opbo studio launches with an exhibitions program curated by Ioanna Gerakidi
opbo studio* announces its official launch as an art space with a series of exhibitions curated
by Ioanna Gerakidi. The program includes a series of solo shows focusing on the political and
poetic qualities of seduction as a means of exploring issues of collective and individual
identities. Over these series, seductions will be used as metaphors, aiming to move us,
audiences, into unknown spaces, non-linear times, a-rhythmic prays and spells; they long to
be touched as diaries of fears and grievances and nightmares, yet also as archives of raptures
and laughs, coming when licking our wounds, when “dancing into the ecstatic” quoting the
words of Tavia Nyong’o.
The program will be announced soon on social media and on opbostudio.com.
On seduction or how to go astray
an act of
to error enticement especially
to lead away
to lead aside
The words above, are not mine. I found them online when googling the etymology of the
word seduction. What’s mine though, is their architecture in space, and it’s leading astray,
following the contradictory qualities of seduction. Seductions are worlds; they are
tempting, pleasurable, vivid, mystical, yet they are also dark, intimidating, lonely,
transforming. What do seductions reveal? How can they be inscribed, described or even
transcribed as cruisings for affect? And why these acts of enticement, these tempts to offer
pleasure, have they been associated with evil or error, considered as daemonic praxes
leading life astray?
Through a series of solo presentations, my artistic direction aims to look at and with
exercises of seduction initiated, performed, filmed or spoken aloud by artists, whose
practices trace the complexities of libininal schemes, the vexed mechanisms of systemic
control, the myltilayed interpersonal and sociopolitical hierarchies or enactments of power.
The axes of the solo presentations linger over the subjects of agency, permission,
resistance, voicing opposition, whilst encountering that which has muzzled and dismissed.
Over these series, seductions will be used as metaphors, aiming to move us, audiences,
into unknown spaces, non-linear times, a-rhythmic prays and spells; they long to be
touched as diaries of fears and grievances and nightmares, yet also as archives of raptures
and laughs, coming when licking our wounds, when “dancing into the ecstatic” quoting
the words of Tavia Nyong’o. They are propositions, invitations towards a close listening of
trembling metallic sounds, shrieking voices, giddy waters, unearthly grounds.
− Ioanna Gerakidi
Ioanna Gerakidi works as a writer, curator and educator based in Athens. Her research and
writing interests look with and think through diaristic, archival and linguistic, often
disorderly, schemes to speak about sociopolitical and interpersonal dynamics. She has curated
exhibitions and hosted public events for/in galleries, art spaces and institutions such as
2023Eleusis (GR), Stedelijk Museum (NL), Athens Biennale (GR), State of Concept (GR),
Hot Wheels Athens (GR), Haus N (GR) and NiMAC (CY), amongst others. Her texts and
poems have been presented or published in international spaces, platforms, publications and
online journals. She has lead workshops for and worked as a lecturer or mentor for academies
and educational programs such as the Rietveld Academie (NL), Piet Zwart Institute (NL), the
Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), Athens School of Fine Arts (GR), Onassis Air Program
(GR), Artworks Fellowship Program of Stavros Niarchos Foundation (GR) and more. She has
been awarded with the Artworks Curatorial Fellowship Program of Stavros Niarchos
Foundation in 2021. Past and current curatorial residencies of hers include: Neon Curatorial
Exchange (UK), Rupert Residency (LT), and Saha Curatorial Residency (TR).
opbo studio is an independent art space in Piraeus founded by producer and filmmaker
Alexandros Tiliopoulos. With a focus on visual arts and filmmaking, opbo studio functions
both as an exhibition space for contemporary art and as a shelter for hosting or producing new
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