Zafos Xagoraris (Athens, 1963) has studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Alexander S. Onassis Foundation scholarship. His Ph.D. was about the construction of miracles by Hero of Alexandria (Department of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens).
He has presented various solo exhibitions and his work consists of drawings, obstructing devices of visual or other signals as well as public installations of sound amplification mechanisms.
He has participated in exhibitions such as: documenta 14, Kassel and Athens, 2017, Politiche della Natura, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara, 2016, 4th Athens Biennial, 2013, Sotto Quale Cielo, Museo Riso, Palermo, 2011, ETICO_F, Termini Imerese, 2010, Manifesta 7, Rovereto, 2008, 1st Bienal Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, 2007, 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, 2007 and the 27th Sao Paulo Bienal, 2006.
He co-curated the Greek Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of architecture (2004) and the 2nd Athens Biennial (2009).
He recently presented the outdoor installations: “Downhill Classroom”, Benaki Museum, Athens, 2015 and “The Performance”, NEON city project, Athens, 2016.
Xagoraris is currently teaching at the Athens School of Fine Arts and has taught at the University of Patras and Sassari. He was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University, NY, (Fulbright Scholar, 2004) and invited to present his work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, D’Annunzio University, Pescara, IUAV, Venice, Academy of Fine Arts, Palermo, School of Visual Arts, NY, University of Michigan, and many others.
Books about his work have been published by Patakis Publishers, “The Arrow and the Eye”, Athens, 2002, “Amps”, Athens, 2006, the Athens National Museum of Contemporary Art, EMST, “Three Bells”, Athens, 2003, Postmedia Books, “Silencers and Amplifiers” (edited by Massimiliano Scuderi) Milan, 2009, “Zafos Xagoraris - The Performance” (edited by Katerina Gregos and designed by Speculoos) NEON, Brussels, 2017 and, as part of his participation in documenta 14, “The Niche” (designed by VIER5, 2017)