WHY BE STILL, Floating Installation for Imaret, Northern Greece, 2022
Why Be Still? is a thirty-five-piece floating installation specifically designed for the water garden of Imaret in Northern Greece. The arabesque motifs and color scale of the work are inspired by the decorative patterns of Islamic art and the ideas of contemplation and rejuvenation associated with the design of Islamic gardens. The pieces are loosely attached to each other so that the overall composition can follow the subtle motion of the water. A certain variability of the size, position, and shape of the work is deliberately planned as a way to praise motion and constant change.

Fotis Flevotomos’s research in site-specific practices and stay at the Villa Empain and Imaret was supported by MOHA Research Center, the Boghossian Foundation and the Greek Ministry of Culture.

 

A glimpse into Greek artist Fotis Flevotomos‘s spring 2021 residency at the Siena Art Institute: inspired by the 14th century Sienese school of painting, exploring the potential of color through brightness and intensity.The work of the Siena Art Institute’s Greek resident artists is co-sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. 

 

Fotis FLEVOTOMOS - Fulbright Research Artist (NYPL, New York, 2012-13)
Fotis is an artist, who designs multisensory narratives that intend to make museum collections accessible to people with impaired eyesight or blindness, but also to give an alternative experience of these collections to a broader audience. Fotis went with an artist’s scholarship to New York Public Library. His research there has created long lasting relationships and the beginning of a number of realized projects in his field.

 

Mani Through the Senses, Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor House, Benaki Museum, Greece 2021
Mani Through the Senses is a three-hour "walkshop" with short performance pieces and hands-on interactions inspired by Fermor's travel writing and the natural/cultural landscape of the Mani region in Greece. During the walkshop, a group of sighted and partially sighted members from the local community were given prompts that focused on sensory observation, creative writing and story telling. At the end of the walkshop participants had a chance to share unique insights from their collectIve journey and reflect on their distinct forms of embodied knowledge. Fotis Flevotomos’s research in multisensory practices for 2021 was made possible by a grant from the Greek Ministry of Culture.

 

Sensory Garden, National Garden of Athens, Greece, 2016
Sensory Garden is a walking project focusing on the textural and olfactory qualities of selected plants in the National Garden of Athens. Prior to the walk, blind and partially sighted visitors participated in a session of mild body work that awakened their senses and helped them to connect with the surrounding landscape.