performances construct bizarre, insightful and sometimes satirical narratives exploring various aspects of identity and artistic experimentation.

Joulia Strauss

Strauss studied at the New Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and University of Fine Arts, Georg Baselitz class, in Berlin (Master, President’s Prize). Her sculptures, paintings, performances, drawings, videos, have been presented at solo exhibitions such as: “Modulating Politics“, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Switzerland, 2011, “Welcome to the Mediterranean Basin“, Beton7 Gallery, Athens, 2010, “Cat-Notation“, COMA Gallery, Berlin, 2008, “Medienspiritismus. Videokabinet“, Guelman Gallery, Moscow, 2003, “Virtual Kingdom of Beauty“, Pergamon Museum, Berlin, 2000, and were shown in group exhibitions, among others, and multiple times in-part, at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY, Tirana Biennale, Oostende Museum of Modern Art, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Wolfsburger, Fraknfurter, Hamburger Kunstvereins, 2nd Athens Biennale, Fourth Moscow Biennale, Tate Modern, London, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.Together with Daniel Mützel she has recently edited a special issue ‘Global Activis’ of the magazine Krytyka Polityczna.

James Simbouras

James Simbouras is an intermedia artist with a focus on sound art, a curator and organiser based in Athens, Greece. He has participated in the organisation of exhibitions and workshops both in Greece and internationally. Simbouras is a founding member of the Contemporary Art Showcase Athens (C.A.S.A.) platform. Recent curatorial works include Re.Formance Performance Art Festival, BAD Painting | Unreliable Urban Witness, Edge Condition Sound Art Festival, at Boiler, Showcase Festival at Semio Theater, Transmission Athens-Karlsruhe for Athens Biennale AB5to6 Omonoia, and the co-curation of Re-Frame Memory exhibition for International Athens Photo Festival at metamatic:taf with Dimosthenis Agrafiotis.

Thursday 23 June 2016, 19:00

Admission free

Address: Normanou 5 , Athens 105 55 , Monastiraki

tags: performance