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DEMOSTHENES AGRAFIOTIS (Greece, Evrytania, Karpenissi b. 1946 / act: Athens)

Demosthenes Agrafiotis Demosthenes Agrafiotis was born on 28 December 1946 in Karpenissi of Evrytania, Greece. He is active in the fields of literature and the visual arts with books on poetry and essays, and exhibitions of photography, paintings, drawings, actions and installations. He has a special interest for the relations between art and new technologies, for multimedia or intermedia projects and also for performances. His essays are dedicated to analysis of different artforms as cultural phenomenon. He has participated in various artistic activities, such as publications, small press initiatives, mail-art and alternative art projects. His magazine 'Clinamen'(1980-90), co-published by Erato Publications in Athens (1991-1994), has been active for over a decade as an amalgam of Greek poetry and art with work from Europe and America. Twenty-five art books were published based on 'Clinamen' in the period from 1980 to 2001. After 2001 'Clinamen' went online.

Demosthenes Agrafiotis took part in the following art exhibitions: No Man's Land, Cultural Center of Athens City / Park of Arts, Athens (1990); En Face, Cultural Center of Athens City / Municipal Gallery, Athens (1994); 9th International Sculpture Biennial, Skironio Museum Polychronopoulos, Megara (1998); Les Calligraphes: Demosthenes Agrafiotis; Ma Desheng; Abderrazak Sahli; Tolsty, Ventabren Art Contemporain - VAC, Ventabren, France (2000); Leonardo in Azione e Poesie (Leonardo in Action and Poetry), Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci, Firenze, Italy (2001); 1st Greek Festival for Art and Technology, Fournos Center for Digital Culture , Athens, (1998); 2 nd Festival of Art and New Technologies: Pendulum, Council of Europe, Fournos Center for Digital Culture, Athens (1999); 3rd International Art and Technology Festival and Symposium: Neo[techno]logisms, Fournos Center for Digital Culture, Athens (2000); Medi@terra: 3rd International Art and Technology Festival and Symposium, Neo[techno]logisms, Fournos Center for Digital Culture , Athens, Greece (2000); Medi@terra: De-Globalizing / Re-Globalising, Fournos Center for Digital Culture , Athens (2001); Les Ambassadeurs, Ventabren Art Contemporain - VAC, Ventabren, France (1997); 10th Nippon of Performance Art Festival - NIPAF, Tokyo, Japan (2003); La Biennale de Performances, Quebec, Canada (2005); Alfabeti, Galleria Nomad Nomad, Brescia, Italy (2007); Litquake: Literary Festival, San Francisco, USA (2007); and 15th Nippon of Performance Art Festival - NIPAF, Tokyo, Japan (2008). § He also took part in the following photographic exhibitions: Parallaxis, Exostis Gallery, Thessaloniki (1985); Photosynkyria: Camera Obscura, Municipal Gallery, Thessaloniki (1992); Photosynkyria, Municipal Gallery, Thessaloniki (1993, 1994, 1995, 1999); Photosynkyria: Watch Me / Watch You, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki (2000); Photosynkyria: Photography and the Fantastic, Municipal Gallery, Thessaloniki (2001); Psychiatry and Image / Images of Psychiatry, Hellenic Photography Selections, Athens (1991); Photography: The Permanent Collection II, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (1999); Image and Icon: The New Greek Photography 1975-1995, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (1997); Image and Icon: The New Greek Photography, Krash - Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Canada / Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki / X-Centrum, Pilzen, Czech Republic / Moravian Gallery , Bruo, Czech Republic (2000); Image et Icône: La Nouvelle Photographie Grecque, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki / Montreal, Canada / Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (2001); Parallaxis: Nelly's Portraits 1920-1940, Vafopouleio Cultural Center, Thessaloniki (1985); Nelly's: A Selection of Photographs from the Interwar Period 1920-1940, Moraitis Foundation, Benaki Museum, Athens (1987); Nelly's: Self-Portrait, Athens (1989); Aris Georgiou: Photography, University Studio Press, Thessaloniki (1997); Personalities of Two Decades: Photographs 1968-1988, Hermes, Athens (1998); 13th Month of Photography, Hellenic Center for Photography, Athens (2006); Visual Arts in Greece, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2007).

Demosthenes Agrafiotis currently lives and works in Athens.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2009]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
KOKKINI, LENA No Man's Land 1990
KOKKINI, LENA Mare Nostrum: International Exhibition of Visual Poetry 1991 Patras Festival
KOKKINI, LENA Opposite 1994
KOKKINI, LENA Right in the Middle of Nowhere 1996
SERAFINI, GIULIANO Eros: International Exhibition of Visual Poetry 1998
KOKKINI, LENA Terra Incognita 2002
STEFANIDIS, MANOS Ikonographs 2003
KOKKINI, LENA Alphabets: Heavenlies & Earthlies 2004 Diana Gallery, Athens

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