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Translating Literature into Art, via Fais

THE WORKS of acclaimed writer Michel Fais become the inspiration for eleven painters and a photographer to create art, the results of which can be found at the Sotiris Felios Collection:


Work by Kalliopi Assargiotaki

ELEVEN painters and one photographer draw inspiration from the writings of Michel Fais. The result? Some motivated, mysterious, thought-provoking art works, that make up the current show at the Sotiris Felios Collection, to be inaugurated Thursday, December 12, 8pm. (Runs till January 14).
This exhibition, comprising painting, video and photography, entitled ‘Adjacent Images’, has been curated by Elisavet Sakareli. It is yet another example of how literature and the visual arts go hand in hand, down reality’s treacherous path.


Work by Marilitsa Vlachaki

Michel Fais (born in Komotini, 1957) is head of the book section in the ‘Editors’ Journal’ (‘Efimerida ton Syntakton’). He teaches creative writing at the Greek Open University, and at the University of West Macedonia (in Florina). He is also Director of Studies and teacher in the “School” (creative writing workshops organized by Patakis publications) and editor of a number of literary collections; Plus, Fais has also explored photography and script-writing.


Work by Chronis Botsoglou

In 2000 Fais was awarded by the state for his writings. His books and stories have been translated into many languages, his plays have been enjoyed by many, and he has also worked on scripts for cinema. He has published nine books, two theatrical plays, and two books with his photography.


Work by Pericles Goulakos

He writes about the current exhibition the following: “And so it is, that on this tableau of memory, browsing my 23 years of writing in reverse, 12 beloved friends sat. They are dedicated and talented people of the image, who to be succinct, intermingled with many of the spectral faces in my books, those tamed demons, those fleshy advocates of mine – inside and outside of the text. And so, as we all sat together, eating and drinking, discussing and laughing, like an old, tried, untainted group of friends, dawn came; or maybe it was the dusk, of a day which has been fading for years now, and never ends.”


Michel Fais


Participating artists: Angelos Antonopoulos, Kalliopi Assargiotaki, Christos Bokoros, Manolis Bitsakis, Pericles Goulakos, Chronis Botsoglou, Achilleas Papakostas, Kostas Papanikolaou, Giorgos Rorris, Marilitsa Vlachaki, Marilena Zamboura, and photographer Elias Cosindas.

  • On Sunday, December 17, 1.2.30pm, a guided tour and talk about the exhibition will be given by literary critic/translator Katerina Schina, together with the participating artists and writer Michel Fais.

• The Sotiris Felios Collection is on 16 Fokionos Negri. Open Wed-Fri 6-9, Sat 12-8, Sun 12-3, Closed 23-24 Dec, 30-31 Jan, 6-7 Jan.


Work by Kostas Papanikolaou

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