Yiannis Pappas is a Berlin based artist. Throughout Pappas’ work runs a deep fascination for the relation between space and the human body in natural and urban environments. His visual language is rich and varied, encompassing multiple forms of expression, such as video work, photography, performative, installative and interventionist practices, all of which bear the signs of Pappas’ anthropological and phenomenological approach toward his subjects. Underscored by a critical interest in space, as sites of physical and symbolic enactment, his artistic work and research explores how different places are sustained collectively and individually throughout history.

Yiannis Pappas born in Patmos 1978 Greece, lives and works in Berlin.


2010-2013: Master of Art, Space Strategies, Academy of Arts-Weißensee, Berlin
2008-2009: University of Art, C. Möbus class, Berlin
2004-2008: School of fine Arts, sculpture’s class A’ and Arts Education, Athens
2001-2002: State Institute of Professional Training, Conservation of works of Arts, Athens.
1995-1997: State Technical Institute of Conservation of works of Arts, Athens.

Grants and Scholarships

Triton d’or Art Contest, Paris 2015
Academy of Athens scholarship, 2011-2013
International Scholarship Foundation, First Sculptor’s Grant 2010-2011
Goethe Institute residency “The Low of the Market” Berlin – Bangalore, India 2011
DAAD,residency-workshop “Urban Transformations” HCU University, Hamburg-Cairo 2012
Erasmus scholarship at the University of Arts, UdK Berlin 2008-2009


Selected Exhibitions



“From Da to Da” Zurich Meets London + ICR, Central Saint Martins,
Underdog Gallery Hoxton Arches, London
“From Nothing to Nowhere” Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
“AS ONE” MAI and NEON, Benaki Museum, Athens
“Transmission” Karlsruhe-Athens, Athens Biennale
“Fortress” UAMO Festival, Munich


FIVC, Festival International Videodanza, Chile
Codec Festival, Mexico City
“2.Berliner Herbstsalon” Gorki Theater, Berlin
“Sichtung Insel #1” Piano Alto, Art Space, Berlin
“Tribute to Unknown” L’Espace Segur, Paris
“Luminus flux” Ermoupolis, Syros island, Greece
“39qm Neuland” Spree river of Berlin
“Democratic Identities” Center for Arts and Urbanistics, ZkU Berlin
“Ritornello” Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center, Cairo
“Loose performance” Sophien-Saele, 100˙ Festival, Berlin


“ME, ME, MIRROR” Ha’Riviera Gallery, Bat-Yam, Israel
“Mind the gabs” Video Art Festival Miden – Kalamata’s historical center, Greece
“Motion-Less” Unlike exhibition, Gallery Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo, Norway
“Labourism” Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin
“Blue Monday Exhibition” Senatsreservenspeichern, Berlin


“7 Locomotion” Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin
“wir kommen alle” Art Squat – Torstraße 85, Berlin
“Festival Transart” Castel Canda, Italy
“Spring and Sources” Andros Island, Greece
“Crossing Borders Film Festival’ Meropion Foundation, Acropolis Greece
“Spatial Ataraxia” solo exhibition at monument of Refo-Church, Berlin
“Titanium” Team Titanic gallery, Berlin


“7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art” Artwiki contribution, KW Berlin
“Zooart 2012“ Cuneo, Italy
“Das Gesetz des Marktes“ Freies Museum Berlin
“Die Kunst nicht dermaßen regiert zu werden” HAU3, Berlin


“The Law Of The Market” Goethe Institute, Bangalore, India
“Hans hat Gluck” Castle Gandegg, Sudtirol, Italy
“La Belle Alliance” Mehringplatz, Berlin
“Heavy Metall” Plattform Festival – Wilhelmshaven, Germany


“Drawing in Sculptures” Kappatos Gallery, Athens
“Pais” Chora-Patmos Island, Greece
“Surprise II” Technopolis, Athens


“Forgive our Trespasses” solo exhibition, ASFA Factory, Athens
”Sculptures” Modern Greek Art Museum, Rhodes island, Greece
”Rundgang“ UdK, Berlin
“Med I krv” Booze Cooperativa, Athens / Serbia
“Genius Loci” Kypseli Art Squat, Athens




2016: CNN, Marina Abramović on education, fame and dying, April 8
2016: Artforoum, Drama Club, Athens 04.01.16
2016: The New York Times, April 8
“Suffering for Art in Greece and Matching the National Mood”
2016: Bloomberg Television, 2:16 AM EEST April 23
2016: “As One” Commissioned by NEON + MAI
2016: 22.03 Artist Talk with Marina Abramović at Benaki Museum, Athens
2016: Wallpaper, 15 March, Performance Art has the Power to Change Lives
2016: ArtInfo, Jenuary 25 and March 02, Abramović names Greek Artists for NEON+MAI Projekt
2016: The Calvet Journal, Test of time: Abramović on the transformational power of performance art
2015: “The City Ghettos of Today” funded by Europian Commission
2014: Exantas Magazine-Zeitschrift, June Heft Nr. 20, (p. 40-45)
2014: “ALTRIBUNE” online magazine, 2 February, Italy
2013: “Urban Transformation” University of Neighbourhoods, Hamburg-Cairo
2013: “Avgi” National Publication, Heft 558, 25 August 2013, p. 23
2013: “Transart13” DI CULTURA CONTEMPORANEA, p.9
2012: “The Law of the Market” Intersciplinary project of the Weißensee Academy of Arts Berlin and the Shristi School of fine Art, Design and technology, Bangalore, India
2012: “GENDANKENSTRICH” Finstral Gochsheim, Germany
ARTWIKI: http://artwiki.org/Yiannis_Pappas
2012: “Crises and Migration“, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Berlin. (Page 44-45)
2012: ZOOART, catalog, Cuneo, Italy
2011: “Wilhelmshavener Zeitung” Heft 84, 9 April 2011, cover page and p.10
2011: “ARTE” online magazine, 27 July, Portugal
2011: Múltipos de arte, online magazine, 17 July, Brazil
2007: Victoria & Albert Museum 23-25 May 2007 London. “Looking at the present and learning from the past”. Making the ephemerous being substantive. The role of the conservation in the sculptured costume collection of the Athens 2004 Olympics games opening ceremony.
2005: ICOM-CC Trienial meeting, Hague 12-16 Sept.2005. “ Textile Conservation in Greek Ministry of Culture. A case study of the conservation of costumes from the Ethnological & Historical Museum of Larissa.”
2004: ICOM-CC Interim meeting for textiles, leather and legislation. Poster -“Historic and Folk Art Museum of Milos Island, Athens 2004.