red room





red room (on Andreas Kalvos)

Print on sheet, cardboard box, darkroom red bulb, headphones, 2 ostrich eggs (one in its natural condition and the other perforated), stool, rope, light; variable dimensions ; 2008

TinT gallery THESSALONIKI 2008


One and only is the road
and it leads to the grave;
to this way necessity’s hand
firmly forces the humans

Andreas Kalvos

Efi Amanatidou’s installation deals with the polarised relationship of life and death.
This is structurally objectified by the juxtaposition of the inside and the outside as well as the potential to observe part of the installation being blocked at the outside, while at the same time another part of it invites the viewer to its inner space.

The red room -pain's field- and its inverse/reflection moorder-murder is the inside or the outside?

Μία και μόνη είναι
η οδός, και εις τον τάφον
φέρνει· εις αυτήν η ανάγκη
αμάχητον με χείρα
ωθεί τους ζώντας

Ανδρέας Κάλβος

Η εγκατάσταση της Έφης Αμανατίδου πραγματεύεται το
δίπολο ζωής-θανάτου.

Δομικά αυτό αποδίδεται με την αντιπαράθεση του μέσα
και του έξω, τη δυνατότητα να παρατηρεί ο θεατής μέρος
της εγκατάστασης αποκλεισμένος έξω, ενώ άλλο μέρος
της τον προσκαλεί στο εσωτερικό του.

Γέννηση - Ζωή - Θάνατος
Το red room-χώρος πόνου και το αντίστροφό του
moorder-murder είναι το μέσα ή το έξω;

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installation -performance;
variable dimensions; 2004

TinT gallery THESSALONIKI 2004




working on networking



The audio - visual stimuli that the viewer receives after he crosses the blue screen which defines the installation's
"field", are the following:
A net filled with crystal beads -transparent and colourful ones-, a 11 minutes video-projection depicting different views
of the sea's surface, and the sound of the lap of the waves at the seashore.
On entering the space, the viewer is been given by the artist a blossom of the flower called delphinium, a name
carrying symbolical connotations in relation to the meaning of the installation.
The blue-coloured flower "delphinium" has the structure of a main branch from which the blossoms set.
The sea, the flower "delphinium" and the net, all imply the notion of unity which is the main idea in relation to which
the work has been elaborated -while the action (performance) of the artist, makes the same idea tangible and brings
the viewer in touch both with her and her idea.
The work deals with the objective of networking and the creation of relationships, both literally as well
as metaphorically.

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balkans -genius loci



balkans -genius loci

wooden cart made of door's frame components, cartload consisted of cardboard boxes and their (not original) contents, string, velvet, light;
207 * 148 * 185 cm;


'Young Balkan Artists', organized by the Cultural Olympiad,
Thessaloniki 2003

courtesy of the MMCA, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
work especially created for this exhibition







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conditio humana


conditio humana

cardboard boxes, threads, print reproduction, metal plate, earth,
icon, thorn, light;  2.08 * 1.34 * 1.67m;  2001-2003

"Kodra action field" THESSALONIKI 2003


an existential work


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The image of the condition



Fire over water.
The image of the condition before transition.

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Big retires, small approaches


Big retires, small approaches
installation: 173 * 55 * 71cm; 1999

Biennial of the Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean SARAJEVO 2001
Art Athina 7 '99 ATHENS 1999

The installation is being organized with a slide projection on a screen
of sand and the use of mirrors and music.
The visual material consists of :
* aerial photographs
* aerial photographs with pictorial entries from an old dictionary inserted
* maps with entries inserted
* the void

The evolution of language and its domination over nature, the prevalence
of the artificial over the natural and the human violence exerted on things,
create the main concept around which the work was elaborated.
technical profile of the installation:

- Sand from Sahara
- Slides
- Projector with round tray
- Electric circuit of 12 lightbulbs
- Mirrors
- Case of plexiglass
- Wireless headphones - transmitter
- Walkman
- Transformer
- Strobe light

The duration of the projection is about 17 minutes

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recycling-action (performance) I

In the work recycling--action (performance) I the following materials are being recycled:

1) A video-montage of 7 films by Werner Herzog
(duration 29 minutes, Thessaloniki 2000 )



The films are the following:
Aguirre, the wrath of God
Cobra Verde
Heart of glass
The enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Where the green ants dream

with additional music to be heard at the last minutes of the video, the Terminus Part III by Psychic TV
"This is the place where all roads meet..."

2) Theoretical text

"on utopia,
u-topia (no-place)
ideal society
and reality"

(Thessaloniki 1998)
3) Extracts from notes
written in 2004  (Osnabrück 25-4-2004)

"The process of leaving
flooded me with a feeling
that I call nostalgia.
Then the music of my CD-rom came in my mind.

"This is the place where all roads meet
The place where all is secret
The place where time stands still
in the comfort of night
And love becomes will
in the presence of light
I never want to leave
I never want to leave"




does not occur only after losing something but even before coming close.
So nostalgia is related to the notion of distance
How can we, humans break the distance?
I will try through art.
But is art a substitute of life
and life a substitute of the place where all roads meet?"

4) Documents from the basement of the building.
5) Whatever else evolves, it is a material in process !

the manifesto (in Greek) | view or download pdf 652kb
12 ideal cities by Superstudio | view or download pdf 1012kb

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