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Volanakis Adonis

Adonis Volanakis (b. 1976, Athens) studied at University of Arts London, Wimbledon College of Art/ BA (Hons), Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and Aalto University/ MA,  and Athens University/ PhD. His practice is a collaborative amalgam of human relationships and aesthetics, poetry and politics, visual and performing arts. In 2006 he founded and facilitates blinddate12, a togethering collaborative platform, with visual artists, performers, poets, philosophers and newcomer artists from Middle East. Adonis creates performances and installations, curates exhibitions, as well as he designs and/or directs dance, theatre and opera in: USA (Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, Dixon’s Place, Kimmel Galleries), in UK (Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, National Theatre), in Switzerland (Archeological Museum of Basel, Kaskadenkondensator), ; in Georgia (History Museum of Tbilisi, State Silk Museum); in Greece (DOCUMENTA 14, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, National Theatre, Greek National Opera, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Benaki Museum, Onassis Cultural Centre, Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens Biennial) and in France, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland. Adonis has curated and facilitated community public art projects in Greece (Patras, Ithaca, Heraklion,Piraeus) and Czech Republic. Since 2004 until 2012 he has taught at the University of Peloponnese / Nafplio, University of Patras. In 2012-13 he was a Fulbright Visiting Artist at the Art & Public Policy Department, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University where he taught till 2017 as a Visiting Professor in MA Arts Politics. In 2012-2014 Adonis researched at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs  in  Paris and since 2013 he is a Visual Arts Professor at the Athens Conservatoire. Foundations that have supported Adonis:Fulbright, Linbury, Onassis, London Institute, Arts and Humanities Research Board/UK, Vardinogiannis, Leventis, Propondis, Spyropoulos and   B&E Goulandris.

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