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The Equilibrists organized by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, Athens / Athens

The Equilibrists 

A project organized by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens 
in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, Athens


with:

Loukia Alavanou, Dimitris Ameladiotis, Maria Anastassiou, Eleni Bagaki, Margarita Bofiliou, Marianna Christofides, Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos, Petros Efstathiadis, Eirene Efstathiou, Zoi Gaitanidou, Giorgos Gerontides, Stelios Kalinikou, Yannis Karpouzis, Lito Kattou, Kernel, Ioannis Koliopoulos, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Orestis Mavroudis, Irini Miga, Olga Migliaressi-Phoca, Petros Moris, Persefoni Myrtsou & Eva Giannakopoulou, Malvina Panagiotidi, Aliki Panagiotopoulou, Eva Papamargariti, Zoe Paul, Sofia Stevi, Anastasis Stratakis, Valinia Svoronou, Paky Vlassopoulou, Myrto Xanthopoulou, Natalie Yiaxi


curated by:
Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni


Duration: June 16 – October 9, 2016

138 Pireos St
Athens


Works by Yannis Karpouzis and Malvina Panagiotidi
Works by Malvina Panagiotidiand Yannis Karpouzis 
Works by Eirene Efstathiou, Petros Moris, Yannis Karpouzis and Malvina Panagiotidi


Work by Valinia Svoronou, Petros Moris and Orestis Mavroudis

Works by Marianna Christofides

Works by Eirene Efstathiou, Valinia Svoronou, Malvina Panagiotidi, Petros Moris and Yannis Karpouzis 

Works by Eirene Efstathiou, Valinia Svoronou, Malvina Panagiotidi and Yannis Karpouzis


Works by Eirene Efstathiou, Malvina Panagiotidi and  Petros Moris 
Works by Eirene Efstathiou and Valinia Svoronou 

Works by Valinia Svoronou and Petros Moris

Work by Petros Moris

Work by Petros Moris
Work by Orestis Mavroudis

Work by Orestis Mavroudis

Works by KERNEL and Petros Moris

Works by Loukia Alavanou and KERNEL

Works by Loukia Alavanou 

Works by Loukia Alavanou 


Works by Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos and Eva Papamargariti

Works Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos, Eva Papamargariti and Zoe Paul
Works Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos, Eva Papamargariti and Zoe Paul

Works Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos and Eva Papamargariti 
Works by Zoe Paul and  Zoi Gaitanidou
Works by Zoe Paul, Zoi Gaitanidou, and Paky Vlassopoulou

Works by Zoe Paul, Zoi Gaitanidou and Paky Vlassopoulou

Works by Zoi Gaitanidou, Paky Vlassopoulou and Zoe Paul

Works by Zoi Gaitanidou and Paky Vlassopoulou
Works by Ioannis Kolliopoulos, Dimitris Ameladiotis and Anastasis Stratakis

Works by Zoi Gaitanidou and Paky Vlassopoulou


Works by Ioannis Kolliopoulos, Dimitris Ameladiotis and Anastasis Stratakis

Works by Ioannis Kolliopoulos, Anastasis Stratakis and Dimitris Ameladiotis

Works by Ioannis Kolliopoulos and Dimitris Ameladiotis

Works by Ioannis Kolliopoulos and Dimitris Ameladiotis

Works by Dimitris Ameladiotis and Zoi Gaitanidou 

Works by Anastasis Stratakis and Olga Migliaressi-Phoca

Work by Persefoni Myrtsou & Eva Giannakopoulou

Work by Persefoni Myrtsou & Eva Giannakopoulou

Works by Lito Kattou and Maria Anastassiou

Works by Lito Kattou and Olga Migliaressi-Phoca

Works by Myrto Xanthopoulou 

Works by Stelios Kallinikou and Myrto Xanthopoulou 
Works by Lito Kattou and Maria Anastassiou

Works by Lito Kattou and Olga Migliaressi-Phoca


Works by Myrto Xanthopoulou and Ioannis Kolliopoulos 

Works by Lito Kattou and Olga Migliaressi-Phoca
Works by Olga Migliaressi-Phoca, Petros Efstathiadis and Margarita Bofiliou

