Antonis Pittas

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The work of Antonis Pittas is characterised by the historical awareness he holds whilst addressing contemporary social and political issues. More an observer than an activist, Pittas explores topics such safety and control, economic crises and acts of resistance, as well as violence and vandalism. He usually develops mixed-media installations that include graphite typography, bronze and marble sculptures, photography, artificial leather objects, hi-vis foil cutouts, and spatial adaptations including wall paintings and light. However, parts of the installations – such as sculptural pieces or photographs – can often also function on their own; the spatial arrangement mainly provides a context for interpretation. For the artist, an important frame of reference is the visual language of modernism and the historical avant-gardes, including Bauhaus, De Stijl and Russian Constructivism. Forms from this period are traced throughout history as they travel to unlikely situations, attaining new shapes and meanings. Pittas maps their transhistorical lines of development and investigates how they re-appear in the present. His research-based approach is informed by the idea that utopian aspirations can easily turn into their opposite, leading to destruction, oppression, and an affirmation of power and authority. By exposing this dynamic, Pittas' work offers a space for thought and reflection, both on history and the now.

Antonis Pittas (Athens, Greece, 1973) lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, and has been an artist-in-residence at Bard College in Annandale, New York. Over last decade, he has been (guest) teaching at many academies across Europe and the United States. His work is part of several public and private collections, and has been exhibited in solo and group shows at various venues world-wide, including, among others, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Bozar, Brussels; Benaki Museum, Athens; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Hessel Museum of Art & CCS Bard Galleries, New York; De Appel, Amsterdam; Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg; MACRO Museum Testaccio, Rome; Kunsthal, Antwerpen; Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art; the 4th Athens Biennale; and Manifesta 12, Palermo.

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