ARCAthens Virtual Residency #2

ARCAthens Virtual Residency August 2020

We are delighted to introduce our second ARCAthens Virtual Residency Fellows.

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 TimesArt 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. https://www.brittofied.com/

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 By appropriating the appropriated (i.e. pop culture) and mining historical references, I believe that my messages resonate from a globally shared influence of “American” culture.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. linardakiparisot.wixsite.com

“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. “

AVR Synopsis – A Cross Cultural Dialogue Between the AVR Fellows

Instagram Visual Conversation

ARCAthens Virtual Residency #2 is our second residency of this season, featuring our AVR Fellows, Michael Paul Britto, from the Bronx, New York, and Eirini Linardaki, from Athens, Greece. Their Instagram conversation/takeover took place from July 20-August 14, 2020.

Week 1: Topology / Misconceptions

I grew up in Athens. I moved to an island that is made of floating mountains. #PostedByEiriniLinardaki 

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“The Brown Man Experience” was initially developed during the 2014 Performing Artist Residency at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in the South Bronx. Read More

 

In 2008 I did a project in Liberia with Handicap International, working with these amazing students raising awareness on mobility and accessibility for people with disabilities. Read More

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Michael Paul Britto, “The War At Home, Black On Black Crime” 2008, 17 inches x 14 inches Bristol Board, Cut Magazine, Cut Cardboard Read More

 

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Michael Paul Britto “Never Surrender” 2012, 6 inches x 6 inches Gesso Board, Cut Magazine Advertisement

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Post by Eirini Linardaki

Newark. Digital collage – collaboration with Vincent Parisot, 2020. We made this project for a Newark Mural

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Post by Michael Paul Britto

Today we went to Agios Nikolaos of Crete, a city on the east side of the island, where we will make a new public project. Read More

Curatorial Reflections Week 1: Topology/Misconceptions

AVR2, the second ARCAthens Virtual Residency, welcomes #BronxArtist Michael Paul Britto and #GreekArtist Eirini Linardaki, based in #Heraklion #Crete, to an Instagram Takeover, where these two wonderful artists engage in a visual conversation. Read More

Week 2: Movement

The thing that comes_Challenger. Transformable collage, magnetic drawings. Read More

Here is a public art project I did in summer 2019 for Hommocks middle school in Larchmont, NY. Read More

Michael Paul Britto
“I’m A Slave 4 U”, 2005
Digital Video, Single Channel
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Post by Eirini Linardaki

Borderline, 2016. Acrylic paint on concrete. This is a public ready made in the city of Heraklion. Read More

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Michael Paul Britto,
“Drop, Catch”, 2015
Cut Magazine Paper, Arches Paper

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Post by Eirini Linardaki

Theirland, a not unnatural enterprise. Raft /bed sculpture, performance and film, collection Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, 2006-2012

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The museum ninja
This is the moment where I included a moment of my life as a mother into my work as an artist: Read More

 

Curatorial Reflections Week 2: Movement

In the second week of the AVR2, Michael Paul Britto and Eirini Linardaki visually converse about “Movement”, the “notion of motion” (whether that manifests as a record of the activity of the individual or collective body), as well as the record of the activity of the mind, as seen in social movements. Read More

 

Week 3: Fear and Fatigue

Post by Michael Paul Britto

Michael Paul Britto
“Black Boy”, 2013
Digital Video Loop, 00:47 sec.
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Post by Eirini Linardaki

The thing that comes_Pearl Harbor, digital collage, archival photo, 2020. This is part of the collage series that are made over archival photos. Read More

 
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Michael Paul Britto
“Malcolm X” 2019
Digital Collage
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The Isle “K”, 2020
I am organizing a project this summer on the island of Crete that is all about people living on the edge of society. Read More

 

Michael Paul Britto
“The Overseer” 2015
Gesso Board, Cut Magazine,Glass Bottle, Cut Vinyl
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Post by Eirini Linardaki

The monster, digital collage 2019. An explosion shook the city of Beirut yesterday. Read More

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Michael Paul Britto
“A White Woman’s Tears” 2015
Glass Bottle, Cut Vinyl, Salt Water
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Michael Paul Britto
Shock & Awe, Untitled #20, 2015
Cut Magazine Paper, Gesso Board
Dimensions 6 in X 6 in Read More

Post by Eirini Linardaki

The wreck of hope_luxor air, watercolor, 2018, this is a military exercise, It is a fascinating image to me because it is a simulation of an extreme situation that is haunting me. Read More

 
 
 

Curatorial Reflections Week 3: Fear/Fatigue

In the AVR2’s third week, Michael Paul Britto and Eirini Linardaki’s visual conversation takes us on a journey of their apprehensions as well as deep seated fears. Read More

Week 4: Gender

Michael Paul Britto
Untitled (Grace), 2009/2011
Print made with archival pigments on fine art rag paper Read More

Post by Eirini Linardaki
fountain, vidéo 4mn, 2001. I was always interested by the scenes of women showering in films as a form of catharsis from violence. Read More
 
 
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Michael Paul Britto
Dirrrty Harriet Tubman #2, 2006
Digital Print
Dimensions 6ft x 9ft Read More

Husband and wife, 2008. A video work on the incomprehension between narratives within couples, testing “true stories” of 10 years in joint life cycle between partners Read More

 

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Michael Paul Britto
Machismo!, 2017
Digital Video Vignettes
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Escape Routes, 2016
Installation in the former police station of Heraklio, Crete. It is fundamental in human experience to imagine an escape from lives which seemingly bind us to results of choices not of our own making. Read More

 
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Michael Paul Britto
Manding-Oh-No!, 2019 Read More

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The Rope. Duct tape ephemeral installation on the wall above our building in NYC. Read More

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“Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.” ― Ella Baker

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le interruzioni, video, 3.20′, 2006

This video shows a woman in her kitchen, where she is reading the first lines of the Divine Comedy and she is explaining how this is all like her life and the fact that she is arriving upon the midway of her own life. Read More

Curatorial Reflections Week 4: Gender


In the AVR2’s final week,  #MichaelPaulBritto and #EiriniLinardaki’s visual conversation examines gender. Read More