collaborative & curatorial projects

Through the roadblocks: realities in raw motion 

Conference in Limassol, Cyprus

23, 24, 25 November 2012

The Through the roadblocks: realities in raw motion conference is co-organised by NeMe, the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts (Art History and Theory Research Lab) of the Cyprus University of Technology, and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

In this conference, through a performance-lecture was presented the exhibition "Bound", which was co-curated from Maria Lianou, Nana Sachini, Sofia Touboura

Evening keynote lectures

  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (IN/US)
  • Tariq Ali (PK/UK)

Session keynote papers

Lanfranco, Aceti (IT/UK/TR), George Alexander (AU), Srećko Horvat (HR), Nada Shabout (IQ/US)


Klitsa Antoniou (CY), Boris Bakal (HR), Antonis Balasopoulos (GR/CY), Helene Black (CY), Umut Bozkurt (CY), Bernd Bräunlich (DE), Çağlar Çetin (TR), Dimitris Charitos (GR), Yiannis Christidis (GR/CY), Marianna Christofides (CY/DE), Coti K (GR), Antonis Danos (CY), Yannos Economou (CY), Mayssa Fattouh (LB/QA), Phillip George (AU), Jean-Pierre Hébert (FR/CA), Tahl Kaminer (IL/UK), George Katodrytis (CY/AE), Lara Khaldi (PS), Yazan Khalili (PS), Nesrine Khodr (LB), Gabriel Koureas (CY/UK), Maria Lianou (CY/GR), Peter Lyssiotis (AU), Androulla Michael (CY/FR), Andreas Panayiotou (CY). Katerina Pejovic (SI), Artemis Potamianou (GR), Ghalya Saadawi (LB/UK), Nana Sachini (GR), Guli Silberstein (IL/UK), Sharmeen Syed (PK/AE), Nicos Synnos (CY), Sophia Touboura (GR), Nikos Trimikliniotis (CY), Susanne Weiß (DE), Yannis Yapanis (CY), Iannis Zannos (GR), Lena Zeise (DE)


BOUND / Through the Roadblocks, june 2012@ OpenShowstudio, Athens

Co-curated by Maria Lianou, Nana Sachini,  Sofia Touboura 

Comes as participating project in Through the Roadblocks project of NeMe (

bound: 1. A boundary, a limit. / 2.tied /  3. to leap forward or upward; spring


Under the multiple readings of the title,  “Bound” presents artists from the Balkan region.
Given that the issue of ever-reforming identities is constantly present in the region –where historical, racial, political, gender, artistic, ontological terms are at stake-, the exhibition explores the interrelationship of participants within this reality of continuous flux, their interaction with and their attitude towards it.
Artists from different starting points and backgrounds and looking towards different directions, each one with his/her own artistic language, negotiate issues of how to define and abolish limits, divisions and restrictions, in a direct and caustic manner.
Participants: Pravdoliub Ivanov/Bulgaria, Νemanja Nikolić/Serbia, Marko Tadić/Croatia, Ender Gelcec/Turkey, Stela Vula/Albania, Dušica Dražić&Sam Hopkins/ Serbia&Kenya, Jana Stojaković/Serbia, Filippos Gountzos/Greece-Albania, Vasilis Chatzopoulos/Greece, Fani Sofologi/Greece, Em Kei & Nicolaich/Greece

"Brigitte's Vardo or almost 15 minutes", 2012
installation- performance-photography exhibition, Re-activation of theatre "Embros" from Kinisi Mavili, Athens, Greece 
(with Maria Lianou, Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Iordanis Papadopoulos, Nana Sachini, Stavro-Christo Vlachakis)

Brigittes Vardo

In February 2012 I invited the above artists and a writer, to develop together the idea that I had proposed at the Theatre Embros for a series of installations-performances-photos, an event that lasted two days.
The idea was to create a series of installations-sets (inspired by excerpts from theatrical roles) around and on the bodies of volunteers-viewers-protagonists with materials and objects, so that the final result would be a new visual installation-theatrical scene. The viewer, after the installation was completed, was trying to play the respective role. At the end the result was photographed in order the three dimensional installation with the viewer to be transcribed into a photographic portrait.
The materials-objects were manipulated in order to become extensions of the bodies and the roles, considering the sculptural dimension of the body and of stage design, and the interrelationship that is taking shape that specific moment between the artist and the audience.

