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The exhibition of Christos Chrysopoulos "Autobiography" at the Cultural Center "Melina" of the Municipality of Athens


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The solo exhibition of Christos Chrysopoulos, entitled "Autobiography", is presented by Culture, Sports and Youth Organization of the Municipality of Athens (OPANDA) from October 12 to November 28, 2021 at the Cultural Center "Melina" of the Municipality of Athens.

The Autobiography of Christos Chrysopoulos is a personal diary, which consists of dozens of Polaroid photos taken in the last five years.

Adopting the medium of photography to be an autobiography, the renowned author explores the relationship between the private and the public, a relationship that is known to determine the type of autobiography. Against this "simultaneously conventional and deceptive" type of writing, as Pierre Bourdieu aptly describes it, Chrysopoulos comes to propose an unconventional and fragmentary illustration of himself. His Autobiography is hypothetical, made with images without words, without his Sartre rule (first) "read" and (then) "write".

Chrysopoulos's gaze focuses on orphaned, solitary objects, such as a pillow thrown in the street or a cut tree trunk. Many of them you can not easily recognize. Their shape, identity and reason for their existence are indefinite. Their ephemeral dimension, combined with the often accidental encounter with them, seems to attract the author to immortalize them with his camera.

The street and the interiors have their place of honor here. The landscapes recorded by Chrysopoulos are not only Athenian. He is one of the writers who travels a lot - France, Switzerland and elsewhere - in order to give feedback on his Benjamin vision. Therefore, the concepts of travel and wandering also exist in these Polaroids. Chrysopoulos classifies his traveling gaze, leading us smoothly from the inside to the public space, and vice versa. A yellow tablecloth can be the bridge between an indoor plant and the yellowed, withered palm leaves. Respectively, from the glossy surface of a marble statue you are led to the human flesh, to the naked body of Chrysopoulos himself, which is often inserted, reminding us that the life described here belongs to a specific subject. The fat body of the photographer is almost always presented folded, folded, like a living statue.

One could argue that the Autobiography contains all of Chrysopoulos's previous photographic works. At the same time, those who are familiar with his literary work, will not find it difficult to recognize snapshots from his texts here. What is certain is that image and speech have an equivalent presence: his writing is influenced by photography, in the same way that the latter defines the context of his narratives, revealing his interest in the passage and the flanking in the city.

Exhibition curator: Christoforos Marinos, art historian, curator of art exhibitions and activities of OPANDA, in collaboration with Vangelis Ioakeimidis

In the exhibition space will be observed all the necessary measures for the observance of the sanitary rules, but also of the rules of operation of the spaces, according to the instructions of EODY and the National Committee for the Protection of Public Health.

The entry, according to the valid health protocols, is allowed to those who have:
· Be vaccinated
· Get ​​sick (up to 6 months from diagnosis) and
· have realized negative PCR within 72 hours or rapid antigen test within 48 hours, in case they have not been vaccinated.

The use of a medical mask is mandatory during the stay of the public in the exhibition space.

The beginning of the exhibition Will take place on Tuesday 12 October 2021

Duration of exposure: October 12 - November 28, 2021

Open Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11: 00-19: 00, Saturday-Sunday 10: 00-15: 00, Monday closed

Admission to the public is free.

Cultural Center "Melina" of the Municipality of Athens: Iraklidon 66 and Thessaloniki - Thiseio
Information: 210 3452150, Metro station: Kerameikos | www.opanda.gr

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