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THEODOROS ZAFEIROPOULOS

The development of Theodoros Zafeiropoulos’ project entitled Quest of Query (see ΑΩ 64) was presented recently at two concurrent exhibitions in Thessaloniki curated by Eszter Szakács. The first “Quest of Query: Interpretations of the Actual” was hosted at the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Warehouse B1 from 23 January to 9 March 2015.

The exhibition featured 40 drawings and 4 video installations based in the Scandinavian north, which rework the first two chapters of Quest of Query, which was initially presented in Budapest in June 2014. A metaphorical and literal peregrination through a marine environment, the national and supranational importance of parades, the human gaze and the memory of a place and experiences of it, and space and landscape as a pretext for discovering personal stories are just some of the wide-ranging issues covered in the works in this exhibition. Running in parallel over the entire duration of the exhibition were educational programmes and tours as well as a symposium attended by curators, art theorists, students and professionals from the world of art from Greece and abroad.

The second exhibition “Quest of Query: Applied Altitudes” was hosted at the Nitra Art Gallery from 29 January to 28 February 2015. It featured a 20 m installation of a panoramic landscape composed of digitally-processed photos; an endless view of the peaks of the Fløyen mountains which form the city of Bergen’s natural playground but also a ‘fortress’ behind it. The work was intended to showcase aspects of international environmental policies: the commoditisation and economic exploitation of nature. The installation came about by reworking 500 existing photos. The digital files were processed by photographer G. Boulasidis and printed on a UV Inject printer on painted linoleum tiles.

The Quest of Query project was launched by Theodoros Zafeiropoulos and the curator Eszter Szakács in Bergen Norway, which is the starting point and also a point of reference for the whole venture. The material generated and collected there has been continuously reinterpreted since then by viewing it from different theoretical perspectives. Thessaloniki’s port has noteworthy similarities with that of Bergen in Norway, which made it an ideal stopping off point for Theodoros Zafeiropoulos’ project. In each new chapter and version of the quest, the works come together again in new ways to create an ‘extended archive’, and primarily address the concepts of space and topography, rather than time and history. The Quest is a journey from ‘place seen as location’ to ‘place as a common ground’; an allegory about social and political developments.

Theodoros Zafeiropoulos graduated cum laude from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of Athens School of Fine Arts having studied there from 1998 to 2003 and then attended that school’s postgraduate programme in fine arts from 2004 to 2006. Having received scholarships from the Fulbright, Gerondelis and Alexander S. Onassis Foundations (for the 2007-2009 period) he graduated cum laude with Masters Degree from the New York School of Fine Arts and also received the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award. In 2009, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since 2009 he has been a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture, University of Thessaly.

He has had 6 solo exhibitions and taken part in more than 50 international group exhibitions, artist residencies and projects in Greece and abroad. He has received critical acclaim, and been regularly commissioned to create pieces for public and private spaces, foundations and institutes, such as the Morton Arboretum at Lisle, Illinois, in the USA, and the Athens Museum of Civil Aviation, as well as the company Miltech Hellas, to name a few. His works can also be found in numerous public and private collections in Greece, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. In 2013 he represented Greece at the 16th Biennal of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean held in Ancona, Italy.

For more information see his personal website.