PORTSMOUTH: Look Up // Nikos Papadopoulos // Plasticobilism

October 4, 2016

As part of Journeys Festival International Portsmouth 10 - 22 October, we will be presenting the internationally acclaimed artist Nikos Papadopoulos photographic series Plasticoblism. Check out the Plasticobilism Fan Page here. Look Up is a high impact, large scale outdoor visual arts exhibition on the exteriors of selected buildings across Portsmouth's cityscape, including The Astoria, The British Red Cross building and Wight Link Ferry Terminal.  

 

Ahead of the install we managed to grab 10 minutes with the artist to find out a bit more about him and what his artworks represent. 

 

Hi Nikos! Please tell us a little bit more about yourself. 

My name is Nikos Papadopoulos, I’m thirty-seven years old and I come from Greece. I have a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and I also work as a professional screenwriter, but above all I’m a father of two young children.

 

 

How did you start working with Playmobil, and why?

I started expressing myself using the Playmobil toys of my elder son. We were playing with the figures when I realised I can talk about my thoughts through the figures of my own childhood. I utilise a symbol of innocence to talk about all the inhumane and cruel things happening around me.

 

What do you want to achieve through the Plasticobilism series?

What I do is in no way an effort to “awaken” anyone, because if someone cannot be awakened by reality itself, they won’t be by its representation with plastic figures, either. I just add my own cry of anguish to those of millions of people around me, who are worried about the present and future of this world.

 

How does Plasticobilism sit within the current soci-political landscape?

These particular pieces of work express my agony about the refugee crisis and, more specifically, about the refugees themselves, who are the tragic victims of this crisis. As far as I’m concerned, Art exists to show the truth, not to decorate walls or spaces. Its purpose is to overthrow, to take a clear stand on events, to shake people into action. I hope these images will serve as a starting point of awareness and dialogue, internal dialogue, firstly. A stimulus for understanding and solidarity towards refugees. These people will make us better human beings in many aspects and certainly reveal who we really are, even to ourselves. Our attitude towards them is a mirror of our souls and our humanity.

 

How do you feel about bringing your artwork to the city of Portsmouth?

It is really a great honor for me to be invited to participate in the Look Up exhibition. I am truly excited for two reasons: firstly, because I believe the suitable place for my work is the streets. There, they can communicate to all the people without exception, not just with the elite, as is usually the case in common exhibitions.

 

Portsmouth is a historic city of a great country with a tremendous cultural heritage, and so when it happens to take place in a very special and interesting socio-political situation in the United Kingdom, it makes it even more special.

 

ART TALK

THURS 20 OCTOBER

5PM - 6PM

THE CONTAINER PROJECT, ELDON BUILDING COURTYARD, FACULTY OF CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES, WINSTON CHURCHILL AVENUE, UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH, PO1 2DJ.

 

Join Aspex's Exhibition and Gallery Manager, Tony Spencer and the Journeys Festival International team for an Art Talk, sharing more about the work of Nikos Papdopoulos.

 

PLASTICOBILISM - FULL EXHIBITION

MON 17 OCT - FRI 22 OCTOBER

Open: Mon - Fri 10am to 6pm // Sat - Sun 10am to 4pm

THE CONTAINER PROJECT, ELDON BUILDING COURTYARD, FACULTY OF CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES, WINSTON CHURCHILL AVENUE, UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH, PO1 2DJ.

 

An opportunity to see more of Look Up artist Nikos Papdopoulos' work up close.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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