Zafos Xagoraris

“The Niche”, a project by Zafos Xagoraris on Nikolaos Mistakis' chapel for documenta 14


“The Niche”, printed document with Mitsakis’ drawings, images of the building and related actions, 24x16 cm, 8th Gymnasium, Athens, 2017 - (design by VIER5)

In 1916, the Nomikos estate in Patissia opened the first open-air school for children suffering from first stages of tuberculosis. In the same area a few years later, the 8th Public Gymnasium was built. In the courtyard of the school, an open-walled chapel was designed by architect Nicholaos Mitsakis. This chapel gave the opportunity to all students, passersby and members of the community to coexist collectively in the courtyard and take part to the rituals. In 1937, the interior walls of the chapel were painted by Spyros Papaloukas. During the German invasion, the chapel was occupied and its walls were whitewashed, while in the 1950s the open side was covered by a wall. The project aims to contribute to the restoration of the chapel to its original form and to collectively activate the residents of the neighborhood, the students, the school’s administration, the church, the Municipality of Athens, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture. Printed material of Mitsakis’ drawings, collective actions around the project, the history of the building and related gestures are being added in an ongoing publication commissioned by documenta 14.

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1963geboren in Athen; lebt und arbeitet in Athen
1982/83Architekturstudium an der National Technical University of Athens, Athen
1983-88Studium der Malerei an der Athens School of Fine Arts, Athen
seit 1986Mitglied der Verlagsgruppe Black Museum
1989-91Master of Science in Visual Studies am Center for Advanced Visual Studies am Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stipendium der S. Onassis Foundation
1996Beginn seiner Lehrtätigkeit an der Athens School of Fine Arts, Athen
seit 1998Mitglied der Architekten- & Künstlergruppe "Urban Void"
1999-2000Lehrauftrag am Lehrstuhl für Architektur an der University of Patra, Griechenland
2000Habilitation in Kunstphilosophie: The Technics of Surprise and the Construction of Miracles in Hero of Alexandria
seit 2000Lehrtätigkeit an der School of Fine Arts, Athen
2002Lehrtätigkeit am Lehrstuhl für Architektur an der University of Thessalia
Beginn der Zusammenarbeit mit dem Mediterranean Center of Architecture
2004Co-Kurator des griechischen Pavillons der 9. Architektur Biennale in Venedig
Gastwissenschaftler der Columbia University, Lehrtätigkeit und Arbeiten in New York als Fulbright-Stipendiant
Vortag an der IUAV, Venedig
Assistenz-Professur an der Athens School of Fine Arts, Athen
seit 2005Professor an der School of Fine Arts, Athen
2007Citta Europa, Vortrag am Goethe-Institut in Rom, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Rom
Space, People and Place, Vortrag an der D´Annunzio University, Pescara
Beginn seiner Arbeit mit "Errands"
2009Co-Kurator der Athens Biennal 2009, Athen
2011Gastprofessur an der Sassari University
Gastkünstler an der University of Michigan
2017-2019Organisation der pädagogischen Workshops "Dismantling Devices"
2019Venedig Biennale, Griechischer Pavillon

Solo Exhibitions

2020"Open Air Care" (with installation Tilted Classroom) / Freiraum, Berlin
201958. Biennale di Venezia, Greek Pavilion, together with Eva Stefani and Panos Charalambous
2016"The Performance" / NEON city project, Athen
2015"Tilted Classroom" / Benaki Museum, Athen
2014"Drawings of Sound" / Zoumboulakis Galleries (personal), Athen
"Nikos Arvanitis, Stephan Dillemuth, Anja Kirschner, Karolin Meunier, Zafos Xagoraris"/ Françoise Heitsch, München
2013"Agora" / 4. Biennale von Athen
2012"dispari & dispari project" / Glockentürme in der Region Emilia, kuratiert von Andrea Sassi und Massimiliano Scudari, ein Aufenhaltsprojekt in Syrakus, present revolutions eine öffentliche Aktion von Zafos Xagoraris
2010"Agora" / Françoise Heitsch, verbunden mit einer eintägigen Aktion in der Glyptothek, München
2008"Going Public 08" / öffentliche Sound-Installation, Sassuolo
2007"Zafos Xagoraris" / Koscielak Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006"Local Amps" / Antonopoulou Art Gallery, Athen
2005"Silencers and Amps" / Françoise Heitsch, München
"The Amp" / Koscielak Gallery, Chicago
2002"The Arrow and the ye" / Antonopoulou Art Gallery, Athen
1999"Drawings of Surveillance Devices" / Paratiritis Gallery, Thessaloniki
1998"Periscopes" / Epikentro Gallery, Athen
1997"Mobile environments" / Paratiritis Gallery, Thessaloniki
1996"Birnam" / Epikentro Gallery, Athen
1992"The stage" / Epikentro Gallery, Athen

