The Protagonists

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Deus Ex Machina, Installation view, 2012 © Courtesy of the artist & Overgarden Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen
The Protagonists

16 Narrow Quay
Bristol BS1 4QA
United Kingdom
July 20th, 2013 - September 15th, 2013
Opening: July 20th, 2013 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

United Kingdom
0117 917 2300
Bank Holiday Mondays, Tue-Sun 11-6


The artist often takes public monuments, such as equestrian sculptures on public squares, as his starting point – objects that represent part of the collective memory, but also form the everyday experience of a city. These sculptures become protagonists of Sapountzis’ own performances and sculptural works. Developed in collaboration with local actors and groups, including Young Arnolfini, his works explore the symbolic energy and presence of these monuments, and involve them in theatrical actions and temporary installations. The exhibition will include a series of works that result from these outdoor productions.

The gallery space becomes a space between theatre and reality - with visitors as its protagonists. With simple materials, such as fabric in bright primary colours and metal sheets and tubes, the artist constructs large-scale installations, fabricated with collaborators working alongside the artist. Referencing public sculptures symbolically, as well as literally with casts and images, the exhibition will create a different idea of public space and of our body’s relationship to the space.

The exhibition will include sound works produced in collaboration with the Norwegian musician Øyvind Torvund. During the opening weekend, a series of concerts with Torvund and others will take place in the galleries.