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2013 - 55th International Art Exhibition
Friday, 22 March 2013 10:14


Stefanos Tsivopoulos to represent Greece
at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

1 June – 24 November 2013

Stefanos Tsivopoulos will represent Greece at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia with his work History Zero, which will be unveiled at the Giardini during the preview on 29 May 2013.

The project is curated by Syrago Tsiara, Director of the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Greece, and has been commissioned by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports.

History Zero comprises a film of three parts alongside an archive of text and images. The work, specially commissioned for the Biennale, comes at a critical moment in contemporary Greek and European history. Throughout his work Tsivopoulos seeks to raise questions surrounding major moments in history, such as the Greek military junta of 1967–1974 and the Cold War. 

The exhibition takes as its starting point the multi-layered contemporary crisis in Greece, which Tsivopoulos sees as an opportunity to interpret an alternative visualisation of the future. The film depicts three human experiences relating to notions of value systems and in so doing explores the role of money in the formation of human relationships and political and social elements relating to the ownership of money.

The accompanying selection of archival materials provides examples and evidence of alternative non-monetary exchange systems, focusing on the ability of such models to erode or put in question the homogenizing political power of common currency, and the ways in which communities function in relation to the exchange of goods in difficult times. The combination of the archive and films brings together the diverse culture surrounding economic exchange whilst challenging the social, political and performative aspect of alternative currency models.

Based in Amsterdam and Athens, Stefanos Tsivopoulos’ work refers to the past, collective and individual memory, the genius loci or protective spirit of a place, and notions of public discourse. His work also deals with the technology of the image, television aesthetics and the historical authenticity of cinema.

55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia 

The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice from 1 June to 24 November 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale (Preview: 29-31 May 2013), as well as in various venues across the city. The Biennale’s title chosen by its Director, Massimiliano Gioni, is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Place.

For media enquiries, images and interview requests please contact: 

Sam Talbot | Sutton PR | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | +44 (0)20 7183 3577 

Ellie Davidson | Sutton PR | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | +44 (0)20 7183 3577


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Film Production / Παραγωγή: HAOS Film Athens
Texts / Κείμενα: Katerina Gregos / Κατερίνα Γρέγου, Gregory Sholette, Syrago Tsiara / Συραγώ Τσιάρα, Stefanos Tsivopoulos / Στέφανος Τσιβόπουλος
Archive Research Coordinator, Τext Αuthor, Proof-Reader / Συντονισμός Έρευνας Αρχείου, Συγγραφή, Διόρθωση Κειμένων: Aimee Placas
Archive Assistant Researcher, Proof-Reader, Communication / Βοηθός Ερευνητής Αρχείου, Διόρθωση Κειμένων, Επικοινωνία: Panagis Koutsokostas / Παναγής Κουτσοκώστας
Exhibition Architectural Design / Αρχιτεκτονικός Σχεδιασμός Έκθεσης: Eva-Maria Stadelmann, Bernd Schmutz, Frank Joachim Wössner Berlin/London
Technical Development, Exhibition Production and Audiovisuals / Τεχνολογική Υποστήριξη, Παραγωγή Έκθεσης και Οπτικοακουστικά: Anything is Possible; Robert Clarijs & Joep Münstermann
Catalogue Design and Visual Identity / Σχεδιασμός Καταλόγου και Οπτική Ταυτότητα: NODE Berlin Oslo
International Communication / Διεθνής Επικοινωνία, Τύπος: Press Sutton PR, London
Communication for Greece / Επικοινωνία για την Ελλάδα: Kalfayan Galleries
Communication for Italy / Επικοινωνία για την Ιταλία: Prometeogallery by ida Pisani
Supporters / Υποστηρικτές: Irene Panagopoulos, Faliro House Productions


Press Conference of the Greek Participation: Thursday, 30th May 2013, 11 am / Greek Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale.
Inauguration of the Greek Participation: Friday, 31st May 2013, 12 am/ Greek Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale
Exhibition dates: 1st June το 24th November 2013   
Opening Times: 10am – 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

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