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Vassilis Vlastaras
Visual artist, Assistant Professor ASFA
Department of Fine Arts
Athens School of Fine Arts
Born in Athens, 1963
Lives and works in Athens
19, Faneromenis, 155 61
Holargos, Athens, Greece.
e-mail: vvlastaras@gmail.com

STUDIES
M.A, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, 2002.
M.Sc, Department of Interactive Multimedia, University of Westminster, London, 2000.
B.A, Department of Fine Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts, 1996.
B.A, Department of Graphic Arts, TEI of Athens, 1991.
Film studies, director , School of Cinematographic studies E. Chatzikou, Athens, 1990-1993.
Photography in AKTO, Athens, 1984.
Faculty of Architecture, Istituto Universitario di Architetura di Venezia 1981-1984.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts. (Since June 2013)
Lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts. (Since August 2007).
Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts. (September 1999- June 2007)
Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Graphic Arts, TEI of Athens. (September 1996- June 2007)

SOLO SHOWS – PROJECTS and ACTIONS
2014 “…weeds, those trojans…_new weeds”, The Bookshop project space, Skaftel Art Center, Iceland
2014 “…weeds, those trojans…”, The Bookshop project space, Skaftel Art Center, Iceland
2012 “Its us or them”, the symptom projects, Amfissa, Greece.
2009 “Burn(all)e”, utopia project, Rethymno, Greece.
2008 “I don’t live here anymore”, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens.
2007 “The landscapes I met Alexander”, Art Space Platformes, Athens.
2005 “pornophony DEMO”, Art Space Platformes, Athens.
2004 “Why someone has to tell the truth when lying is more convenient “, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens.
2002 “Self portrait IV”, Athens.
2000 “My relationship with amnesia”, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens.
1999 “Self portrait III”, Athens.
1997 “Painting”, Art Space Paratiritis, Thessaloniki.
1996 “Self portrait I”, Athens
1995 “Skydrome Klimax II”, old industry space, Athens.
1993 “The another side of me is reflected in nostalgia”, Athens.

GROUP SHOWS (selected)
2015 “Bohemia Club”, St Leonards, Hastings, UK.
2015 “Babel”, TAF Art center, Athens.
2014 “The Other designs. Historical authenticity as artistic project”, Beton 7, Art center, Athens.
2014 “Sonetti Lussuriosi”, Battlefield Porn, TAF Art center, Athens.
2014 “The Ghost Exists”, EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
2014 “Είδος”, Idée, Modèle, Empreinte, Un art contemporain de Grèce, Besançon, France
2013 “Modern Greek Painting”, RE-Culture1, Patra.
2013 “Lamentations, hoots and a few jubilations”, RE-Culture2, Patra.
2013 “Agora”, 4th Biennale of Athens (AB4), Athens
2013 “La Pocha Nostra final Jam Session”, Theater of ASFA, Athens.
2012 “mobility&indetity” RE-Culture1, Patra.
2012 “To the limits of “togetherness”” The symptom projects, Amfissa.
2012 “Red line”, Choros 18, Thessaloniki.
2012 “The teachers of the School of Fine Arts converse with students”, Ionideios School, Peiraias
2011 “Utopia/Dystopia”, Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Athens.
2010 “Utopia Project Archive 2006-2010”, Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Athens.
2010 “Che puro ciel”, “Sotiria Project”, Sotiria Hospital, Athens.
2010 “Mycobacterium Tuberculosis”, “Sotiria Project”, Sotiria Hospital, Athens.
2010 “Shelf – An exhibition/exercise”, 5th Whitstable Biennale.
2010 “Live drone & video”, School of Fine Arts, Rethymno, Crete.
2009 “Dialogues against the dogmatic mode and in favor of fellowship”, Ekfrassi and Fizz galleries, Athens.
2009 “Nees Morfes 50 years later”, Benaki Museum, Athens.
2009 “No man’s land”, Park of Freedom Art Center, Athens.
2008 “Through a Glass Darkly”, Kenny Schachter ROVE gallery, London.
2008 “Happy new year 2008”, Fournos Theater, Athens.
2007 “3 Hours live drone and video”, Sound & Video live performance, Art Space Platformes.
2007 “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”, Art Group Platformes, Athens Culture Center.
2006 “Utopia the Island”, School of Fine Arts, Rethymno, Crete.
2006 “Routes in Athens”, action-performance in AICA convention, Goethe Institute, Athens.
2006 “Versus”, To Milo gallery, Athens.
2004 “Berlin 1936””, To Milo gallery, Athens.
2002 “Mobility – Immobility”, multimedia action, Α2Β, Basel.
2001 “In Situ”, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens.
1999 “My other self is a total stranger,” Gallery 24, Athens.
1999 “Diadromi 49”, group action in Athens.
1998 “Eneka Exodikou”, Zaimi 54, Athens.
1997 “With all my colors in my pocket”, Red Cross old Hospital, Athens.
1996 “To Tell Stories”, 600 issues ANTI mag, Cultural center Melina Merkouri, Athens.
1994 “Skydrome Klimax I”, Fix old industry, Athens.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
From 1990 Vlastaras has worked as a graphic designer in magazines, newspapers and advertising.
Since 1993 he has collaborated with Maria Panayides artproduction, an office specialized in exhibition organization where he was involved in exhibition and conference coordination such as Art Athina, Art Fair (1994-2002), Tongue in cheek, Six Contemporary French Artists (2000), Die Schule von Athen, German Art Today (1999), Venice Biennale, Greek Participation, Greek Ministry of Culture (1999), The New Charta of Athens, Municipality of Athens (1998), Everything that’s Interesting Is New, Deste Foundation (1996), Yiannis Kounelis, Exhibition on Ship Ionion (1994) etc.

