Yorgos Sapountzis

Knock, Knock Monument2004

1 min. 30 sec. 

music: Øvind Torvund

In his work Knock, Knock Monument from 2004, Yorgos Sapountzis creates a head piece from his mother’s porcelain figurines, a monument of the private, personal sphere. In this sculptural and performative improvisation Sapountzis takes his homemade monument and wears it out on the public streets of Athens. He explores sculpture in the urban context and playfully scrutinizes the value of the content of collective memory.

Yorgos Sapountzis (b. 1976 in Athens, Lives and works in Berlin) is a visual artist, and a set and costume designer. From 1998 to 2002 he was a set designer and assistant director at Diplous Eros Theater before moving to Berlin to study at the University of the Arts Berlin. Sapountzis received the Villa Romana Prize and a scholarship from Kunstzeitraum München. His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in various places, among them are the 57th Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), Fridericianum, Kassel, Kunsthaus Hamburg and The Kitchen, New York.

We would like to thank the Greek embassy for their assistance