Paxos Biennale 

Paxos Biennale is a contemporary arts project showcasing sculptures, installations, photography, murals, and video installations. It takes place every 2 years, during summer, on the island of Paxos, in Greece.

Our goal

The project aims to support the work of young and emerging artists by offering them a unique environment to express their ideas and creativity.

Furthermore, by promoting the island as a site for contemporary art to regular and new visitors, it is the Paxos Biennale team’s goal to increase people’s sensitivity towards the environment, preserve the islands heritage and stimulate the local community through art.

Paxos Biennale 2024

The 2024 edition, titled "MANIFESTO OF MEMORY" will focus on the cultural heritage of Paxos, the olive tree.

The olive tree is a symbol of fortitude, resilience, and spiritual development. However, the recent surge of Xylella, a pathogenic bacterium, has led to widespread devastation, highlighting the vulnerability of the ecosystem and the risk of pathogen dissemination.

With MANIFESTO OF MEMORY Paxos Biennale aims to illuminate the importance of safeguarding collective memory and cultural heritage, reminding that no element of our cultural patrimony is immune to the ravages of time and circumstance.

Paxos Biennale 2024 is curated by The Krank under the artistic direction of Marina Tomacelli Filomarino. It takes place from June 2 to September 30 2024 on the island of Paxos in Greece.

The exhibition features more than 40 artists based in US, Asia and Europe, many of whom will be exhibiting in Greece for the first time.

Seeking opportunities for dialogue across historical, ecological and socio-political distances, MANIFESTO OF MEMORY will facilitate innovative, multidirectional possibilities fo creative cooperation. These collaborative processes, will yield new artistic commissions and productions within a decentralized program that will materialize across numerous sites on
the island.

The artworks will be adapted to the unique architectural and geographical contexts in which they will be shown, including several large-scale immersive installations, outdoor video projections and indoor exhibitions in old and traditional places in different locations of the island.

Read more about MANIFESTO OF MEMORY >>here<<

Participating Artists 2024

Athina Kanellopoulou, Augusto Calçada, Bernadette Anzengruber, Carolina Amaya, Christos Kapenis, Danai Kotsaki, Daniel O’Toole, Dimitra Stavropoulou, Dimitra Zervou, Dimitris Kontodimos, Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Fani Arapi, Fenia Kotsopoulou, George Stamatakis, Jean-Michel Rolland, Labrini Rizaki, Leandros Marios Basteas, Lydia Klammer, Marilia Kolibiri, Natalia Skobeeva, Nerisisty, Patrick Topitschnig, Viktoria Heiser, Shahrzad Nazaprour, The Krank, Yiannis Pappas, Zoe Metra and more TBA

About Paxos

Paxos lies south of Corfu in the Ionic sea. The island has been able to protect itself from the strain of modern tourism, maintaining a unique landscape and spirit of hospitality.

About the Founder 

The founder (Italian born Marina Tomacelli Filomarino) of the Paxos Biennale has a long history on the island. Inspired by its diverse sites, she has decided to invite artists to express their creativity in this unique environment. “We wanted to identify contemporary artists, that have the ability to create thought provoking and site specific works in remote areas. Also, I believe sculptures get a much greater depth in nature than in galleries”.

As a result of her love of the island and the Ionian Sea she has also developed the aim to increase healthy tourism to the island long term. From the beginning she was supported by an incredibly passionate and motivated team of locals and summer residents.

About the Curator

The Krank (b. 1988 Greece) is a visual artist & curator living and working between Athens & Berlin. He studied Fine and Applied Arts in Athens, focusing on paintings & art installations.

His work has been widely presented across Europe. Notable shows & installations were in Museum of Colors - Berlin 2016, Haus der Kulturen der Welt - Berlin 2016, Documenta Halle - Kassel 2017, Culture and Congress Center - Luzern 2018, RÄUME 2 - Berlin Art Week 2018, Monumenta - Leipzig 2019, World Conference Center - Bohn 2019, Museum of Now - Berlin 2021, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation - Athens 2022, Athens Conservatoire - Athens 2023, Stegi Onassis - Athens 2023, SFVV Deutsche Historisches Museum - Berlin 2023, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture - Eleusina 2023,  Transmediale 2024 - Berlin 2024, Piraeus Municipal Art Gallery - Piraeus 2024.

The Krank has curated medium and large scale exhibitions in Athens and Berlin, most notably Berlin Graphic Days Festival 13 & 14, Adrania I & II with the financial support and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, BACK TO ATHENS 10 and Mystery 56 - In From the Margins for Eleusis 2023.

The Philosophy

All art events and installations will be hosted in public places across the island and will be completely free of charge for visitors from Greece, Europe and the rest of the world. Visitors will be able to access the spots either by bike/car/motorbike or on foot. Some of the larger installations will also be visible from the sea. Please check the festival map for locations.

Visitors will be able to navigate the festival as well as heritage sites, natural reserves, restaurants, beaches and other places of interest.

Info Point

An information point at the Paxos Magic Holidays office in the centre of Gaios will provide detailed information about the artists and their work. Open 7/7, 10am-2pm and 8pm-10.30pm.

Sponsors and Supporters

Paxos Biennale relies on the support of corporate and private Sponsors.

Sponsors Edition 2018 and 2022

The Thinking TravellerEssentiel AntwerpFougaros Tailored Travel