Antonis Pittas: merged in a cycle
9 June, 4pm
nám. Jana Palacha 80, Praha
The point of departure or possibly closing punch line of Antonis Pittas’s presentation at UMPRUM will be his intervention into the space of Foundation and Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague labelled Merged in a Cycle. Through its framework, Pittas will elaborate on his long term interests in the memory of private, semi-public and public spaces, capturing the gravity of moments of destruction, reconstruction and the recombination of elements composing identity of specific groups of people bound with nationality or belonging to a specific geographical territory. His consideration for inquiry of historically delimited strategies of conceiving public memory and their current forms will be critically discussed with the audience and through a dialogue with curator Jen Kratochvil.
Antonis Pittas, born in Athens, Greece, lives and works in Amsterdam. He creates mainly context-sensitive spatial installations, which are informed by architecture, art-historical references, the performative aspects of installation art, and its social dynamics. Recent exhibitions include: hold on solo exhibition at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, 2016; The Shock of Victory, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 2015; Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will, 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2015; montage, solo exhibition at Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, 2014; Performing Silence, solo exhibition at De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, 2013; AGORA, 4th Athens Biennale, 2013; Once upon a time… The Collection Now, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2013; Retroactive, solo exhibition at the Hessel Museum of Art & CCS Galleries Bard College, NY, 2011/2012; Landart, solo exhibition at the Benaki Museum, Athens, 2012; untitled (this is a historic opportunity for us), solo exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2010.