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Back to Athens 2021 | Profiles of the Future | An inquiry into the limits of the possible


"The most notable achievements of the last decade may pass unnoticed,
mainly because we focus on those possibilities most unlikely to succeed,
and less on what can be realized in the near future. That which has changed,
was the least expected – and it is without doubt, our perspectives on the future…"

(excerpt from the prologue of Sir Arthur Clarke's book, 1961, Kaktos Publications 1976)


Back to Athens 2021 International Art Festival entitled "Profiles of the Future: An inquiry into the limits of the possible" (borrowed from the homonymous title of Sir Arthur Clarke's book, 1962), manifests the ideas and proposals of the art community in response to a critical 12-month period of ambiguity and conflict, as experienced both individually and collectively. As post-pandemic societies will face the ‘new normal’, it not expected that we will recover to pre-crisis conditions. Though we stand before rapid transformations, little is certain. What will change and to what extent? Certainly, our perspectives on the future. The festival declares the artist as an “wondrous, autonomous machine", privileged to imagine and develop through personal practice and experimentation, the most unordinary and unique artwork that may interpret the present issues and conditions, and share these findings with the public. It is not by chance that Back to Athens emerged at the beginning of the crisis in 2012, providing vital insight on the issues and concerns of the art community, while leaving conclusions to rest on interpretation.

Back to Athens 2021 opens to the art audience from July 1 – 4, at the iconic “Isaiah” Mansion, a historical landmark and listed monument of Athens. 16 curatorial exhibitions and proposals are presented, with the participation of 150+ artists, curators, independent art spaces and initiatives from Greece and abroad. Back to Athens 8 is curated by Georg Georgakopoulos, Fotini Kapiris and Christian Rupp.

Back to Athens 8 / 2021 is organized by APART Art Research and Applications, under the Auspices of the City of Athens, with the support of the Austrian Embassy in Athens and the Ministry of Culture of Austria, Zoia, Athens intersection Cultural Program, CHEAPART, and the Offspring Young Artists Program.

Back to Athens International Arts Festival has been active within the wider area of Kotzia Square in Athens (2012-2014), at the historic square of Exarchia district (2016 – 2017), the Athens Commercial Triangle in 2018, and in 2021 in the emblematic “Isaiah” Mansion in Patission.

The event considers all public health protection measures, in the context of avoiding the spread of coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2).

BACK TO ATHENS 8 / 2021 Exhibitions

1st Floor

«CC | Cinematic Cabinets»
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Konstantinos Argianas
Artists: Alexis Fidetzis, Panagiotis Lezes, Thanos Makris, Campus Novel, Vangelis Patsialos, Maria Tsagkari, Giorgos Tserionis Vassilis Vlastaras.

«Utopia - Dystopia - Atopia»
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Efi Michalarou, Art Critic & Independent Curator
Artists: Christos Athanasiadis, Ada Anastasea, Theodoulos (Gegoriou), Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Dimitris Lempesis, Alexandros Maganiotis, Stella Mourkogianni, Manolis Babousis, Margarita Petrova, Artemis Potamianou, Panagiotis Rappas, Katerina Rimpatsiou, Ifigenia Sdoukou, Fani Sofologi, Theodora Tsiatsiou, Voula Ferentinou, Panos Charalampous, Mantalina Psoma.

«Elephant in the Room»
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Georg Georgakopoulos
Artists: Spyros Aggelopoulos, Dimitris Antonitsis, Kostis Velonis, Theodoros Zafeiropoulos, Babis Karalis, Ioanna Lin, Maro Michalakakos, Kostas Bassanos, Maria Papadimitriou, Nikos Papadimitriou / Kostas Tsolis.

"Memory Vessel", Dimitri Yin, Phoenix Athens Gallery and Residency
Sculpture

«per austria ad aspera»
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Christian Rupp
Artists: Olga Georgieva, Robert Gschwantner, Claudia Mongini, Julian Palacz, karin maria pfeifer, Christian Rupp, Sula Zimmerberger.

«born with a 'leg up'»
Group exhibition
Curated by
: Themis Ragias
Artists: Charalambos Kourkoulis (Photoharrie), Konstantinos Kotsis, Dimitrios Barouchos, Konstantinos Palaiologos, Nikolas Simantirakis, Kostis Fokas.

"Bureaucracy”, Tasos Liakopoulos
Installation
Curated by
: Eva Nathena

“SUDDEN WAR 2020”, Venia Dimitrakopoulou
Sound - Installation
Concept, text, voice:
Venia Dimitrakopoulou
Music: Panayotis Kalantzopoulos

2nd Floor

"Keep breathing slowly"
Group exhibition
Curated by: Flat 1
Artists: Hannes Glaser, Ewa Kaja, karin maria pfeifer, Lola Pfeifer, Christiane Spatt, Johanna Tatzgern, Sula Zimmerberger.

«Sleeping Beauties»
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Galini Lazani
Artists: Dimitris Foutris, Panagiotis Koulouras, Alkistis Mavrokefalou, Alexia Psaradeli, George Stamatakis, Dimitra Vamiali.

«Offspring Review [1+1], Sense - in2uition»
Group exhibition
Artists:
Eleanna Balesi - Antonis Kapnisis, Dimosthenis Bogiatzis - Danae Tzotzos, Katerina Botsari - Jannis Skatsas, Sotiris Fokeas - Michael Tzetzias, Vasilis Galanis - Μarkellos Κolofotias, Orestis Karalis - Andreas Vembos, Dimitris Kontodimos - Thanos Fountas, Sofia-Rose Kosmidou - Fotis Stathis, Marilena Kranioti - Ioannis Avgoustis, Kostas Lales - Charis Lales, Natalia Manta - Marina Margelou, Kleopatra Tsali - Odysseas Glykas.

«Elephant in the Room»
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Georg Georgakopoulos
Artists: Spyros Aggelopoulos, Dimitris Antonitsis, Kostis Velonis, Theodoros Zafeiropoulos, Babis Karalis, Ioanna Lin, Maro Michalakakos, Kostas Bassanos, Maria Papadimitriou, Nikos Papadimitriou / Kostas Tsolis.

"Flight 03-03", Theodoulos
Video projection, part of «Utopia - Dystopia - Atopia»
Curated by:
Efi Michalarou

“Invisible people”, Vicky Betsou
Video projection

"The distance room", Nikos Giavropoulos
Video installation

3rd Floor

«Day Wavers»
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Dora Vasilakou, Theodora Malamou
Artists: Babak Ahteshamipour, Angelos kyriou, Antonis Larios, Theodora Malamou, Angelos Merges, Melina Mosland, Hannes Schumacher, Myrto Xanthopoulou.

«Caliban in the Uk», Filippos Tsitsopoulos
Performance and video reaction

“C'EST TOUT?”
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Jordanis Theodoridis, Werner Widmer, widmertheodoridis
Artists: Othmar Eder, Sandra Kühne, Victorine Müller, Elisabeth Nembrini, Ursula Palla, steffenschöni, Nicolas Vionnet, Werner Widmer.

"Epic
-003-", Paolo Incarnato
Installation
Curated by:
Stratis Pantazis

«In Slit»
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Hara Piperidou
Artists: Jacques Duboux, Konstantinos Kotsis, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Anna Lascari, Andreas Lolis, Yorgos Maraziotis, Irini Miga, Valia Papastamou, Fotini Paplana, Georgia Sagri.

«City Dwellers»
Group exhibition, Kaktos Project
Curated by:
Caroline May
Artists: Dimitra Ioannou, Sotiris Panousakis, Lila Polenaki, Kostis Velonis.

«Elephant in the Room»
Group exhibition
Curated by:
Georg Georgakopoulos
Artists: Spyros Aggelopoulos, Dimitris Antonitsis, Kostis Velonis, Theodoros Zafeiropoulos, Babis Karalis, Ioanna Lin, Maro Michalakakos, Kostas Bassanos, Maria Papadimitriou, Nikos Papadimitriou / Kostas Tsolis.

«Natural equivalence»
Installation
Panos Profitis, Marina Papadaki


Back to Athens 8 International Arts Festival 2021
Isaiah Mansion
65 Patission & Ioulianou, Athens, 104 33

Opening day:
Thursday, July 1
Duration:
July 1 – 4, 2021
Visiting hours:
Thursday 1.7, Friday 2.7, 16:00 – 22:00, Saturday 3.7, Sunday 4.7, 12:00 – 22:00

Back to Athens 8 Curatorial team:
Georg Georgakopoulos, Fotini Kapiris, Christian Rupp

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