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XYZ Outlet #12: HOPE | I WANT TO HEAR NEW WAR | Tuesday May 31st, 2011 from 20.00 to 21.00, strictly | Perdika 8 & Achileos, Metaxourgeio

On Tuesday May 31st, XYZ Outlet presents the performance I WANT TO HEAR NEW WAR by Athens- based artist HOPE.

The performance I WANT TO HEAR NEW WAR aims to build a temple for our fears. Drawing from such feelings as the tension caused by the unseen, and the unconscious desire for the harmful, the artist investigates how they could operate as a relief. The pre-knowledge of the unhappy and probably painful end of an event acts as some kind of healing, like the fire alarm that makes you want to hear of a fire; the crisis that makes you want to hear of the end of the economy; the war drums that make you crave to hear the news of a new war.

The costumes for I WANT TO HEAR NEW WAR are designed by Digitaria.

About the artists

HOPE started as a street artist. His posters are a mixture of uneasy images and voyeuristic observations, masked by a facade of mythological symbolism. Combining public performance, installation, drawings, collage, posters and video projections, HOPE aims to introduce his personal vocabulary within an art context.

HOPE studied in the Law School of Athens.
Solo exhibitions include : The sun may not shine tomorrow, so suck my dick, 2008, K44, Athens, Next Exhibition, 2008, Starter Gallery, Dresden, Τhe house of Phoenix, 2010, (installation and performance with Michele Valley), KNOT Gallery, Athens and MOUNTAIN/HOPE, 2010, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens.
Group exhibitions include: Free for Wall Pt 3, 2008, Brick Lane Gallery, London, 3 Velvet Days in Heaven project, 2nd Athens Biennale, HEAVEN, Photography as a Performance, Athens Photo Festival, 2009, Athens, Illustration – LIFO exhibition, 2010, Benaki Museum, Athens, in the international exhibition of contemporary art OSTRALE '10, Dresden, 5th annual NY Art Book Fair, 2009, MoMA, New York, with his publication “thesewarsareoutburstofhypnosisonlythemasksareforreal” as part of the “Journal of Aesthetics and Protest” curated selection, Mind over Matter, 2011, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens and Sygxroni Ellinida, 2011, HUB, Athens.
He has formed the online bands A Glepner For Fenrir and Dokurogumo. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Greek Graphic Design & Illustration award for Best Cover Illustration.

Digitaria is Athens-based designer Eleftheria Arapoglou.