Nikos Navridis
Curator: Rosa Martínez
“La Caixa” Foundation’s Madrid Exhibition Hall. January 30th to March 14th, 2004
Nikos Navridis (Athens, 1958) is one of the leading exponents of the new generation of Greek artists. He represented his country in the international biennials of São Paulo (1996), Istanbul (1997), Santa Fe in New Mexico (1999) and Venice (2001), and he has participated in numerous international exhibitions held in Sweden, Korea, Mexico, Japan and Ireland.

In his video installations and projections, Navridis makes use of elements that are lightweight such as latex, or ethereal like breath, in order to articulate the relationships of beings with the world. The main theme of his work is air, and his obsession centres on visualising the processes of human breathing as a basic ability of all living beings. What he does could be deemed as “breathe sculpture” given that his characters mould spaces, enact existential tensions and make the invisible visible through breathing. Conceptually, this objective corresponds with that of modern art which endeavours to reflect the impossible or the prohibited from a moral, psychological or physical viewpoint, while also presenting it as something which is possible.

Set against the backdrop of ARCO’04, which has Greece as its guest country, “la Caixa” Foundation’s Madrid Exhibition Hall serves as the venue for an exhibition focused on Navridis’ most representative artistic output over the last ten years, including the Difficult Breaths series which was especially created for the occasion. This exhibition, comprised of five video installations and forty-two photographs, has been curated by Rosa Martínez.

The Nikos Navridis exhibition, organized and produced by “la Caixa” Foundation, can be visited at the “la Caixa” Foundation’s Exhibition Hall in Madrid (C/ Serrano, 60), from January 30th to March 14th, 2004.

Official opening: Thursday, January 29th at 8 p.m.
”La Caixa” Foundation Exhibition Hall
Calle Serrano, 60 (Madrid)
Hours: from Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays and holidays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

Admission free of charge

For further information and graphic materials, please contact Glòria Cid Gerlach.
Communications Department of ”la Caixa” Foundation.
Telephone no.: 93 404 61 51. Fax: 93 404 61 16 / 60 80