Life Cinematic offers a deep dive into the work of filmmaker Menelaos Karamaghiolis, which spans feature film, documentary, artist film, installation and radio-movies.
Featuring works from the 1980s to today, Life Cinematic is an immersive film lecture by Karamaghiolis that traces extraordinary stories and the lives of unsung heroes, as well as the thresholds between documentary and fiction, and between real life and cinema.
Followed by a conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine.
Presented in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni.
Supported by Rodeo, London/Piraeus.
- Artist Bio
Menelaos Karamaghiolis is a filmmaker who works in Athens, producing feature films, documentaries, artist films, installations and radio-movies which star real-life neglected heroes and transcend frontiers and stereotypes to serve as an essential tool for dialogue and social change. His films have been screened globally and won many awards internationally: Karamaghiolis’ feature documentary ROM (1989) was called “a turning point for Greek documentary films” and “a masterpiece that must become a classic of the history of cinema.” His fiction film BLACK OUT (p.s. RED OUT) (1998) was hailed as “the first post-modern Greek film” while J.A.C.E. – Just Another Confused Elephant (2012) was included in 52 international festivals and received eleven awards.
Karamaghiolis pioneered the first Greek interactive documentaries, MEETING WITH REMARKABLE PEOPLE (12 feature films, 180 short films). He is the founder of Døcumatism, a group of artists, educators, researchers, and filmmakers who aim to find solutions and raise awareness about crucial social issues through the power of cinematography. Døcumatism is based in the neighbourhood of Kypseli in Athens, a formerly upper-class neighbourhood that has been home to migrant communities for the past twenty years. The artistic initiatives taken by Døcumatism have transformed this neighbourhood into an experimental cultural hotspot. Karamaghiolis is currently working on film installations and live events for the ongoing collective community projects the AfroGreeks and Greekies. His work has been shown at international institutions such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, the Venice Biennale, Rodeo, Haus N Athen, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, among others.