This particular imagery emerged in the end of 1980s, when Antonitsis took his early steps in the art scene of New York, at a time when cinema was at the core of his artistic pursuits.
At that time, gender and identity issues were clearly placed at the epicenter of a battlefield. So, he started observing life behind “trenches”, in settings where normality was deconstructed and where the grey zone, as this was defined by marginalized groups, proved to be clearly political. His protagonists are everyday heroes who constructed their own sexuality and most of the times their own body, too. They immersed in the waters of transvestite and drag culture, expressing attitudes and utterances beyond any imagination. Looking at the artistic production of that period, he noticed that each one of the individuals captured was challenged to break through a standardized inclusion, making their own transcendence. Besides, that is the reason why he felt this affinity towards them. It was these photos that served as the starting point of his artistic path.
During the course of time, he abandoned this particular subject matter due to his aggravation because of the conventions that it embodied, as he felt that it was becoming a spectacle. However, notions that emerged back then, such as corporeality, disguise, convergence of the familiar with the unfamiliar, ambiguity, and originality still resonate with his work. Since 2010 he has moved towards sculpture, using his sculptural work as a sharp metaphor of western principles such as overachievement, social power and luxurious consumption.
Dimitrios Antonitsis was born in Athens in 1966. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the ETH in Zurich and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and has specialized in High-Speed Microscopic Photography. He has been awarded for his short film, Past Glories, Present Despondencies, in collaboration with the Robert de Niro film studio. His artworks have been widely exhibited in more than 20 solo and 50 group shows both in Greece and abroad. His work has been published in a monography, Showhungry (Koan Publications) and in a camp photonovella, titled Agathon or Panic in Weimar (Futura Publications). In 1999 he founded Hydra School Projects (HSP), an international platform for the visual and the HSP Residency Program. His artwork is included in various collections: National Museum for Contemporary Art, Athens; Macedonian Museum for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; DESTE Foundation, Athens; Fondazione per la Fotografia, Turin; Benedikt Taschen Collection, Cologne.
As part of the Contemporary Art Program, the Museum of Cycladic Art presents the Cycladic Café Art Project connecting social spaces with art. Aiming to embrace both the greek and the international contemporary art scene, the Museum presents works by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists, which relate to current Museum exhibitions and activities. The Cycladic Café Art Project stimulates an intimate dialogue bringing art closer to everyday life.
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