XYZ OUTLET #19: Lakis and Aris Ionas / The Callas | “WALKING IN THE DARK / LOOKING FOR YOUR TOY”

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XYZ OUTLET #19: Lakis and Aris Ionas / The Callas | “WALKING IN THE DARK / LOOKING FOR YOUR TOY” | Tuesday October 11th from 20:00 to 21:00 strictly | Perdika 8 & Achileos, Metaxourgeio, 104 36, Athens

XYZ Outlet continues, “DRY: No drinks, no party, just an art quickie”. On Tuesday 11 October we are presenting “WALKING IN THE DARK / LOOKING FOR YOUR TOY” by Lakis and Aris Ionas / The Callas. XYZ Outlet will be open to the public for one hour only, as always, between 20:00 and 21:00.

During September and October XYZ Outlet’s projects are presented within the framework of the international contemporary art platform ReMap 3.


Lakis and Aris Ionas / The Callas will present at XYZ Outlet “WALKING IN THE DARK / LOOKING FOR YOUR TOY” *. Photographs, objects and small sculptures comprise remnants of a punk, sacred route connecting two spaces, XYZ Outlet and ATOPOS CVC.

Taking as a starting point the installation at XYZ Outlet, a procession will follow through the streets of Metaxourgeio, inviting visitors to discover one-by-one elements that make up The Callas’ practice. The procession will end at ATOPOS CVC with a performance, concluding the route.  

A scented iconostasis, colours and flavours, alcohol, rock ’n’ roll, DIY porn; the whole of The Callas world combined in a religious party en route.

* lyric from the latest 7” single by The Callas - Peepee

About Lakis and Aris Ionas / The Callas

The Callas are brothers and artistic collaborators Lakis and Aris Ionas. Using traditional folk-art practices and DIY messthetics The Callas create an atmosphere of magic, lust, alchemy and dark “joie de vivre”. Inspired by the eccentricity of The Fall, and via Fluxus performances, the No Wave movement, and Constructivist artists, The Callas deliver their Lo-Fi Geometry dogma.

In the past years they have exhibited their artwork at spaces such as ATOPOS CVC, Faggionato Fine Art (curated by Nadja Argyropoulou), AMP Gallery, The DESTE foundation, 2nd Athens Biennale 2009, HEAVEN (curated by Chus Martinez), the Yinka Shonibare Space, The Breeder gallery.

They have performed gigs all over Europe including at: Indietracks Festival (Derbyshire, UK), The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK) Artrocker Magazine (London,UK), The Fly (London,UK), Club Fandango at The Monarch (London,UK), Barfly (London,UK), Sala Apolo in Barcelona, Taktfrei fest (Berlin), De Roode Bioscoop,(Amsterdam, Netherlands). Also, in churches, flats, boats, mountains, toilets and with bands such as Au Revoir Simone, You Say Party! We Say Die!, The Wedding Present, Television Personalities, Stereo Total and The Victorian English Gentlemens Club.

In the past few months The Callas have shown work at Faggionato Fine Art (London, UK), have supported Grinderman in Athens after a Jim Sclavunos invitation and also released a split flexi single with The Victorian English Gentlemens Club (This is Fake DIY records).