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Pelagodromeis (Ocean Runners)

We are in the midst of a grave humanitarian crisis. It is assumed that, so far this year, more than 2.500 migrants were drowned, attempting the journey towards the “lighthouse” of Europe. European governments are more concerned with keeping people out of their fortresses than saving lives.

  • Yiannis Pappas
  • Yiannis Pappas
  • Yiannis Pappas
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Director Biography - Yiannis Pappas

Yiannis Pappas is a visual and performance artist based in Berlin. He studied sculpture and photography at the Athens School of Fine Arts until 2008. During the last year of his studies, he attended Christiane Möbus' class at the University of the Arts in Berlin (UdK), and completed the artistic and scientific Master of Arts Space Strategies at the Academy of Arts Weißensee in Berlin with Professor Maren Strack and Professor Kathrin Wildner. He has received awards from the Academy of Athens, Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), Goethe Institute Residencies, and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Yiannis’ work has been exhibited in Israel, Germany, Mexico, France, Chile, Italy, India, Greece and Egypt. Religion, urbanism, nature and cultural spaces are central to his artistic themes, while the notion of intervention dominates his work.

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Director Statement

Throughout Pappas’ work runs a deep fascination for the relation between space and the human body in natural and urban environments. His visual language is rich and varied, encompassing multiple forms of expression, such as video work, photography, performative, installative and interventionist practices, all of which bear the signs of Pappas’ anthropological and phenomenological approach toward his subjects. Underscored by a critical interest in space, as sites of physical and symbolic enactment, his artistic work and research explores how different places are sustained collectively and individually throughout history.