Tsitsopoulos Filippos

Filippos Tsitsopoulos was born in Athens in 1967. He started his studies in Higher School of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki at Aristotle University and continued in Madrid at Complutense University where he completed his PhD (1996). He is an artist that moves in the fields of painting, digital art, video theatre as well as installation art. He has also worked in the field of interactive experimential theatre, video theatre, exploring the limits of them since 1990. Filippos Tsitsopoulos video installations have been presented in many exhibitions and shows. He lives in London and Madrid where he worked at El Prado Museum for ten years. His installations and artistic theatrical performances are widely known in many exhibitions worldwide, such as The Serpentine Gallery, FACT Liverpool, Bluecoat, Frieze Art Fair (London), Alte Nationalgalerie (Berlin), twice in Tate Modern, Toynbee Studios and Artsadmin, CGAC de Santiago de Compostela and Chelsea Theatre (London) among others. In 2017, his project “Is art Lonely?” was exhibited In Ostend, Belgium, selected by Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos. Het Vlot. Kunst is (niet) eenzaam / The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely by Jan Fabre, was a “salut d honor” to Jan Hoet that Filippos Tsitsopoulos had collaborated with him twice in the past. Recently was selected to perform Caliban for The Tempest of William Shakespeare, co-production of the National Theatre under the auspices of Peter Brook and RADA London. Filippos is using extraordinary and elaborately constructed masks as a form of protection, disguise, identity, isolation, alienation, and human resilience. His work involves an exploration of authentic identity versus performed identity. He considers the often polarised fragmented identities that we perform and how to bring the interiorised authentic self and the exterior constructed self together. His goal is to examine socially constructed patterns of behaviour, create situations in which the participants break or transcend the internal feedback loops that control their own actions, and address the power structures we inhabit and perpetrate.


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