Saturday, 2 February 2013


Paola, an exhibition of Paola Revenioti‘s  photοgraphic, magazine and video archive curated and designed by Andreas Angelidakis

erotic exhibition machine showing vintage copies of Kraximo the magazine done by Paola

Kraximo, the gay anarchist journal published by Paola

and Paola's videos in the basement

by Andreas Angelidakis

Through the miracle of facebook
I rediscovered one of my teenage heroes
transvestive activist and publisher Paola Revenioti
her magazine Kraximo (fagbashing) one was of the reasons I would skip school 
and head to downtown Athens
its pages were full of hot guys and clever poets
Paola took most of the photos herself
they were her lovers
and friends
the magazine was a total mystery
it was a cross between an anarchist newspaper and a porn magazine, 
slashed together with a poetry and photography journal
published out of the anarchist neighborhood of Exarchia
it was full of police brutality reports against gays and trannies
hot guys lazily lounging
downtown legends like the cross dressing Andona (female for Andonis)
pics of bad hot cops
fellow Exarchia anarchists and punks
When I first contacted Paola, who is still super active, though only online
on facebook and youtube
where together with George Liakos she uploads documentaries on trannies, immigrants, male prostitutes and often antiquity.
I proposed a feature in the fabulous CANDY magazine, and thats how we met
Her combination of interests and activities is what I understand today as a contemporary art practice
visiting with Paola I realized she maintained a fantastic archive both of the magazine and her own photography.
and I suggested we work on an exhibition of her photos
and videos (which we spliced together)
at The Breeder
the show runs until Feb 16th
on January 30 we will have a discussion with Paola on the show and her current and future activities
where sexy boys sit together with aging queens
and unexpected visitors.

press release:
PAOLA curated by Andreas Angelidakis
The Breeder
17th Jan- 16th Feb. 2013

The Breeder is pleased to present Paola Revenioti‘s first solo exhibition. Her photοgraphic and video archive will be presented in an installation designed and curated by artist and architect Andreas Angelidakis.

Paola’s photographic archive includes portraits that are a cross between Walter Pfeiffer and Larry Clark: boys looking dreamy, sleepy, rough. The resulting images range from romantic to pornographic. They are organized on a series of metal shelves, as a haphazard accumulation of framed family photos. Some photos stand properly on the shelves, others have fallen flat, glued together they represent a family of fictional relations. Paolas’ lovers occupy the same space as interview subjects from her magazine, friends having fun on the street or scenes from LGBT protests in downtown Athens. Moving around the room, some lights come on as others are switched off, casting shadows on the walls, casting light on other unseen parts. The archive walks a fine line between a personal record and a public documentary of the city of Athens and its evolution over the 30 years.

The videos that are screened on the ground floor of the gallery were made particularly for the exhibition. They are a remix from Paola’s photos and uploads on youtube and combine incidences from night encounters, little chats with her transexual friends and images of the Athenian underworld.

A trailblazing pioneer of gay and trans rights, Paola Revenioti is an activist and a prostitute. Recently she is occupied with a series of youtube documentaries that she films with George Liakos “The Paola Project” ( The sum of her activities is what we understand today as the practice of a contemporary artist. But in the early 80′s, when she began publishing her groundbreaking trans-anarchist fanzine “Kraximo”: interviewing Felix Guattari next to the nightly accounts of a street hustler, that was just unheard of. The maga-paper, as she used to call her “revolutionary homosexual expression”-zine, was funded by her own prostitution as well as by random donations from Greek intelligentsia. The name of the publication is controversial on its own, Kraximo is the Greek term for gay bashing. On the cover of the pink newsprint (think BUTT, only 30 years prior) she proclaimed that “every occupation geared towards profit is prostitution” and signing off as “Publisher, the transvestite prostitute Paola”. Working the avenues at night, she also financed the first gay pride events in the Athens of the early 90’s.

photos courtesy Andreas Angelidakis and the Breeder

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