Τον Φεβρουάριο του 2012 προσκάλεσα τους παραπάνω εικαστικούς και λογοτέχνη, για αναπτύξουμε μαζί την ιδέα που είχα προτείνει στο Θέατρο Εμπρός για μια σειρά εγκαταστάσεων-performances-φωτογραφιών που κράτησε ένα διήμερο.

Η αρχική ιδέα ήταν να δημιουργηθούν μια σειρά από εγκαταστάσεις-σκηνικά (με αφορμή αποσπάσματα από θεατρικούς ρόλους) γύρω από και πάνω στα σώματα των εθελοντών-θεατών-πρωταγωνιστών με υλικά κι αντικείμενα, ώστε να δημιουργείται εκ νέου ένα μικρό θεατρικό-εικαστικό στιγμιότυπο. Ο θεατής, αφού στηνόταν η εγκατάσταση, προσπαθούσε να απαγγείλει το κείμενο από τον αντίστοιχο ρόλο. Στο τέλος φωτογραφιζόταν ώστε η τρισδιάστατη εγκατάσταση με τον θεατή να αποτυπωθεί ως φωτογραφικό πορτρέτο.

Τα υλικά δουλεύτηκαν με στόχο να γίνουν προέκταση των σωμάτων και των ρόλων, εξετάζοντας τη γλυπτική διάσταση του σώματος και της σκηνογραφίας, αλλά και την αλληλεπίδραση που δημιουργείται εκείνη τη στιγμή μεταξύ θεατή-δημιουργού.

τροχήλατη παραδοσιακή σκεπαστή καρότσα, δεμένη σε άλογα, γνωστή και για τη χρήση της από τους Βρετανούς Ρομά τσιρκολάνους κι αρτίστες.
αμφιλεγόμενη γαλλίδα ηθοποιός, μοντέλο, τραγουδίστρια και ακτιβίστρια για τα δικαιώματα των ζώων.
Ο Οιδίποδας, Βλαδίμηρου κι Εστραγκόν γωνία, περιμένει, η Δεσποινίς Μαργαρίτα διδάσκει στα Τρία Γουρουνάκια πώς να χτίζουν γερά σπίτια, ο Μακμπέθ δεν μπορεί να αντισταθεί σε ένα κομμάτι κέικ της Αλίκης, …

υγ. Οι φωτογραφίες-πορτρέτα από τους «πρωταγωνιστές»  παρουσιάστηκαν στο φουαγιέ του θεάτρου «Εμπρός», μετά το τέλος των «παραστάσεων»

poster "Brigitte's Vardo or almost 15 minutes"-photo of last installation 

sample photos from the installations-performances

 "prophets in love", 2011

 A collaborative artist's book(one-of-a-kind object) with Iordanis Papadopoulos, greek poet.
Presented in 98 Weeks research/project space in Bey Hamam, Thessaloniki, Greece, part of Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art biennale:3 "Παλιές διασταυρώσεις-Make it new"  (co-curated by Paolo Colombo, Mahita El Bacha Urieta, Marina Fokidis and Mirene Arsanios)
and in "On books and translation", 98weeks Research/Project Space, Beirut, Lebanon.
front cover of the book


sample pages from inside the book

"Teen Spirits", 2008.
A collaborative project with Patricia Lennox Boyd.
Presented in the group show "Condensation 2009", Bodhi Gallery, London, U.K.
Mixed media on polaroid