VASILIS KARVOUNIS

WHO ARE YOU?

2018

OVERVIEW :

“When I wrote the first one, in 1953. I wanted ‘the protagonist’ to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened ... One of the bibles of my youth was Birds of the West Indies, by a well-known ornithologist, and when I was casting about for a name for my protagonist I thought, My God, that’s the dullest name I’ve ever heard, so I appropriated it. Now the dullest name in the world has become an exciting one.
-Ian FlemingIt is a fictional character, created in 1953 by the English writer Ian Fleming. He is the protagonist of twelve novels and two collections of short stories. Ian Fleming's books, with fanatical readers in the late 1950s, were transferred to the cinema creating the most popular, long-lasting and successful film series. His name carries images of wealth, exotic locations, sex, adventure and espionage and remains the epitome of the elegant and gentleman spy. He knows how to dress up, what to drink, what to say and when to "break" the rules in all circumstances. It bestows the "British style" in the most elaborate way. Each of the actors embodying the hero adds a different dimension to his character."

BIOGRAPHY :

Vasilis Karvounis was born in 1982 in Athens, is a visual artist and filmmaker. His works has been shown in several exhibitions and festivals including, 27th Festival Les Instants Video, la Friche la Belle de Mai Marseille; 20th Traverse Vidéo, La Cinémathèque de Toulouse; Athens International Short Film Festival “Psarokokalo 8th ISFF”; 7th Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary Art; V_Kunst VII “ich bleibe”, Galerie Greulich Frankfurt; VideoBardo, V Festival International de VideoPoesia, Buenos Aires; “Turbulence Area” 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, Museum of Odessa Modern Art ; Dada Lives! “100 Artists Celebrating 100 Years of Dada” UC Blue Ash Art Gallery Cincinnati Ohio; Art Video International Festival 2016, Jerusalem Film Museum.

DIRECTOR STATMENT :

Vasilis Karvounis was born in 1982 in Athens. His work mostly deals with Visual Arts using video art through various practices. Apart from filming his work, one of his usual practices is composing or meddling with already prepared material with which he has been familiarized online, in order to create new narrative suggestions. He deals with the concepts of ecstasy, illusion and internal disunity. He has an interest for divisive situations of the mind as well as the relations and the contrasts between the conscious and the unconscious, playing with the limits between the rational and the irrational. He also works with the concepts of suggestion and auto-suggestion; he is interested in the imposition of ideas or emotions through external and internal factors as situations of shaping and changing consciences. In his work there are influences from and references to the fields of psychology, philosophy and, more widely, art.