Orestis Giannoulis (born in 1996) lives and works in Athens. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2021 and is currently a postgraduate student at the Dutch Art Institute. He uses written language, voice and performance to create physical and linguistic formations of collective expression and structures of action and contemplation, with fluid artistic outcomes. Orestis examines the interconnections of immaterial information with the material world and is particularly interested in exploring the ways through which language relates to physicality, identity and economy. Through his texts he experiments with literalism, generalization and the emotional surplus value of words. He focuses οn overidentification strategies and researches the capitalization and commercial malleability of emotion, as manifested in the production and circulation of public discourse, overused expressions and strategies of enunciation. The performative articulation of his texts investigates the limits between inhibition, eloquence, exposure and political engagement. He has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS (2021).
Variations on Discomfort, 2020
The Prompter, 2020
Four Exercises of Despair (performance documentation), 2020
Your Body Changes Everything (detail), 2020