// Christos Venetis Portrait

A conversation with Christos Venetis in FUKT Magazine #15
The World is a book

Can you tell me about the choice of using the inside cover of ripped books?

“I usually use surfaces of objects that a had past life or a different use. The “symbolism” of the book is more or less familiar, while the torn pages convey a sense of loss, a wound. This series of drawings could be titled Liber Mundi / Imago Mundi. The term “Liber mundi” (the world as a book) suggests the idea of wholeness or, at least, the desire, the craving for wholeness. It is a medieval idea that continued with the Enlightenment Encyclopedia and the full use of written speech. However, it is a known fact that our time is defined by the domination of the image. It is a whole comprised of fragments of two different communication systems.”

How important is the narration in your work?

“Reality itself is a product of narration. The dominant discourse conceals its ficitonal nature and artists acting in this field, either deconstruct this “construct” or reality or narrate alternative stories. However, it is the viewer who completes the narration. So the stories exist within other stories. I believe there is no such thing as an original experience, which is why I use found images to create my own narration.”

// Christos Venetis / vita

1967 born in Joaninna, Greece
1993-1999 Aristotle University School of Fine Arts, Department of Visual and Applied Arts, BA

Currently lives and works in Thessaloniki, Greece.


2017 Liber Mundi/Imago Mundi, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne/ D
2015 Operation Mincemeat Asides, curated by TinT gallery, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET), Thessaloniki/ G


2018 National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens/ GR
2015 Syn-In the framework of ³Antallaxima 1³, Mansion Georgiadi, Mytilene/ G
Art Projects / Art London, participation with TinT gallery, London/ UK
2014 Optima mihi in chartis, Galerie Roemerapotheke, Zuerich/ CH
Art Athina, participation with TinT gallery, Athens/ G
2013 and I would see flowers through your eyes, Alex Hamilton – Christos Venetis,
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London/ UK
2012 Utopia, curated by E. Parpa and M. Stathi, E. Lanitis, Cultural Center, Limassol/ ZY
2011 Art Athina, participation with TinT gallery, Athens/ G
The Symptom Projects, curated by A. Artinos, M. Kataga,
K. Christopoulos, Amfissa/ G
Reference/Representation, Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki/ G
2010 Conversation piece, TinT gallery, Thessaloniki/ G
2009 Ana-Kata 221, curated by D. Konteletzidou, IRIS Cultural Center, Municipality of Stavroupoli, Thessaloniki/ G
Hinterland, Action Field Kodra 09, curated by M. Kenanidou, Kodra Camp, Municipality of Kalamaria, Thessaloniki/ G
2006 Zosimades’ Action, Municipal Gallery of Ioannina/ G
2001 Matter-Work, curated by D. Konteletzidou, Vafopouleio Cultural Center, Thessaloniki/ G
2000 10R00MS2000, curated by D. Konteletzidou, Kappatos gallery, Hotel St. George Lecabetus, Athens/ G
Millenium2000, Mylos, Thessaloniki/ G
1999 Biennial of Young Artists from the Mediterranean, curated by T. Stefanidou, Nice/ F
1998 Art Athina 6, ZM gallery, Athens/ G
1997 Art Heineken, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki/ G
1996 Merkouria 96, Hellexpo, Thessaloniki/ G