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Antonakis is a Greek artist based in Athens working with painting, photography, and ceramics to explore the notion of myth - how does one build a myth, how does it survive in time and how does its meaning change. He extracts interior and psychological spaces from TV series and movies and uses them to create new spaces through abstraction, distortion and a unique visual language referencing Greek modernism. He’s interested in observing what one absorbs without realizing, what sort of images enter living rooms via the screen and how these are stored in the memory of the viewer and the collective consciousness. He does not want to create exact depictions but models of remembrances that question how the passing of time changes the meaning of something proving that what was once considered trashy can gain generation-defining status. It is not just time that has the power to do this but also Antonakis’ way of working: by taking what we know is trashy and by elevating it to another level he fast-forwards the myth-making process enabling us a glimpse into how future generations might see current TV series and movies. By exploring what a myth is, he participates in the myth building process himself.

1978, Athens

EDUCATION
2004 - 2006 Master of Fine Art in Fine Art Media, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK
1998 - 2004 Bachelor in Painting, Athens School of Fine Art, Greece

AWARDS & GRANTS
2005
Slade School Prize

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019
Blue Rooms That Make A Case For The Serene Shade, New Court Gallery, Repton School, Derbyshire
Οbjects from the poet’s room, Cycladic Cafe Art Project, curated by Aphrodite Gonou and Atalanti Martinou, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
2017
Release The Kraken, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
2015
There Is No Place Like LA (online project), MaidenLA, Los Angeles
Two Johns (duo show with David Sabethai), Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
2013
Too Cool For School, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
2012
Rethymno – Los Angeles 11391.480 km, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Crete
A Talent For Trouble, curated by Dora Economou, Loraini Alimantiri Gazonrouge Gallery, Athens
2011
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman (duo show with Konstantin Kakanias), Remap 3, Athens
Introducing Silver, curated by Aliki Panagiotopoulou, six d.o.g.s. project space, Athens
2004
Pediments, Loraini Alimantiri Gazonrouge Gallery, Athens
2003
A Smile in Electra (20 Rooms 2003), curated by Maria Maragou, St George Lycabettus / Kappatos Gallery, Athens

