Andreas Pashias - Visual & Performance Artist
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Curating the group exhibition "ANDRAS" opening on Saturday 18th of October 19:30 at
Cheapart.Chalandri Gallery in Athens - Greece, featuring the work of Giorgos Gerontides,
GRAAM, Idan Bitton, Manuel Vason, Michel Lamoller, Stefanos Varnava & Theoklitos
By referring to the conceptual construction of the definition ‘masculinity’, the group
exhibition "ANDRAS" presents in the exhibition space Cheapart.Halandri the unified work of
seven artists, having the body of a visual and performance artist, alongside its image, as the
basic material for creation. The artists, each coming from his own field of practice, such as
architecture and photography, have been invited to formulate their personal pattern of
perception towards a male body that carries its own ‘history’ as a social construct, shaped by
the suppositions and expectations requested to fulfill. The way in which this entity is
confronted and ‘handled’, from one man to another, can be seen as a reflection of the ways
in which each artist perceives his own ‘masculinity’.
In the attempt to merge diverse practices with the art of performance, the body in live action
is now presented as an ‘event’. The monumentality of the male body, based on its image as a
symbol of dynamic activity, comes in contact with its ephemeral reality when it becomes
translated through the prism of an external receiver. The process of perception appears as an
intervening activity onto the corporeal and conceptual constitution of the body, exhibiting
the ‘signs’ that it has inscribed upon it. By examining the value of ‘collaboration’, as each
artwork has been distanced from its ‘sole’ creator, the exhibition "ANDRAS" proposes artistic
activity as a common and participative process, from the artist towards the audience, from a
single unit towards a social ensemble.
Duration: 18 October - 10 November 2014 (Tuesday - Saturday 14:00 - 21:00)
Cheapart.Halandri / Stratarchou Papagou 13, 15234, Halandri
Contact: 2106833620 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Vertical - Collaborative Actions led by Manuel Vason, 3rd Thessaloniki Performance Festival /
4th Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2013
Horizontal - Layerscape (Facescape 5), Michel Lamoller, 2014
As a visual and performance artist, Pashias’ practice is grounded in the field of performance art through the creation of live performances, video performances, installations and performance photography.
By establishing the artist’s body as the basic material for creation, Pashias sets up performances in the form of a situation or an environment, where the artist’s body meets the bodies of audience members, in order for ‘action’ and ‘re-action’ to take place. This connection can be paralleled to the relationship of an individual to society, as the artist’s body is dismantled into a set of pieces, physical parts, habits or ideas, and it is offered to be received or perceived by others, whose ‘stance’ towards this body eventually results in it’s physical and conceptual shaping. His continuing investigation on how to establish lines of connection or alternative modes of communication with what seems to be ‘exogenous’ comes across as everyone's search for a personal/internal composition. At the same time, Pashias work is proposed as a visual experience, where action becomes an ‘image-making’ process, attempting to investigate the strength of imagery on the process of perception.
Pashias has graduated from Goldsmiths University (BA Fine Art & History of Art, 2010) and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (MA Performance Design & Practice, 2011) in London. Whilst presenting three solo exhibitions in Cyprus and Greece, his work has also been included in group exhibitions and international festivals taking place in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Bulgaria and Turkey. In 2013, Pashias co-founded the epitelesis – Performance Art Foundation and has been active in curating exhibitions and series of events on the relationship of live action to other artistic practices, through an ongoing research into diverse exhibitory interpretations of performance art.