Now in its sixth edition, NEON’s CITY PROJECT 2019 presents Stock Images, a new body of work by Panos Kokkinias, the first photographer to be commissioned for the annual site specific contemporary art initiative.
This exhibition, curated by Shoair Mavlian, Director of Photoworks, presents the city of Athens from a variety of vantage points. In the spirit of urban exploration, the exhibition will be installed in an abandoned and disused office space at 4 Sofokleous St., in an area often referred to as the ‘commercial triangle’ of the city, in a space which has been left largely unchanged since it was last used a decade ago.
Kokkinias’ project Stock Images, takes the fabric of the city itself as its starting point, exploring the many facets of the complex urban metropolis and the people who reside within it. The new body of work, made up of more than 20 images, will be on display together for the first time to reveal a collective portrait of Athens, reflecting on both the realities and fictions of contemporary urban life. With a background rooted in the history of street photography and documentary practice, Kokkinias is best known for his large-scale photographic tableaux.
CITY PROJECT is an initiative for public art and the city, conceived and commissioned annually by NEON to a Greek artist. NEON aims to activate public and historical places through contemporary art, contributing to the interaction of art, society and the city. NEON’s previous City Projects include Aemilia Papaphilippou at the Ancient Agora of Athens (2014), Maria Loizidou at the Kerameikos Archaeological Site and Museum (2015), Zafos Xagoraris at a parking space in Athens behind the historic Αthinaion theatre (2016), Kostis Velonis at a historical residence at 11 Kaplanon Street (2017) and Andreas Lolis at the British School at Athens (2018).