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Io Myrto Chaviara

Born in 1983 in Athens, Greece
Lives in Athens and London

Still Life. 2010. Wooden table, silicone, air pump equipment. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist

In an era where books are worth more than anything valuable, they have become an endangered species. Their materialistic decline is nothing but a political statement against their potential strength. Knowledge serves both as a cure and a weapon in every kind of crisis. The history of the transgression of books as objects transforms them into "bookbodies." The registration of the thoughts and ideas of authors who do not even exist—whose physical existence has no monumental reference today—transforms books into vital organisms. These organisms’ contents have always been a bone of contention, as they have always armed the minds of people. Whether objects of adoration or of hate, they become clearly and directly personified. These humanized objects, crossing through the centuries, have the potential to do anything, serving as powerful vital organisms.

Io Myrto Chaviara

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.