Nikos Charalambidis
Giant poster of variable dimensions

Monument should not be trusted is a series of participatory exhibitions, forums, education- al workshops and parallel inter- disciplinary events that focuses on the ongoing civil conflict in Syria. The first show, Lidinos for Syria, was launched in 2011-12, over a period that public reactions against the war and its consequences, were yet minor. The current project of the series, entitled Philoxenia, comprises a wide range of activities that took shape after systematized visits and actions at numerous refugee camps. Based on the idea of the establishment of an emblematic refugee camp on the Acropolis in Athens, the project brings together artists, architects, anthropologists, sociologists and other specialized scientists with students coming mostly from universities of humanistic studies and architectural/art schools. Apart the Aegean Refugee Archive (A.R.A.), which collects optical material and any other kind of documents regarding the refugee crisis on the Greek islands, the Philoxenia Project, proceeds to a variety of actions in order to arise social awareness, like the edition of a series of giant posters against the decision of many countries to close their borders.

About the artist

Born in 1969 in Canada. He lives and works in Greece. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and continued his studies in sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He completed his postgraduate studies in Digital Art, and obtained a Master’s degree in Robotics. He has realised over fifteen one- man shows in Greece and other countries and participated in several international exhibitions, festivals, conferences and biennials. Charalambidis represented Cyprus at the 50th Venice Biennale of Art, as well as the 47th Venice Biennale of Art together with three other Cypriot artists.

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Courtesy: Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv and Keitelman Gallery, Bruxelles