Christos Paridis is a journalist/writer based in Athens, Greece. He studied theater and cinema at Bard College in upstate New York. Since 1990 he has been contributing in a number of periodicals writing mainly in his native Greek about theater, cinema, the arts, literature as well as sociopolitical issues of contemporary Greece. His interviews with prominent artists are included in a variety of publications. His involvement in the world of theater includes the translation of plays and contributions to screenplays. He is the artistic director of "black box" of the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens.
“If you live in the past, if you can’t escape, then you cannot build a new house, a new future.” Christos Paridis talks with Jonas Mekas about memory, trauma, and the afterlife, about the war years in Lithuania and the 1960’s in New York, and about cinema.
The 6th Athens Biennale expressed the need for an urgent new self-identification of the confused contemporary community, either in local or in international terms - an urgent need of a new “revolution” that would define the 21st century. Christos Paridis writes about the exhibition, which he describes as an adult playground for those who are seeking questions or answers to present and future nightmares.
In an age of great geopolitical stress, heightened nationalist sentiments and ethnic strife, and forced migrations, Christos Paridis visits the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and returns with thoughts about the search for a new home.
A message from Europe’s past that resonates in Europe’s present makes a powerful opening political statement of documenta 14. Christos Paridis visits the world-famous exhibition and finds the decision to open it this year in Athens before Kassel more than just a colonial project of the German art scene.
How should the Athens Biennale be shaped when everything in Greece is in flux? Christos Paridis on the fifth and the sixth Athens Biennales - a 2-year artistic-political-social project.