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Michalis Pitidis

Fine Arts & Architecture
Youth, citizenship & democracy

This project strand offers short residency opportunities in partner cities for 30 emerging artists. Each UEO city partner will send two artists on a residency to another partner’s city of a different art form, thereby seeking to enrich their professional practice through inter-disciplinary residencies. Artists are chosen on the basis of having demonstrated an interest in the hosting city’s Arts & Society contemporary European theme. They must also practice a different art form from that of the hosting city’s public event. The project offers the emerging artists the opportunity to travel without the pressure to produce work and ideally to experience UEO’s public events.

Michalis Pitidis travelled to Berlin

Athens’ second artist, Kosmos Nikolaou, travelled to Vilnius

Artists’ Statement

My work is centered around the fields of architecture and theater. I work as an actor, dramaturg, director, and architect. In the field of theater, my work is based on the research of reality through interviews, archives, personal narratives, literature, diaries and oral traditions. The themes have to do with public space and discourse. I’m interested in mixing the elements of research with fictional elements as well as personal narratives. Using space composition tools borrowed from architecture, my work is based on mixing reality, fiction and personal narratives in ways that aim for a new dramaturgy that can be staged.

Artists’ Biography

Michalis Pitidis was born in Thessaloniki. He studied at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Architecture, and at the Athens Conservatoire Drama School. He is active in the theater, film, and architecture industries. When it comes to the theater, he has worked with the directors Anestis Azas (“The Republic of Baklava” – Athens Epidaurus Festival – assistant to the director, dramaturg, writer), Prodromos Tsinikoris (“Utopia in Progress” – National Theater of Northern Greece / Junges Theater Konstanz – actor), Katerina Giannopoulou (“Paradise” – Onassis Stegi – actor; “The Just Assassins” – Municipal Theater of Piraeus – translator, actor), and Greg Liakopoulos (“A Spring Awakening” – Sfendoni Theater – actor).