Nikos Navridis 2014 “Inside of me, I laugh and jest a lot” press release
Bernier-Eliades Gallery is pleased to announce the third solo exhibition of Nikos Navridis, on Thursday January 23, 20.00-22.00.
Nikos Navridis (Athens, 1958) is one of the most prominent Greek artists who has represented Greece in the international Biennials of Sao Paulo Biennial (1996), Istanbul (1997), Santa Fe – USA (1999), Venice (2001), and has participated in many international exhibitions in Sweden, Korea, Ireland Mexico, Germany, Japan and Spain.
The original idea of his new exhibition entitled: …Inside of me I laugh and jest a lot, started from the thought that wise men and poets almost never seem to smile.
Inspired by a text of C.P Cavafy, from the Unpublished Notes on Poetics and Ethics published by G.P.Savvidi, Nikos Navridis stages “a reading of the text” and creates a site specific installation in the gallery. The artist’s intention is the viewer not just to read but to embody the text.
In this text Cavafys indicatively comments on pomposity, hypocrisy and selfishness of our days …
” … He Formulates a fundamental problem of our life with great clarity. Beyond that it is up to us to judge and jump to conclusions.” (G. Seferis, Days E ‘, Icarus 1977 p.158)
Nikos Navridis Biography
He studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and painting in Athens School of Fine Arts. Since 2008 he teaches art at the National School of Fine Arts.He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions such as: Try Again.Fail Again.Fail Better. Aeschylia 2013,3 Eleusis. Respiro (Breath), ZOE Foundation, Vicenza, Italy / Visual Dialogues, Onassis, Onassis Foundation, Athens, Zina Athanasiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki, The First Image, CRAC, Contemporary Art Center, Sete, France, / Tomorrow will be a wonderful day, Bernier-Eliades Gallery, Athens / Transexperiences Greece 2008, 798 Space, Beijing, China / Take a deep breath, Tate Modern, London, England / Bodycity, Video Apartment project, Docklands Dublin, Ireland / Magnus Müller Galler, Berlin, Germany / 18: Beckett, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada / Venice Istanbul, Istanbul Modern, Constantinople / Istanbul, Turkey / Always a Little Further, 51st Venice Biennial, Arsenale, Venice, Italy / Nuit Blanche 2004, Hopital Saint Lazare, Paris, France / Nikos Navridis, Difficult Breaths, La Caixa Foundation, Madrid, Spain / Difficult Breaths, Bernier-Eliades Gallery, Athens / Monument to Now, Deste Foundation, Athens / 2nd Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003, Echigo Tsumari, Japan / Banquete, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain / Art in Transition II Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States / Plateau of Humankind, 49th Venice Biennial Greek Pavilion, Venice, Italy / Leaving the Island, PICAF, Metropolitan Museum of Pusan, Korea / Friends and Neighbors, Limerick, Ireland / Looking for a Place, 3rd International Biennial SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States / Hot Air, Granship, Performing Arts Center, Shizuoka, Japan / Medialization, Edsvic Art Center, Stockholm Sweden / On Life, Beauty, Translations and other Difficulties, 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Constantinople / Istanbul, Turkey / Nikos Navridis, Museo Universitario Contemporáneo de Arte, MUCA Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico / Dematerialization – Nikos Navridis, 23rd Biennial of Sao Paolo, Brazil.