The word Paroikia – Παροικία meaning sojourning in a foreign land comes from the ancient Greek word πάροικοσ – dwelling beside, stranger, soujourner is comprised of the prefix παρά (pará) meaning beside or near and suffix – οίκοσ (oîkos) meaning home or family. This mutated through latinisation of the Greek to the French paroisse eventually to the English word parish, or community.
ZOË PAUL (b.1987, London) grew up between the Greek island of Kithira and Oxford, having South African origins. She now lives and works in Athens. After finishing her undergraduate at Camberwell College of art, she completed her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. Recent group shows include Equilibrists organized by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens in collaboration at the Benaki Museum, Athens, and Unorthodox at the Jewish Museum, New York (both 2016).
ANGELO PLESSAS (b. 1974, Athens) lives and works in Athens. He is the founder and curator of the Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, a gathering and residency for internet artists, realized in different parts of the world. He is also the founder of Experimental Education Protocol an alternative educational model structured around experiential and communal learning. Plessas recently presented his work in Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, 2017. He is the winner of the DESTE Prize, 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include Mirage Machines at The Breeder, Athens, 2015. Group exhibitions include SuperSuperstudio at PAC, Milan, 2015, Digiart at Studio 13/16, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2014, and the Liverpool Biennial, 2012.
KOSTIS VELONIS (b. 1968, Athens) lives and works in Athens. Recent shows include Part Company at Casa Maauad, Mexico City in 2016, This probably will not work at Lothringer13 – Städtische Kunsthalle München, Munich, Mount the Air at Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015 at Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Super superstudio at Padiglione Arte Contemporanea, Milano (all 2015), The Theater of the World at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, This is Not My Beautiful House at Kunsthalle Athena, Athens and HELL AS PAVILION at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (all 2014). Velonis studied at the London Consortium, Birkbeck College, ICA, the Paris VIII University, and received his Doctorate in architecture from the University of Athens.
ALLYSON VIEIRA (b.1979, Massachusetts) lives and works in New York. Vieira holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, NYC and an MFA from Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY. Her work has been shown in international institutions, including the museum solo exhibitions The Plural Present at the Swiss Institute, NY, 2014 and the Kunsthalle Basel, CH, 2013. Recent solo gallery shows include Company, NY, Klaus von Nichtssagend, NY, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, The Breeder, Athens, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, Laurel Gitlen, NY, and Monica de Cardenas, Milan. Additional projects exhibitions include Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, NY, The Highline, NY, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY, the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA. In 2018, Vieira will publish On the Rock: The Acropolis Interviews with Soberscove Press, Chicago, IL.
image: Kostis Velonis, Untitled (‘Life Without Tragedy’ series), 2015, plywood, wood, acrylic, 7.48h x 24.80w x 7.48d in (19h x 63w x 19d cm). Courtesy of the artist and Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.