epitelesis - Performance Art Foundation is a project currently run by visual and performance artist PASHIAS, co-founded with D. Agrafiotis in September 2013 in Athens - Greece. Aiming at the concentration and dissemination of artists' work in the field of performance art, epitelesis is set up as an organic structure including individuals, local artists, cultural spaces and institutions according to its current project at hand. At the same time, epitelesis is actively involved in developing ties with partners on an international level, in order to create a supportive structure for the execution of events, the documentation of cultural activities and the promotion of opportunities for performance artists. Its activity has been developing in four main directions:
The curation of series of performances promoting the activity of local artists in performance art, actively connecting their practices with the public, the urban setting and the current sociocultural context
The presentation of a specific artist from abroad by focusing on his/her practice through the series of events "epitelesis presents..." including live performances, public performances, video screenings and lectures
The research into diverse exhibitory formats for performance art beyond the live dimension, by exploring its relation to other artistic practices, such as photography or installation
The setting up of educational programs and studies, focusing on the development of performance art practices by local and international participants
*UPCOMING EVENT: The Marathon - Cyprus Performance Art Workshop
This year "The Marathon" Performance Art Workshop will be visiting Cyprus, following its course from last year’s versions in Berlin hosted by Cell63 Artplatform and in Athens hosted by epitelesis - Performance Art Foundation. In Nicosia, the workshop and public events will be hosted by Sensorium Space from the 9th until the 18th of September 2016, consisting of an introductory day, six consecutive workshop days, a final presentation of live performances by the participants and a feedback session on the following day. "The Marathon" will be guided by international artists Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith, Zierle & Carter, PASHIAS and Francesco Kiàis, in gallery spaces and in the public arena at the heart of Nicosia.
*RECENT EVENT: Performance Laboratory - Artist's Meeting
In a collaboration between .pelma.lia haraki and epitelesis - Performance Art Foundation, the "Performance Laboratory" has been designed as a week of intense exchange between artists from diverse practices comprising today's scene of performance, brought together from both Cyprus and Greece. Hosted by Dance House Lemesos, the Performance Shop and the Old Vinegar Factory in Limassol - Cyprus from the 14th until 21st of December 2015, the laboratory functions as an artist’s meeting opening up the possibility to converse and pose questions regarding each artist's practice, current state of methodology and future aspirations.
Participants: Evripides Laskarides, GRAAM, Lia Haraki, Nicolina Stylianou, PASHIAS, Pavlos Vrionides, Petros Konnaris