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Restoration of King George II returning to Greece (1946)
Vidéo | hdv | noir et blanc | 0:34 | Grèce | 2015
`Restoration of King George II returning to Greece (1946)`, 2014–15, is based on a small segment of a found footage of King George II ceremonially returning to Athens after his exile during World War II, laying a wreath upon the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while accompanied by the royal family. This footage was originally incomplete, having `gaps` of multiple missing frames that were afterwards filled in with animation (a series of digital drawings made by hand) — completing the figure`s motion as imagined thus attempting an impersonal, though inevitably subjective, `restoration` of this historical document.
Anastasis Stratakis (b. 1985, Greek) lives and works between Athens and Thessaloniki, where he studied Painting at the Fine Arts School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘An Endless Present’, AD Gallery, Athens (2013); ‘THE HARD PROBLEM’, Donopoulos IFA, Thessaloniki (2013); ‘Ideas are to objects as constellations are to stars’, Les Yper Yper — physical/conceptual habitat, Thessaloniki (2013), while his next solo show is planned for 2016 at AD Gallery, Athens. Selected group exhibitions include: 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015); ‘Athen 1.0 - Eine Gruppenausstellung’, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (2014); 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2014); ‘Afresh – A New Generation of Greek Artists’, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens (2013); ‘ΑΪΝ ΑΟΥΓΚΕΝΜΠΛΙΚ! - Vier junge griechische Künstler’, Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf (2012); ‘Drawing Room’, Omikron Gallery, Nicosia (2011). Selected residencies/workshops include: ‘Through the Image, Beyond the Image’, curated by Adrian Paci, Free Home University (FHU), Lecce (2013–14); 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art: Young Artists’ Workshop, Thessaloniki (2013).