Group Exhibitions

2022"Tilted Classroom" / Freiraum in der Box, Berlin
"This current between us" / Neo Faliro, Athen
2021"Denunziation!" / ACC Galerie Weimar
2020"News from the Studios – A life-affirming show" / Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens
Online-Kunstprojekt "Che Fare?"
2017"Documenta 14" / Kassel und Athen
"Pause" / Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens
2016"Politiche della Natura" / Fondazione Zimei, Pescara
"NEON city project" / Athens
2014"Nikos Arvanitis, Stephan Dillemuth, Anja Kirschner, Karolin Meunier, Zafos Xagoraris" / Françoise Heitsch, München
"No Country for Young Men"/ BOZAR, Brüssel
20134th Athens Biennial, Athen
2012"portrait x" / Galleria Clou, Ragusa, Italien
2011"sotto quale cielo ? a c u r a d i d a n i e l a b i g i" / mit Massimo Bartolini, Flavio Favelli, Hans Schabus und Marinella Senatore, Riso, Museo d'arte contemporanea della Sicilia, Palazzo Riso, Palermo
2010"an das gerät!" / kuratiert von Frank Motz, Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, Halle 14, Leipzig
2008"Inner Fence" / öffentliche Installation, Art Lot, Brooklyn, New York
"The Sound of Acre" / Koscielak gallery, Chicago
"Transexperiences" / Gruppenausstellung organisiert vom National Museum of Contemporary Art of Athens, 798 Art Space, Peking
"Distant Sounds" / MANIFESTA 7, Rovereto, Italien
"Garden of Delights" / Yeosou
2007Bienal Fin del Mundo, 1st Biennial of the End of the World, Ushuaia
"Heterotopia" / 1st Biennale of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki
"Exercising Idiorrythmy" / Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athen
"Port City, drei temporäre Sound-Installationen in Istanbul, Piraeus und Bristol" / ein Projekt von MAST, Museo de Arte Sociale e Territoriale, Arnolfini, Bristol
"Common View" / National Theater, Athen
7th Sao Paolo Bienal of Architecture, Beitrag mit den Gruppen „Urban Void“ und „Errands“
2006"Architectural Transparencies" / Ileana Tounta Gallery, Athen
"The Scarecrow, Metsovo" / Averoff Museum
"The Grande Promenade" / National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athen
"How to leave together" / 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo, The Sound of Acre
2005"Plus Jamais Seuls" / BF15 Gallery, Lyon
"Myths-Antimyths" / Cultural Center ZAMEK-FORUM und Koscielak Gallery, Wroclaw
"La Strada" / 16th Fuori Uso Exhibition, Pescara, Italien
2004"ausderferne ausdernähe ausdermitte" / Europäisches Patentamt München und Françoise Heitsch, München
"Athens by Art" / Athen
"Going Public 04Modena" / Italien
"Projecting the other" / Archimede Scaffolini Gallery, Nicosia
2002"Sketching out Today" / Tomorrow and Yesterday, Averoff Gallery, Metsovo, Griechenland
1999"Dunkel Blau" / Foundation for Hellenic Culture, Berlin
1998"North-South" / Transcultural Visions, Nationalmuseum Warschau, Warschau
1997"Ad hoc & in situ" / Rethymnon Center for Contemporary Art, Rethymnon
42e Salon de Montrouge, Art Contemporain, Paris
1996"Modernità" / Progetto 2000, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italien
1993Centre for the Art and the Science, Athen
1992"Metamorphoses of the Modern: The Greek experience" / National Gallery, Athen
1991"Hommage à Henryk Stazewski" / Center for the Arts, Municipality of Athens, Athen
1990Biennale of young artists of the European Mediterranean Countries, Marseille
1986Biennale of young artists of the European Mediterranean Countries, Thessaloniki