ACCEPT-LGBT CYPRUS EVENTS ON INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE | “CORRECTION” - A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION BY PAOLA REVENIOTI & SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY “Kaliarnta”
Every year on November 20th, International Transgender Day of Remembrance commemorates those who died after falling victims to transphobia and hatred by members of our community who cannot accept gender non-conforming people. It is also a day on which the international community has the opportunity to highlight the problems faced by the transgender community on a daily basis.
Accept-LGBT Cyprus’ key concern is to raise the awareness of Cypriot society in relation to hate crimes against members of the Trans community, providing space for mourning and honoring the lives of the victims which must not be forgotten*. This year, as part of the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, Accept is organizing a series of events, aiming to instigate dialogue, both within the LGBT community and between the LGBT community and the Cypriot society.
The opening will take place on Thursday, November 20th 2014, at 20:00, in the old Nicosia Municipal Market, followed by a screening, for the first time in Cyprus, of the documentary “Kaliarnta”.
Duration: Thursday, November 20th 2014 until Saturday, November 22nd 2014
Opening hours: 17:00-21:00
Documentary screenings on November 21st & 22nd: “Kaliarnta” - 18:00 and 20:00
* In 2013, 238 killings of Trans people were recorded worldwide by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project.
Curator’s note – Christos Kyriakides:
“Through her work, Paola has become the bridge between a dreaminess and raw realism.
Through her lens, boys appear as unknowing accomplices in the structuring of a modern visual culture. They seem unaware of the potential of their image, unaware of the manner in which their identity is unpretentiously communicated to shape the aesthetics of current viewers.
Slogans on walls and mundane Athenian sitting rooms swirl with nightly lovers, young boys, random encounters and political protests. Her archives record 30 years of events without excess or stylistic interference. Her subjective dimension is in constant dialogue with the social environment. For 30 years, Paola acts as a contemporary artist.
The magazine “Kraximo” which she issued in the 1990s, radically shaped not only the perception of a magazine’s structured content, but also of the act of prostitution, since it was financed by Paola’s own prostitution. The cover proclaimed that any job done solely for profit is, in fact, prostitution, whilst its content, simulating her life, featured renowned intellectuals such as Félix Guattari aside lustful male bodies. All uncensored and without stylistic editing.
Ranging from political messages and pornography to social awakenings, protests and pleasure, Paola portrays the history of gay activism in the Greek arena.
Through her current team “The Paola Projects”, she continues to record and convey her thoughts in a series of You Tube documentaries. The documentary “Kaliarnta” records, for the first time, the history of this type of argot in an audiovisual format.
The complexity of her work appears to be enormous.
Christos Kyriakides, November 2014
Paola Revenioti, is a Greek Trans and is considered a legend of the Athenian underground scene.
Extract from an article in the British magazine “Dazed & Confused” regarding an exhibition by Paola Revenioti in London 2013
During the 80s, transgender Greek artist and prostitute Paola Revenioti published the trans-anarchist fanzine Kraximo. Funded by her own prostitution, the zine pioneered the fight for gay and trans rights, combining interviews with Greek poets and intellectuals alongside Athens street hustlers and her own photography, since compared to the work of Larry Clark and Walter Pfeiffer. Today she continues to work as an artist and activist, making Athens-based documentaries with her "Paola Projects".
Extract from an article in the International art magazine Frieze, regarding Paola Revenioti’s recent exhibition at Breeder gallery
Revenioti’s photographs – mostly black and white, but occasionally colour – are carefully composed: she shoots young men in front of political graffiti or in the living rooms of typical Greek homes. The nude studies reveal the rich communication that exists between Revenioti and her friends, clients and lovers; this results in images that can be both pornographic and political. In the 1970s, anarchism, police abuse and immigration were swept under the carpet in Greece. In her work, Revenioti chooses to focus on the controversial topics of the day, alongside her frank discussion of the biggest taboos of all: prostitution and homosexual love. What becomes apparent is that she is neither flaunting her work as a prostitute nor elevating it to a heroic status. She has simply taken advantage of her hourly occupation in the streets of downtown Athens to observe, relate to and reveal problematic situations that affect a large section of Greek society. She does so through her community of urban misfits, not in a manifesto-like way, but via an unstrained sense of ‘revolutionary homosexual expression’ as she herself describes it.
The Paola Projects: Paola’s team has been creating, for a while now, a series of extremely interesting documentaries. Their most recent project is of particular value: it constitutes the only attempted recording of Kaliarnta, following that of Petropoulos, whilst covering “live” the history of the dialect (the manner in which it was spoken, the accompanying gestures, etc.) The documentary was recently completed and its viewing alongside the exhibition in Cyprus constitutes one of the first screenings in the Greek domain.
Nicosia, November 3rd 2014