This is my property
curated by Alexandra Athanasiadou
Nitra Gallery in Athens presents the solo show of Theodoros Zafeiropoulos entitled ‘This is my property’. A video projection along with a series of mixed media and UV print images are presented in the ninth solo show of the artist.
Barbed-wire fences, metal constructions, shafts: man-made limits that mark ownership and illustrate the illusion of control contained in that concept. This is my property. An exhibition that explores the limits of individual, national and historical property and the dead ends it frequently entails.
Places marked by spatially intrusive human constructs which are accepted as simple extensions of established property rights. The viewer’s attention is drawn precisely to this complacent acceptance of constructed boundaries and their political ramifications. But all this is achieved materially, aesthetically: the images show by their use of different visual media—documentary photography, digital prints, painting, assemblages—the tensions inherent in the concept of a border and its enforcement. Seen in this framework, the works oscillate transparently between the aesthetic and the political, between insinuation and statement, carefully sidestepping any assertion.
This is my property. A phrase full of dogmatic connotations, yet open to multiple readings. What is defined today as property may be disputed tomorrow. Today’s opulent hilltop villa may be tomorrow’s ruin. The established illusion of entitlement that comes with property occupies centre stage, and along with it larger topics emerge: public environment policy, the depressing truth of humanitarian crises. Through this prism, the exhibition asks a question of the viewer: what does actually belong to us?
Born in 1978. He graduated with honors from the School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2003). He participated in the Erasmus program in the University of Barcelona (2001). He graduated with honors from the MFA program of the School of Fine Arts in Athens (2006). He graduated and was honored with the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award from the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts, New York, USA as recipient of the Fulbright, Gerondelis and Al.Onassis Foundations scholarships (2009). He participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture(2009). He received his PhD from the School of Architecture, University of Thessaly and since 2001 he has presented 8 solo shows and has participated in more than 50 international group shows, residencies, and projects in Greece, USA, and elsewhere. He received commissions to create site-specific installations in many institutions and Foundations including the Morton Arboretum in Lisle Illinois, USA, the Museum of Civil Aviation in Athens, and many more. His artworks are part of many public and private collections in Greece, Switzerland, London, USA, and elsewhere. Articles and reviews of his works have been published in many Greek and international magazines, newspapers, and web-media. In 2013 he was resident artist in the Flux Factory in NYC and the USF residency program in Bergen, Norway. In 2013 he was selected to represent Greece in the 16th Biennale of European and Mediterranean Young Artists entitled Errors Allowed, in Ancona, Italy. In 2014 he participated in the Photo Biennale of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and in 2017 he was invited to the Biennale of Young Artists in Tirana, Albania. In 2017 he was elected Assistant Professor at the National Technical University of Athens at the Department of Architecture.