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Witt Artist in Residence: Zafos Xagoraris

The Stamps School is proud to announce our 2017-18 Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence: Zafos Xagoraris.

An internationally recognized artist, Xagoraris has created audio-based work in public spaces in Munich, Germany; Brooklyn, NY; Anacapri, Rovereto, Palermo and Pescara, Italy; and Athens and Patra, Greece.

Zafos Xagoraris, "Downhill Bed", object and action during the group exhibition Politiche della Natura, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara, 2016

For his Roman J. Witt Residency, Xagoraris will host workshops for Stamps School students to design and build simple audio devices — and develop research-based messages to broadcast to the local community. Stamps students will work with Xagoraris to lead workshops in local K-12 schools, helping public school children grasp the technical aspects of the equipment and the power in thoughtful, well-researched messaging. Finally, Stamps students and community members will participate in collaborative outdoor public performance moments in the city of Ann Arbor.

Zafos Xagoraris, "Tide Bell", outdoor installation, 1st Bienal Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, 2007

Zafos Xagoraris was born in 1963 in Athens, Greece, where he continues to live and work. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, the National Technical University of Athens and at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Xagoraris has exhibited his work internationally; group exhibitions include: 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo (2006), Manifesta 7, Rovereto (2008), 4th Athens Biennale (2013) and documenta 14 (2017)

Zafos Xagoraris, "The Distance from the Center", action with the participation of students of the Sassari University, Nuoro, 2011

“Zafos Xagoraris exemplifies the positive impact creative practitioners can have when they work with the citizens of their communities,” says Chrisstina Hamilton, Director of Visitors’ Programs for the Stamps School. “Stamps students and the city of Ann Arbor will benefit from his collaborative, research-based, community-focused approach.”

For more information about Zafos Xagoraris, visit: http://www.zafosxagoraris.net