Paxos Biennale 

Paxos Biennale is showcasing paintings, 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 October 06. 2024 on the island of Paxos in Greece.

The exhibition features 117 artists based in Europe, Asia, America, Australia & Africa, 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  outdoor & indoor exhibitions in old and traditional places in different locations of the island.

Read more about MANIFESTO OF MEMORY >>here<<

Participating Artists 2024

Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani (Togo), Achilles Ntentis (Greece), Alexandra Masmanidi (Greece), Alexandr Sokolov (Russia), Alexandros Magkaniotis (Greece), Alice Sheppard Fidler(UK), Angelo Formisano (Italy), Ariadna Pastorini (Argentina), Athanasia Tsopanargia (Greece), Athina Kanellopoulou (Greece), Athina Koumparouli (Greece), Augusto Calçada (Brazil) Ayshia Müezzin (UK), Avgi Mitsiani (Greece), Ben Dawson (UK), Carolina Amaya (Colombia)Carolina Rivera Arboleda (Austria), Carlos Navarrete (Chile), Catherine Chatzidimitriou (Greece), Cedric Arnold (UK-France), Chloe Akrithaki (Greece), Cristina Amiran (Brazil), Dagmara Bugaj (Poland), Danai Kotsaki (Greece), Daniel O’Toole (Australia), Daniela Lucato (Italy), Daniele Bongiovanni (Italy), Dimitra Stavropoulou (Greece), Dimitra Zervou (Greece), Dimitris Kontodimos (Greece), Dionisis Christofilogiannis (Greece)Dolly Sen (UK), Eleanna Balesi (Greece), Elva Zhang (China), Eugenia Grammenou (Greece), Eunji Lee (South Korea), Fani Arapi (Greece), Fenia Kotsopoulou (UK-Greece)Fran Orallo (Spain), George Stamatakis (Greece), Giota Siapka (Greece), Glenda Leon (Cuba), Giulio Neri (Italy), Hana Yoo (Korea), Haotique (Greece), Helge H. Paulsen (Germany),
Ilias Christopoulos (Greece), 
Ioanna Limniou (Greece), Irena Paskali (N. Macedonia-Germany), Jean-Michel Rolland (France)Jewgeni Roppel (Kasachstan), Johannes Gierlinger (Austria), Johannes Christopher Gerard (Germany), Jonathas de Andrade (Brazil), Jon Rafman (Canada), Joseph O’Neill (USA), JR (France), Julia Krahn (Germany)Karin van der Molen (Netherlands), Katsuki Nogami (Japan)Khalil Charif (Brazil), Konstantina Rista (Greece), Konstantinos Grigoriadis-Zormpas (Greece), Labrini Rizaki (Greece), Laura Donkers (British-Irish), Laurel Lueders (USA), Leandros Marios Basteas (Greece), Leo Katunaric Kadele (Croatia), Leonid Keller (Germany-Kasachstan), Leung Chi Wo (Hong Kong)Leung Mee Ping (Hong Kong), Lydia Klammer (Germany)Mauricio Sanhueza (Peru), Marilia Kolibiri (Greece), Marina Tsironi (Greece), Markella Michalitsianou (Greece), Marco Castelli (Italy), MASH (Greece), Matteo Campulla (Italy)Mira Klug (Austria), Mpumelelo Buthelezi (South Africa), Nasia Karatsiraki (Greece), Natalia Skobeeva (Belgium), Nicole Kouts (Brazil),

 Oliver Musovik

(N. Macedonia), Oto Hudec (Slovakia), Pat van Boeckel (Netherlands), Patricia Encarnación (Dominican Republic), Patrick Topitschnig (Austria), Peggy Kliafa (Greece), Pierre Chaumont (France), Rafael Rodriguez (India), Samin Ahmadzadeh (Iran), Sara Wong (Hong Kong), Shahrzad Nazarpour (Iran)Socrates Fatouros (Greece), Sofia Antoniadou (Greece), Sungsoo Lee (South Korea), Stathis Roukas (Greece), Stefania Patrikiou (Greece), Tabita Rezaire (France-Guyana), The Krank (Greece), Valentina Berthelon (Chile)Vasiliki Koukou (Greece)Vasilis Galanis (Greece), Viktoria Heiser (Slovakia), Virginia Gianni (Greece), Wieslawa Nowicka (Poland), Xenia Papadopoulou (Greece), Yana Bachynska (Ukraine), Yiannis Pappas (Greece),  Zhanna Gladko (Belarus),  Zoe Metra (France) & Ørjan Amundsen (Norway) 

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 (2009), focusing on paintings & art installations.

His work has been widely presented across Europe. Notable shows & installations were TYPO BERLIN in Haus der Kulturen der Welt - Berlin 2016, Documenta Halle - Kassel 2017, KKL (Culture and Congress Center) - Luzern 2018, RÄUME 2 - Berlin Art Week 2018, World Conference Center - Bohn 2019, Museum of Now - Berlin 2020 & 2021, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation - Athens 2022, Athens Conservatoire - Athens 2023, Stegi Onassis - Athens 2023, SFVV Deutsche Historisches Museum - Berlin 2023, Eleusis European Capital of Culture - Eleusina 2023,  Transmediale - Berlin 2024, Piraeus Municipal Art Gallery - Piraeus 2024.

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

Our 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 Biennale 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.

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.

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 is an independent non-profit organisation and relies on the support of corporate/private sponsors and the local community.

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