image text special shop

'Systematic Magic' by Hristos Hantzis at OKAY Initiative Space, Athens

Hristos Hantzis (1995) is a multimedia artist who creates installations, often reminiscent of scenographies, placing us in the dual position of viewer and performer.
The exhibition is structured in three consecutive scene-spaces, which immerse us in the artist's enigmatic universe. One after another, they destabilize our expectations, while the artist confides personal secrets and anxieties to us. He allows us to enter, in stages, into a system of artworks where glass is used as the main material, and the events or images he creates are adjacent in such a way that they prompt us to indulge in a barrage of associations and narratives. The 27-year-old artist based on both his extensive knowledge of art history and a set of instincts, manages to transform cheerful childhood images into emotional projections of our adulthood. It is difficult for anyone to understand exactly how bright lit spaces, paintings with vibrant colours or humorous poems painted on walls, manage to evoke anxiety.
Hristos' work aims to complicate, blur and underline cultural and social hierarchies, always using his off-beat humour as a dissolving process. Within his work, toilet rolls fit perfectly with a Renaissance sword, two-dimensional forms from the "Greek Alphavitarion of first grade" with Disney heroes, Arne Jacobsen's VOLA with his self-portrait as a harlequin. This is the magic of Hristos Hantzis's subtle transformations, towards the desire for an art he wants to explore by playing.

23.1.23 — 11.2.23

Photo by Constantinos Caravatellis

Curated by Captain Stavros

OKAY Initiative Space

'ABSINTHE', Group Show Curated by PLAGUE at Smena, Kazan

'Pupila' by Elizabeth Burmann Littin at Two seven two gallery, Toronto

'Auxiliary Lights' by Kai Philip Trausenegger at Bildraum 07, Vienna

'Inferno' by Matthew Tully Dugan at Lomex, New York

'Зamok', Off-Site Group Project at dentistry Dr. Blumkin, Moscow

'Dog, No Leash', Group Show at Spazio Orr, Brescia

'Syllables in Heart' by Thomas Bremerstent at Salgshallen, Oslo

'Out-of-place artifact', Off-Site Project by Artem Briukhov in Birsk Fortress, Bi

'Gardening' by Daniel Drabek at Toni Areal, Zurich

'HALF TRUTHS', Group Show at Hackney Road, E2 8ET, London

'Unknown Unknowns' by Christian Roncea at West End, The Hague

'Thinking About Things That Are Thinking' by Nicolás Lamas at Meessen De Clercq,

‘Funny / Sad’, Group Show by Ian Bruner, Don Elektro & Halo, curated by Rhizome P

'Don’t Die', Group Show at No Gallery, New York

'Almost Begin' by Bronson Smillie at Afternoon Projects, Vancouver

'I'll Carry Your Heart's Gray Wing with a Trembling Hand to My Old Age', Group Sh

'hapy like a fly' by Clément Courgeon at Colette Mariana, Barcelona

'Fear of the Dark' by Jack Evans at Soup, London

Next Page