Kostis Velonis
Kostis Velonis (b. 1968) lives and works in Athens. He studied Fine Arts in Paris and received his Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the London Consortium, Birkbeck College, London. Ηe earned his PhD from the Department of Architecture, N.T.U.A University of Athens. He took part in a number of group exhibitions such as: In Present Tense at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Τhessaloniki (2007), Barricades Without Borders ‘68 - New (Brave) World at the XXIV International Festival, Sarajevo (2008), Show me, Don’t Tell me at the 1st Brussels Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008), The World Question Center at the 2nd Athens Biennial (2009). In 2011, he took part in the group shows Nτέρτι Humanism at Faggionato Fine Art, London, An Elusive Object of Art at Dana Charkasi Gallery, Vienna, Melanchotopia, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, HELL AS PAVILION, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013) and Direct Democracy, MUMA /Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia (2013). In 2012 he was given the MAK Schindler Scholarship and he was an architect in residence at MAK Center of Art and Architecture, Los Angeles and exhibited at the exhibition Material and Culture - MAK Center for Art and Architecture-Schindler House, Los Angeles, USA (2012). His solo shows include Haml+E.T at AD Gallery, Athens (2003), Blind Date at the Galerie Kamm (two-person show), Berlin (2005), How one can think freely in the shadow of a temple at Kunstverein, Hamburg (2009), Building the Stage at Omikron Gallery, Nicosia (2011), The Promise of Happiness, Signal Gallery Malmö, Sweden (2011) and Gram(m)ary of Puppetry at Monitor Gallery, Rome, Italy (2013).