PUBLICATIONS

Art Catalogues
“The Other designs. Historical authenticity as artistic project”, Beton 7, Art center, Athens, 2014.
“RE- Culture 2”, RE-Culture2, Patra, 2013.
“Agora”, 4th Biennale of Athens (AB4), Athens 2013.
“To the limits of “togetherness”, The symptom projects, Amfissa 2012.
“RE – Culture 1”, RE – Culture, Patra 2012.
“Utopia, Utopia Project Archive 2006-2010”, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens 2011.
“Shelf – An exhibition/exercise”, 5th Whitstable Biennale, London, 2010.
“Nees Morfes 50 years later”, Benaki Museum publications, Athens. 2009.
“No man’s land”, Park of Freedom Art Center, Athens, 2009.
“I don’t live here anymore”, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens, 2008.
“Through a Glass Darkly”, Kenny Schachter ROVE gallery, London, 2008
“Why someone has to tell the truth when lying is more convenient”, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens, 2004.
“My relationship with amnesia”, Exhibition Catalogue, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens, 2002.
“Argopories”, Municipality of Argos, 2000
“Diadromi 49”, Lavirinthos publications, Athens, 1999.
“My other self is a total stranger”, Patakis publications, Athens, 1999.
“6 new Artists”, Exhibition Catalogue, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens, 1996.
“To Tell Stories”, Anti publications, Athens, 1996.

Book Editing
“View In and Out (Entos/Ektos)”, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, 2015.
“Utopia, Utopia Project Archive 2006-2010”, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens 2011.
“I don’t live here anymore”, Exhibition Catalogue, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens, 2008.
“Why someone has to tell the truth when lying is more convenient”, Exhibition Catalogue, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens, 2004.
“My relationship with amnesia”, Exhibition Catalogue, Nees Morfes gallery, Athens, 2002.

OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS

Utopia Project Archive 2006 – 2010,
Exhibition, Seminars, Publication (November 2010 – January 2011)
On the closure of five years of successful organization and participation of the Utopia Project, Vassilis Vlastaras organized and curated (with the collaboration of Katerina Goutziouli, art critic/curator and Maria Glyka, artist) an exhibition in which he presented archive material from the workshops in the annex of Asfa in Rethymno, photographic and video documentation of the research and realization of the projects as well as actual work (paintings, sculpture, photographs and film/video) that has been produced during the Utopia Project workshops. During the exhibition which lasted from November 2010 to January 2011 he organized a series of presentations, lectures and seminars, from theorists and artists, in the Institute of Contemporary Greek Art in Athens, where the exhibition was held. Along these events it was published a 450 pages book under the title “Utopia, Utopia Project Archive 2006-2010”, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens (2011), edited by Vassilis Vlastaras in which it was presented in its full extend all the work, artwork and theory.

Utopia Project (July 2006 – July 2010)
Utopia Project is an annual summer residency program organized by the Athens School of Fine Arts. The project was launched through the initiative of the artist Vassilis Vlastaras, As. Professor of ASFA which is responsible for the coordination and organization of the whole project. The project takes place every July in the ASFA annex in Rethymno Crete. Vlastaras co organizes the project with Maria Glyka, artist, accredited lecturer of Derby University and collaborates with Klaas Hoek, artist, part time lecturer in the MA Fine Arts, at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London and course leader of the MA Fine Art MAHKU, Utrecht and Gary Woodley, artist, part time lecturer in the MA Fine Arts, at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London and visiting lecturer at the Camberwell College of Art, London. Vlastaras is in charge of facilitating quests, theorists and artists, and organize a program of workshops, lectures, group and individual tutorials and critiques, research and discussion projects through which the participants are expected to gain critical, technological and aesthetic experience. The first Utopia project was held in 2006 under the title “Utopia as an Island” with an international body of 15 participants, guests and faculty (http://www.islandworkshop.blogspot.com/). That was followed by “Utopia and Violence” in 2007 (http://www.utopiaworkshop.blogspot.com/), “Utopia and Praxis: May68-May08” in 2008 (http://www.utopiaproject2008.blogspot.com/), “Utopia and Youth” in 2009 (http://www.utopiaproject2009.blogspot.com/) and “Utopia and Nature”, based on H.D. Thoreau’s “Walden” in 2010 (http://utopiaproject2010.blogspot.com/). By now the whole body of participants, guest artists and theorists numbers over eighty persons.

Sotiria Project (October 2009 – October 2010)
In response to “Sotiria Project” a big art event that has taken place in one of the oldest and in many ways historical hospital of Athens, a research group called “Mycobacterium Tuberculosis” was created. The group formed and organized by Vassilis Vlastaras, composed by visual and sound artists, has used archive methodology to create a new soundvisual archive between memory and historic narration and today’s reality. With this experimental project “Mycobacterium Tuberculosis” researched, through multilayered dialogues, interviews and narrations of people that has worked in the hospital, matters of illness art and politics, memory and subjective truth that forms History.

ΠLATFORMES (2002 – 2006)
The Group and Art Space Platformes was formed on January 2003 by artists Vassilis Vlastaras, Giannis Ziogas, Leonidas Karabinis and Yiannis Skaltsas in response to a need for the creation of a culture in Greece that would illustrate the active dialogue as the most useful characteristic for the promotion of artistic process. On March 2004 the artists moved on to the creation of a nonprofit organization under the name ΠLATFORMES which, marked by a significant enlargement of its members, was developed to the “Association Platformes of Contemporary Art, Theory and Visual Culture”. Vlastaras was responsible for the organization of a series of lectures, seminars, talks, concerts and exhibitions that were presented in Platformes Art Space as well as for the organization of the conference “Ελευθερίες/Λογοκρισίες” (Freedoms/Censorships) that took place in the Athens School of Fine Arts on March 2005.

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