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
On the edge of the Blade we run, curated by Alexandros Tzannis, Plyfa Factory, Athens
To Trito Mati, curated by Jonathan Belli, Belli Gallery / Token, New York
Art Barter Athens, curated by Alix Janta and Lauren Jones, Alkinois 6, Athens
Dracula’s Wedding, curated by Charlie Fox, Rodeo, London
The Still-Life Show, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
My Dear Proust / My Sharona, curated by Rallou Panagiotou and Dora Economou, Teleion, Athens
Make a Splash, Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens
2018
Ceramics, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
Privilege, curated by Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Monitor Fest 2018, Crete
The Poetry of Memory, curated by Eleftherios Ikonomou, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete
Desired Landscapes, Vessel, Athens
2017
9 + 1, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
Trans-allegoria // in between words, visuals and their opposites II, curated by Lydia Andrioti, Mykonos Bienalle & IFAC Athina, Athens 
The Library Show, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
Under the spell of Greek costume (contemporary creations animate The Benaki Museum Collection), curated by Paul Thanopoulos, Costa Navarino, Messinia
The Veterans, Dio Horia, Mykonos
Present (DaDa Da Academy), curated by Panos Papadopoulos, IFAC Athina, Athens
2016
love;honey;pheromones;, curated by Rallou Panagiotou, Dio Horia, Mykonos
Multiples, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
Modular Modules Mode, curated by Alexios Papazacharias, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
Asthenia #3, curated by Amalia Vekri, Romantso, Athens
2015
Gardens in Progress, curated by Stavia Grimani, Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens
Kenophobia, CAN Christina Androulidaki Galery, Athens
Tools (Routes in Marpisa 2015), curated by Despina Zefkili and 3 137, Paros
the VELVET Invention [in search of the anti-giraffe: 10 years and counting] (TEN YEARS VELVET FESTIVAL), curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Romantso, Athens
Asthenia #2, curated by Amalia Vekri, Romantso, Athens
2014
Hang ‘Em High #1, curated by Lakis & Aris Ionas / The Callas, Velvet Room, Athens
Summer Show, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens
2013
Report to Nikos Kazantzakis, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete
Kypseli, curated by Dora Economou, ReMap 4, Athens
Civilisation (genres and cases), curated by Alexios Papazacharias, metamatic:taf, Athens
Lustlands, vol.II – On The Great Eastern (after Andreas Embiricos), curated by Nadja Argyropoulou and Lakis & Aris Ionas / The Callas, Thermissia Argolidas
Half-time, curated by Alexios Papazacharias and Denys Zacharopoulos, Alekos Kontopoulos Museum, Athens
4daysstand Queer Festival, Occupied Theatre Embros, Athens
Class Exams, curated by Dora Economou, Occupied Theatre Embros, Athens
Tarot will teach you/Burn your money, curated by Amalia Vekri, Frown, Athens
2012
Berlin Kreuzberg Biennale / The Greek pavilion / Evil, curated by Jannis Varelas, Open Museum / Galerie der Gegenwart / Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Pallais de Tokyo, Paris
On being Sane in Sunny Places (Adolescent Athenian Absurdists), Panke, Berlin
Petrosphere #2, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow
High Tech - Low Life, Stigma Lab, Athens
2011
Petrosphere, Remap 3, Athens
Help Earth, International Festival for Photography III, Gallery Lang, Seoul
Artists Against Homophobia, Red House Center for Culture and Discussion, Sofia
Artists for Athens Pride III, curated by Andrea Gilbert, The Breeder, Athens
2010
New Life (a flat warming show), curated by Rallou Panagiotou and Rhianna Turnbull, Glasgow
Photo Speaks, International Festival for Photography, Gallery Lang, Seoul
I like to be Adorned, curated by Maria Maragou, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete
The Last Book, curated by Luis Camnitzer, National Library of Argentina, Buenos Aires / Zentral Bibliothek , Zurich / New York Public Library, New York
2009
The Sneeze Art Fair, curated by Sarbit Girn (Artbelowzero), The Westbourne Studios, London
I like to be Adorned, curated by Maria Maragou, The House of Cyprus, Athens
Rooms 2009 (guest appearance), curated by Maria Maragou, St George Lycabettus/Kappatos Gallery, Athens,
Culture Industry, Folklore and Clishes at VOX, curated by Lydia Andrioti and Yannis Arvanitis, Athens
In Between Two Centuries, curated by Maria Maragou, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Crete
Artists for Athens Pride, curated by Andrea Gilbert, The Breeder, Athens
2008
Apply Softly, curated by Despina Stokou, Preview Berlin
Capsula, curated by Polina Kyritsopoulou, Berlin
Donna Martin Graduates!, Exerevnitis, Athens
MI2, curated by Konstantinos Dagritzikos, _ _ exhibition space, Athens
One Eighth Moon Festival, curated by Piper Mavis and Sunee Markosov, 76 Kingsland Road Space, London
2007
Banal Circus, curated by Anne-Laure Ponsin, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, London
666, Curated by Thodoris Colovos, _ _ exhibition space, Athens
2006
Terror?, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco
Land(e)scape, curated by Sarbit Girn (Artbelowzero), The Westbourne Studios, London
2005
New work by Graduates Students, curated by James Roberts, The Slade School of Fine Art, Woburn Square Building, London
Other voices, other rooms, curated by Daphne Vitali and Alessandro Riva, Catania Arte Fiera, Sicely
ProTaseis, version IV: 935 m², curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou and Augistine Zenakos, Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki
Rehearsals IV, Dialogues II, curated by Alkistis Poulopoulou, Notos Theatre Company, Athens
Five days of video art, curated by Rena Papaspyrou, Yorgos Houliaras, Zafos Xagoraris and Yannis Melanitis, Athens School of Fine Art, Athens
2004
The majorette-respective, curated by Darling Women, 291 Gallery, London
Life with the Beasts, curated by Christoforos Marinos, Vavel, Athens
2002
Two thousand two, curated by Manolis Babousis, Athens School of Fine Art, Athens
2001
Between others, curated by Manolis Babousis, Athens School of Fine Art, Athens

SCREENINGS
2019
Flaneur Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2010
Mixed & Mastered: Greek Video Art from the 00s, curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou and Christoforos Marinos, Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest
2007
Radiations, curated by Rallou Panagiotou, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
Open Air Screening Room, RemapKM, Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens
Contemporary Traditions, curated by Chloe Vaitsos, Mikrokosmos, Athens

READINGS
Athenian Nights, organised by Βarbara Polla, Elli Paxinou and Maro Michalakakos, State of Concept, Athens
2012
Closet #4, curated by Antonis Katsouris, Andreas Melas & Helena Papadopoulos, Athens

RESIDENCIES
2019
Dialogue, Tryfon Art Residency, Molyvos