Works by Stelios Kallinikou and Aliki Panagiotopoulou

Works by Aliki Panagiotopoulou, Lito Kattou, and Myrto Xanthopoulou

Works by Aliki Panagiotopoulou

Works by Aliki Panagiotopoulou and Lito Kattou

Works by Stelios Kallinikou and Aliki Panagiotopoulou

Works by Olga Migliaressi-Phoca, Petros Estathiadis and Stelios Kallinikou  


Works by Giorgos Gerontides and Petros Estathiadis
Works by Natalie Yiaxi, Stelios Kallinikou and Giorgos Gerontides 

Works by Lito Kattou, Giorgos Gerontides and Petros Estathiadis

Works by Petros Efstathiadis, Margarita Bofiliou and Natalie Yiaxi

Works by Petros Efstathiadis, Margarita Bofiliou and Natalie Yiaxi

Works by Petros Efstathiadis and Natalie Yiaxi 

Works by Margarita Bofiliou and Sofia Stevi

Works by Margarita Bofiliou and Sofia Stevi

Works by Sofia Stevi

Works by Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Irini Miga, Margarita Bofiliou and Sofia Stevi

Works by Sofia Stevi and Chrysanthi Koumianaki

Work by Chrysanthi Koumianaki

Works by Sofia Stevi

Works by Sofia Stevi

Works by Eleni Bagaki

Works by Eleni Bagaki


Works by Eleni Bagaki

Works by Eleni Bagaki and Irini Miga


Works by Irini Miga (Photo by Nikos Alexopoulos)
Works by Irini Miga and Giorgos Gerontides (Photo by Nikos Alexopoulos)

Works by Irini Miga (Photo by Nikos Alexopoulos)

Works by Irini Miga (Photo by Nikos Alexopoulos)





The Equilibrists is a project organized by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, Athens, on the occasion of DESTE’s 33rd anniversary. This project continues the DESTE Foundation’s history of supporting talented emerging Greek artists. On the occasion of its anniversary, rather than focusing on its past, the Foundation is looking forward with a focus on the future of young art in Greece.

The exhibition is curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni.

The Equilibrists brings together work by a new generation of young Greek and Cypriot artists working in Athens and abroad. The artists were selected by the New Museum curators, Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen, drawing on their own research and the recommendations of a team of more than 20 advisors made up of curators, artists, and writers in Greece, and following trips to Athens, Thessaloniki, Cyprus, London, and Berlin.

The 33 artists and collaborations in the exhibition have adopted radically diverse approaches towards reflecting and engaging with the world around them. Working across painting, sculpture, drawing, film & video, and performance, the artists in The Equilibrists capture the fragility of the present moment through a shared approach to materiality. Their work touches upon themes as varied as historical memory, shifting notions of cultural identity, the politics of architecture and infrastructure, and the surfaces and flows of the digital realm.

This group of artists, ranging from their mid-20s to mid-30s, has emerged amidst a climate of political and economic instability, part of an international ‘young precariat,’ whose challenges have only increased in the past decade. Instead of being paralyzed by these circumstances, these young creators have responded with a spirit of improvisation and cooperation. The exhibition also reflects the role of these artists in sustaining and invigorating the artistic community through artist run spaces, residencies, and other platforms which continue to gain widespread international attention.
The Equilibrists is in keeping with the spirit of the ongoing DESTE Prize which has honored a promising young Greek artist biannually since 1999. It also reflects one of the fundamental aims of the Benaki Museum, which as a historical museum, regularly seeks to bridge the past with the emerging present. Finally, this project also continues the New Museum’s ongoing commitment to international emerging artists, highlighted by its signature Triennial exhibition which will next take place in 2018.

Organized by the DESTE Foundation and the New Museum, New York in collaboration with the Benaki Museum 

All photos © Fanis Vlastaras & Rebecca Constantopoulou (unless otherwise mentioned)