Disco Coppertone




Mario Garcia Torres, What Doesn't Kill you Makes you Stronger, 2007, courtesy of the artist
Nikos Alexiou, Angel Rolling up the Heavens, installation view, 2007, courtesy the artist
Olaf Nicolai, Rainbow posters, installation view, 2007, courtesy the artist & Eigen & Art, Berlin
Ian Kiaer, Installation view, 2007 courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery and the artist
Aleksandra Mir, Gentlemen, T-shirt and mug designs, courtesy the artist
Christodoulos Panayiotou, To be Willing to March into Hell for a Heavenly Cause, 2007
Christodoulos Panayiotou, To be Willing to March into Hell for a Heavenly Cause, 2007
Christodoulos Panayiotou, To be Willing to March into Hell for a Heavenly Cause, 2007


Nikos Alexiou, Carolina Caycedo, Mario Garcia Torres, Ian Kiaer, Aleksandra Mir, Olaf Nicolai, Christodoulos Panayiotou

Curated by:

Maria-Thalia Carras & Sofia Tournikioti


Megaron OLP, Piraeus



Disco Coppertone: beach bars, sand in your ears, cicadas, the taste of salt on your skin, a good long siesta, a stroll through a sunlit museum, a trip by sea watching a port appear slowly in the horizon, a different sense of time. The associations are endless as most people reminisce their holidays or hope once again to break away from their daily routine, to come closer to nature and to take time off.

Tourism is a booming industry, providing a setting for people to live out their fantasies and escape. In reality it provides little in terms of a break from the norm, simply allowing people to consume and purchase another life style for a few days a year. Holiday destinations and indeed whole countries re-brand themselves in a saturated and competitive economy.

Tourism is no longer necessarily about difference but instead a provider of the same, albeit with a slightly altered flavor. Hotel complexes and indeed whole cities are born, taking over more and more space, serving up what is desired rather than providing what already exists. Brochures and holiday planners direct your vision of what is worth seeing. Tourists’ insatiable gazes consume places and people, leaving behind a series of snap shots of flattened experiences. Nature is no longer left as it is – instead it is framed and contextualized within the preconceptions of a given culture, often to the sound of happy music.

locus athens invited seven artists to explore with their projects both the nostalgia and ephemeral pleasures of holidays as well as the utopian basis but also cynical strategies of the tourist industry.

Their projects work in tandem with the exhibition space, the cruise ship departure lounge in Piraeus in the port of Athens, accompanying visitors on their way to their holiday destinations and on their trip on the Aegean sea.