Dimitris Polychroniadis (born 1975 in Thessaloniki, Greece) is an architect and award winning stage designer that lives and works in Athens, Greece. He has worked for a number of years in private architectural practices, obtaining a wide range of experience in design and construction. He has attended the Scenography workshop classes at the Athens School of Fine Arts during the academic season 2001 - 2002. As a stage designer he has worked for productions of the Greek National Theatre, The Greek National Opera, Athens & Epidaurus Festival and other presitigious theatre institutions, in collaboration with renowned Greek directors. During 2011 he started to make mixed media sculptures that strongly originate from his architectural and stage design backround.
Could the deconstructive forces of a crisis motivate self awareness, both individually and collectively? My need to comment on the dramatic events that have unravelled in Greece during the past four years, was the starting point for this body of work. Cross-fertilisation between different disciplines is also key. Originating from a backround of architecture and stage designing for theatre, models and maquettes have allways been a familiar language.
Weaving together elements of apparent heterogeneity, I make theatrical scenarios that are played out by figurines, in the form of mixed media diorama sculptures. Post-apocalyptic landscapes are dominated by brightly coloured billboards, while 'superheroes' of art history fuse with superheroes of contemporary pop culture. My work focuses on unfulfilled promises and hope. Political, social, and technological utopias, humorously merge with commonplaces from the world of advertising, popular music and religion.
Text acts as a focal point to many of these sculptures, enhanced by the use colour. Found objects, often play an important part as a surreal link to the real world, underlining the smallness of the figurines. Souvenir miniatures of the Parthenon, fake fruits and flowers, postcards, disused electrical appliances, are all remnants of a consumerist past and pose questions about an uncertain future.
BA in Architecture
Diploma in Architecture
MA in Urban Design