PCAP – Paxos Contemporary Art Project

Artists descend on the Greek island to create public installations among existing architecture


Photography by Jewgeni Roppel
From June 22, 2018 until September 8, 2018
Situated 20 kilometres from mainland Greece, Paxos is set in the Ionian Sea. As it has no airport, the island can only be reached by ferryboat and therefore, has been able to protect itself from the strain of modern tourism, and has a permanent population of approximately 2,300 inhabitants.
For PCAP, artists will intervene with existing structures of natural and architectural sites across the island, which are predominantly open-air. The exhibitions will include works on paper, sculpture, performance, mural, and audio/ video installations.
The likes of Axel Void, Jewgeni Roppel, Leonid Keller, Linus Lohmann, Quintessenz, Rene Wagner, Michael Sebastian Haas and Yiannis Pappas have all intervened with existing structures of natural and architectural sites across the island, which are predominantly open-air.
Exhibitions range from works on paper and sculptures, to performance, mural, and large-scale installations – such as Quintessenz's rainbow-hued intervention suspended from a 400-year-old ruin.
'The work unfolds in an approximately 400-year-old ruin and forms a unique contrast. The wind and the sunlight make the installation appear like a digital body in the real world. It forms the interface between analog and digital, between today and then and between old and new,' Quintessenz
The collective, founded by Hannover and Berlin-based artists Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic wanted the installation to appear "almost unreal", while interacting with the islands natural winds and its rural setting.
PCAP takes place across Paxos until 9 September 2018.