ARCAthens Virtual Residency

ARCAthens Virtual Residency

We are pleased to launch our inaugural ARCAthens Virtual Residency program, always featuring two artists, one in Greece, and the other in the Bronx, New York. They will be in conversation for one month posting daily on Instagram.  Mediated by curator and ARCAthens Executive Director Aristides Logothetis, the artists will be working with social media as their medium to create a bridge between two vibrant communities during the COVID 19 pandemic. The conversations they make through Instagram which you can follow at @arc_athens will be documented on this site, as well as the culminating public zoom conversation at the end of their residency.

The AVR provides two Artist Fellows the opportunity and support to engage in a creative and productive dialogue during this period of social distancing. The AVR offers a trans-Atlantic conversation between two artists, mediated by a curator, and shared openly by others. We intend to bridge the constraints imposed by the pandemic by inviting artists to challenge their isolation, freely discuss their hopes and fears, and find insights and resources through a compelling exchange of ideas.

We are delighted to introduce our second ARCAthens Virtual Residency Fellows

Michael Paul Britto and Eirini Linardaki

Michael Paul Britto

Michael Paul Britto’s interdisciplinary practice spans a broad scope of mediums from videos to digital photography, sculpture, collage, and performance. He has a BA from the City College, NY. His past residencies include: The New Museum, Smack Mellon, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and LMCC. He has exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum of Harlem and The Kitchen in (NY) as well as internationally at The Zacheta National Gallery (Warsaw), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). Britto has been written about in The New York Times, Art In America and The Brooklyn Rail. He is also a teaching artist, and the co-founder of the “Young Men Of Color” film / video training program at Downtown Community Television in New York City.

My work is most concerned with the misconceptions and assumptions communicated by mass media in The United States. My practice creates a platform where I can address political and cultural awareness, using the customary, as metaphor. I encourage the viewer to think about socially nurtured assumptions of blackness, poverty, youth, and the characteristics of acceptable behavior, to create a perspective that is more responsive than reactionary. By appropriating the appropriated (i.e. pop culture) and mining historical references, I believe that my messages resonate from a globally shared influence of “American” culture.
Michael Paul Britto

Eirini Linardaki

Eirini Linardaki was born in Athens and studied at Limerick L.I.T., Ireland, Berlin and Marseille. She lived in France for more than twenty years before moving to the island Crete, where she is now based, developing projects mainly in the public sphere, on Crete, Athens, Paris and New York.She has exhibited at the Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam, Stegi, Onassis Cultural center Athens, House of Cyprus in Greece, Salon de Montrouge, Fri-Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg; Natural History Museum, Geneva, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Hamburg Kunsthaus, Rutgers University, NJ, Institut Français d’Athènes, John Jay College, Anya and Andrew Shiva gallery, Lower East Side Girls Club, NYC, Radiator Gallery, NYC, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, NYC.In January 2020 she was one of the curators of the Night of Ideas and Philosophy, for the French Institute of Greece.In February 2020 she organized and curated a «residency in the workplace» and exhibition program “Occupy # 1, New York” in collaboration with the Consulate General of Greece in New York and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the USA, where artists were invited to work within the offices and in collaboration with administrative staff of the Consulate and create art through dialogue with them.

“At this time of historic global crisis, art is helping and serving people in their communities. I believe that right now in history art is keeping pace with social change.Sometimes persistent social issues knock on our door and enter our dreams, becoming a defining aspect of a useful artistic vision. I experience this through my research, my practice and my overall journey as an artist. The complexity and persistent presence of the issues I face in various cities and communities become part of my artwork, expressed through materials found and generated by the ambitions of the participants. “

Instagram Visual Conversation #2

ARCAthens Virtual Residency #2 is our second residency of this season, featuring our next AVR Fellows, Michael Paul Britto, from the Bronx, New York, and Eirini Linardaki, from Athens, Greece. Their Instagram conversation/takeover is taking place from July 20-August 14, 2020, and will be posted in chronological order, with the most recent date first.