Nikolaos + Yiannis Pappas: Semi-Glory






Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

For 34 hours over 4 days, Nikolaos and Pappas constructed a white flag without end, connected to one another as if it were an umbilical cord. Both of these artists met during the preparation of their solo interventional performances in As One, and began to develop this work.

Nikolaos began drawing and playing music from a young age. He studied computer science. In 2010, he took his first violin lessons with Nelly Ikonomidou, got involved in various sports (such as rugby and long-boarding), and began experimenting with other musical instruments (bass guitar, keyboard), dance, singing, the theatre, as well as the art of tattoo-making. In 2006, he first came in contact with Modern Body Suspension, an art form begun by Native Americans that leads to a mastery over and expansion of physical and mental limits; he was enchanted. Through this art, he discovered that there are no limits to human ability once the mind is free. He shares this art with the public through performances at private and public events in Greece and internationally.

Yiannis Pappas is a visual and performance artist based in Berlin. He studied sculpture and photography at the Athens School of Fine Arts until 2008. During the last year of his studies, he attended Christiane Möbus' class at the University of the Arts in Berlin (UdK), and completed the artistic and scientific Master of Arts Space Strategies at the Academy of Arts Weißensee in Berlin with Professor Maren Strack and Professor Kathrin Wildner. He has received awards from the Academy of Athens, Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), Goethe Institute Residencies, and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Yiannis’ work has been exhibited in Israel, Germany, Mexico, France, Chile, Italy, India, Greece and Egypt. Religion, urbanism, nature and cultural spaces are central to his artistic themes, while the notion of intervention dominates his work.

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March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece