Book Launch: Stefanos Tsivopoulos ARCHIVE CRISIS

Book launch

Stefanos Tsivopoulos ARCHIVE CRISIS

Shaking up the Shelves of History: A Visual Essay on Media Images from the Recent Political Past of Greece

Tuesday March 1st, 2016 – from 18.30 hrs

On Tuesday March 1st Manifesta Foundation in Amsterdam organizes the book launch of Archive Crisis by former Manifesta 8 artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos 

Archive Crisis consists of unpublicized visual and textual records that document three distinct political moments in Greece’s recent past; the Truman Doctrine, the Dictatorship of the Colonels, and the Marxist Revolutionary Organization 17 November. Tsivopoulos organized and edited this material in the form of a multi-layered visual essay, after an extensive research in both private and public media archives over a period of seven years. Tsivopoulos is interested in these records as visual by-products of tumultuous political times, marked by, among other things, nationalist propaganda, crypto-colonialism and terrorism and reintroduces them as the remainders of an unsettling past and a present in crisis. The visual essay further focuses on the tactility and pictorial idiosyncrasies of these photographs in light of the immateriality of the digital age. The textual essays, in turn, examine the artistic and political relevance of the images by challenging our sense of responsibility and complicity towards them.

The book furthermore includes commissioned essays by Dimitris Antoniou, Hilde de Bruijn, Alfredo Cramerotti providing academic reflection and linking these historical images to a broader contemporary context. Dimitris Antoniou is an interdisciplinary scholar teaching in the Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University. Hilde de Bruijn is a freelance curator and a curator at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art. Alfredo Cramerotti is the director of MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales and was one of the curators of Manifesta 8.

Editors: Hilde de Bruijn, Stefanos Tsivopoulos Paperback, 176 pages, 21 x 28 cm, numerous ill. English
Published by Jap Sam Books, Supported by the Mondriaan Fund . ISBN 978-94-90322-44-1


18.30 hrs:             General introduction to the format and organization of the book by Amsterdam-based curator Hilde de Bruijn, co-editor and one of the authors of Archive Crisis.

18.45 hrs:             Introduction by the artist into his relationship to archive material, and the collection of images in Archive Crisis specifically. Tsivopoulos will also go into the urgency of these images within the current and historical international context of Greece

19.00 hrs:            If I Can’t Dance Director Frederique Bergholtz interviews Stefanos Tsivopoulos

19.30 hrs:             Q&A with audience

19.30 hrs:             First time screening of Amnesialand – either elsewhere in the building

Stefanos Tsivopoulos is a Greek artist and filmmaker. His poetic and often allegoric works, are driven by a strong interest in the sociopolitical and economic aspects that determine the world we live in. His films are presented in both art museums and film festivals around the world. In 2013 he represented Greece in the 55th Venice Biennial with the work History Zero.

Selected recent solo shows include: MuCEM, Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, Marseille; State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Cycladic Museum of Art Athens (2014); Greek Pavilion, 55th International Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia; Stella Art Foundation, Moscow (2013); ISCP, New York (2011); Heidelberg Kunstverein; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2010). Selected group exhibitions include: Kunsthaus Zurich; MACBA, Barcelona; Kunsthalle Meinheimm (2015); Tate Modern, London; 2nd Beijing Biennial; EVA Biennial, Limerick; (2014); Haus Der Culturen Der Welt, Berlin (2013); SALT, Istanbul; 4th Sculpture Quadrennial Riga (2012); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011& 2010); Manifesta 8, Murcia; Witte de With, Rotterdam (2010); CRAC LR Art Center, Sète; BFI Southbank, London (2009); Centre Photographique d’Ile de France, Paris; HDLU October Salon, Zagreb; Friedericianum, Kassel (2008); 1st Thessaloniki Biennial; 1st Athens Biennale (2007).