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3 137 is an artist run space based in Athens, founded by Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Kosmas Nikolaou and Paky Vlassopoulou, in February 2012. The artists’ initiative aims to create a meeting point for exchange and discussion. Its projects place emphasis on collaboration, institutional critique and hospitality. 3 137 has presented exhibitions, one-off projects like performances, talks and workshops, as well as community and research based projects in collaboration with art professionals, scientists and friends. 3 137’s expanding program is a collective and collaborative practice of its founding members and aims to experiment and propose hybrid forms of being together.
Since its establishment, it has collaborated with more than 200 artists, curators, collectives and institutions. Over recent years, the program has focused on long lasting community, research and discursive projects. Temporary community radio projects have been realised in Athens (2014, 2020) and in Dubai (2019). A parallel activity of 3 137 is the establishment of an immaterial institution called GABRIELA and a self publishing project. GABRIELA deals with issues of sustainability, labor and institutionalisation questioning the role of artists' initiatives. Polar Bear, an ad hoc publishing house, commissions new artists’ books and presents exhibitions once in a while.
Paky Vlassopoulou was born in 1985 in Athens. She studied Fine Art in a rainy city surrounded by mountains. That was the point when she met the other two members of 3 137, but she never imagined that they would have a that close cooperation. Her practice comes from her weakness on remembering names, terms and dates. Her dream about her studio/ 3 137 is to be a reference point for people and artists that don't consider everything as a firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrysanthi Koumianaki was born in 1985 in Heraklion Crete. She is 1/3 of 3 137. She is an artist as the other 2/3 of 3 137. She had been for long periods of time more or less, in Ioannina, Athens and London and she ended up in Athens, which looks to her as the most familiar and interesting place to be at the time. The body of her practice is about space and experience, memory and recounting them.
She believes cooperating and coexisting with other artists, is interesting for her work as well as creating discourse with the art scene and the public sphere. This is how she became part of this studio with those particular artists, trying to exchange ideas and communicate with other people outside the studio and wills to create a bigger and more substantial dialogue.
I was born at Lycabetus, Athens in 1984 which makes me inevitably older than the other two member of 3 137. I studied Fine Art without realizing that it interests me more than other everyday things. Though, I continued studying Architecture in order to feel sure about my decision and realized that their combination interests me most. My practice borrows elements from architecture and other sciences. I sometimes realize that city and architecture show up some stories that I want to deal with. I combine them with historical facts, documents and personal experiences in order to highlight my perspective on public history. My need for cooperation and team building has also made me curate some exhibitions.
Cohabitation and collaboration at 3 137 is vital for me and I believe that I wouldn't work and succeed my interests in other conditions. I wish to listen to my collaborators with the same interest and expectation as time goes by, as that makes me stronger and wiser to create. At the same time, I wish that 3 137 will be a source of inspiration and creativity for those who have the will to follow it.