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Yorgos Sapountzis


Material?!
6–25 August 2018

Festung Hohensalzburg
exhibition view, installation Yorgos Sapountzis, 2017
Nacktes Erbe: Wir brauchen Euch Alle, exhibition view, Made in Germany
drei
, 2017, Sprengel Museum, Hanover
photo: Sprengel Museum Hanover, Michael Herling


Media
Installation, performance, sculpture

Location
Hohensalzburg Fortress

Languages
English, German, Greek

What to bring
Your favourite artist material

Requirements
None

Maximum number of participants
20

Co-teacher
Norbert Witzgall, Brigitte Kovacs

Participation fee
€ 950,– (€ 710,–)

Our world consists of an infinite number of things, of an infinite variety of materials. Almost all these materials can be used in artworks. But how can we find the right material, how can we establish a sustainable relationship with this material? This is the question participants in Yorgos Sapountzis’s course will explore.

Starting by reconnoitring the space, in short performative exercises they will make a study of diverse materials with which they have already worked or new ones they wish to investigate. What is my relationship with the space I’m working in? How do I find “my” material? How do I establish a relationship with it? By means of these and similar questions, the participants will discover their “own” material and establish with it a relationship that enables them to employ it creatively.

The aim of the course is for participants to develop their personal material world, thus learning how to express exactly what they wish to say. Participants will work on their own projects as well as in the group. Group work will focus on questions of the body – their own, and that of the work going on in the room.

The course concludes with the final presentation, which will be prepared collaboratively.
Yorgos Sapountzis, born in Athens in 1976, lives and works in Berlin. His multi-media work engages both public and private spaces, often taking as a starting point public monuments and everyday images, objects that represent some aspect of collective and personal memory. At the core of most of his works are sculptural installations using such materials as aluminium sheets and rods, brightly-coloured fabric, pins, ribbons and adhesive tape. From the daily encounter with the materials and objects he comes across in his routes, he reconstructs within the works the scenography of a city. Buildings, machines, bodies – they all generate power and heat; only the fluidity of the memories rescues his personal narrative. The closed nervous system of the city with the countless high resolution images is dominant and insistent. Within this inhospitable condition, the abstract precedes as an imperative need.

Solo exhibitions
2018 Yorgos Sapountzis MICHSICH HOTEL, Kunst Meran, Merano (IT). 2017 Nacktes Erbe: Die Äpfel, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich (DE). 2016 Yorgos Sapountzis: ATM (…songs about love and death), Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens. 2015 Übersetztes Handbuch “weich und hart” – Duo- Exhibition with Benedikt Rugar, Prince of Wales, Munich. 2014 Die Landschaften Griechenlands, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich. Athens Screens, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens. 2013 Freymond-Guth fine Arts, Zurich (CH). The Protagonists, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (UK). Urnerknabe am Schaufenster/ Empathie, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus (CH). Schinken und Käse, Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen (DE). 2012 Stechfliegen Festtage/The Gadfly Festival, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (DE).

Group exhibitions
2017 It Looks Like Up To Me, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens. ANTIDORON. Die Sammlung des EMST im Museum Fridericianum, documenta 14, Kassel (DE). Viva Arte Viva, 57th Biennale die Venezia, Venice (IT). PRODUKTION. made in germany drei, Kestner Gesellschaft, Kunstverein, Sprengel Museum, Hannover (DE). 2016 Idiopolis, State of Concept, Athens. The Kids Want Communism | Part 3, MoBY, Tel Aviv (IL). 2015 esse estranho, ubíquo e implacável sítio a que chamamos memória, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon. wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles, Künstlerhaus Graz (AT). All Tomorrow’s Past, Kunsthaus Hamburg (DE). 2014 Glass Puzzle, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY (US). Inundumundumherum, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg (DE). Common Spaces, The Kitchen, New York, NY. Future Perfect. Contemporary Art From Germany, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw.

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Portrait photo Yorgos Sapountzis
Portrait photo: Andreas Lux