«No one is righteous by his own will»
Dimitris Tzamouranis – Filippos Tsitsopoulos
Organized by: Skoufa Gallery
Curated by: Niki Papaspyrou
«Parnassos» Literary Society
Opening Day: Thursday 8th February, 19:30-21:30
Duration: 8 February – 2 March 2024
Skoufa Gallery organizes and presents “No one is Righteous by his own will” at “Parnassos” Literary Society, an exhibition curated by Niki Papaspyrou with works by Dimitris Tzamouranis and Filippos Tsitsopoulos. The opening date is on Thursday 8th February, 19:30-21:30 and the closing date is on Saturday 2nd March 2024. During the exhibition’s opening evening, at 20:30, Filippos Tsitsopoulos will perform “One sees more devils than the vast hell can hold”.
With “No one is Righteous by his own will”, Dimitris Tzamouranis and Filippos Tsitsopoulos create a critical dialogue between their work. Through the use of multiple masks and “personas”, they converse on the human existentialism and inquire mankind’s attraction to evil.
With an abundance of rich and common references, with parallel conceptual researches, with a similar way of structuring their visual language/production and with the history of art, literature and culture as a tool, the two artists, Dimitris Tzamouranis and Filippos Tsitsopoulos, create an exhibition with a baroque aesthetic, full of images with allegorical and metaphorical meaning. Dimitris Tzamouranis’ painting “Agios Antonios” is inspired by Filippos Tsitsopoulos’ performances and becomes the core of the exhibition. The dialogue that develops between the work of the two artists focuses on the collapse of “myths”, tragedy, history, time, the inhumane landscape where people realize their destiny, the violence that dominates almost all aspects of life, the anxiety to become the person we really want to be, the belief in dreams and the lack of awareness.
Short biographical notes:
Dimitris Tzamouranis was born in Kalamata in 1967. He studied painting at the School of Fine Arts at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and continued with post-graduate studies at the Universitaat der Kunste (UdK) in Berlin. In 1995, he received an award from the Spyropoulos Foundation in Athens. Since 1990, he had more than 30 solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in Europe (Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Turkey and the Czech Republic). In 2013, he had a retrospective exhibition at Frissiras Museum in Greece and at Kunsthalle Osnabrück in Germany. He has participated in many group exhibitions at important international art and cultural institutions. In 2017, he exhibited at Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany. His work can be found at important collections both in Greece and abroad. He lives and works in Berlin.
Filippos Tsitsopoulos was born in Athens in 1967. He lives and works in London and Athens. He studied at the School of Fine Arts at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and completed his PhD at Complutense University in Madrid (1996). He has presented his video installations in many exhibitions and shows. He has worked at the El Prado Museum in Madrid, from 2005 until 2012. His installations and artistic theatrical performances have been shown at many exhibitions at The Serpentine Gallery, with the support of Hans Ulrich Obrist for film and performance Kage where K for Kott, with Fernando Castro Florez in Madrid, at the FACT Liverpool, at the Bluecoat with Mike Stubbs, at the Frieze Art Fair in London, the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, twice at the Tate Modern, at Toynbee Studios and Artsadmin and at Live art Development Agency LADA with Lois Keidan. He has worked with Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos at the project. Het Vlot. Kunst is (niet) eenzaam / The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely, at several theatres and stages and performance festivals in the UK such as the Fringe, the Edinburgh Fringe, in Leeds, the Southbank Performance festival, and collaborated with the historic BONE Festival of performance in Bern, Norbert Klassen and The Black Market International. In Greece, he has exhibited at Batagianni gallery and at E. Tseliou gallery and in Madrid he collaborates with Rafael Pérez Hernando gallery. He has performed at Megaro Mousikis in Athens with Anna Kafetsi and Denys Zacharopoulos, at Dimitria with Thouli Mirsioglou and recently, he started a new collaboration with Thessaliko Theatre and Kyriaki Spanou.
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