The barbarians – Michel Pavlou – Norway

A series of scenes of a besieged city, shaken by riots, associated with Cavafy’s and Aeschylus’ verses, fuses the narrative with the historical time and question the diachronic nature of power struggle.

Michel Pavlou is a multi-media artist and filmmaker whose work has been shown and awarded since 1990, in numerous exhibitions and festivals worldwide.Born in Greece (1960), he studied economics at Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg and Visual Arts at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Nancy, France. He is a founding member of Atopia, an artist’s initiative based in Oslo, dedicated to the research on experimental film & video art.Besides his focus on moving image he has worked in the areas of painting, photography, curatorship, theatre scenography, teaching, poetry and music. He gained numerous grands, supports and fellowships for his visual researches, by international institutions, including the Norwegian State’s Guaranty Income for Artists (since 2011). Over the last decade, Pavlou’s  work deals mainly with the reversible relationships between the fictional and the documentary, the actual and the virtual, bringing to light the mutual nature of the  images. Ordinary, daily sceneries alter to paradoxical stage settings where space and time turn out to be malleable.Pavlou lives and works in Oslo and Brussel.

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