Workshop by Yinka Ilori: The Art of Storytelling through Chairs

GROUP 1: Fri 30/7 - Sun 1/8 Applications period has ended.
GROUP 2: Mon 2/8 - Wed 4/8 Applications period has ended.

If chairs could talk, what would they say? The 7th Athens Biennale ECLIPSE invites you to join artist and designer Yinka Ilori for the 3-day hands-on chair upcycling workshop The Art of Storytelling through Chairs inspired by traditional Nigerian parables and African Ankara fabrics.

Yinka Ilori is one of the most acclaimed young designers and multidisciplinary artists. His work draws on both his London upbringing and Nigerian heritage to tell stories through design, be it furniture, textiles or architecture. Humorous, provocative and fun, every project that he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal tradition into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori's work touches on various global themes that resonate with different audiences all over the world.

In the workshop, the artist will introduce his work and the history of Dutch wax prints and will be guiding the participants to re-design a second-hand chair using Dutch wax fabrics, vivid paint and various patterns. In parallel, inspired by traditional Nigerian music playing in the background during the workshop, the participants will share thought-provoking stories. On the last day, the chairs will be exhibited together and the participants will discuss their designs and their stories.

Group 1: 30/07-01/08, 11:00 - 17:00
Group 2: 02/08-04/08, 11:00 - 17:00
Groups 1 & 2: 05/08, "Meet & Mingle Day", 11:00 - 17:00
Workshop Venue: Machine-works, Technopolis City of Athens (100 Piraeus Str., Gazi)

The workshop will be conducted in English.
Free participation-limited participants capacity.

Please note that in accordance with public health guidelines, to participate in the workshop you have to demonstrate either of the following: (a) a Vaccine Certificate (b) a Negative 72-hour PCR test or 48-hour Rapid test Certificate (c) a Valid Disease Certificate.

The 7th Athens Biennale is co-financed by the Hellenic Republic and the European Union through the Regional Operational Programme of "Attica" in the framework of NSRF 2014-2020, performs under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the City of Athens and is realised in partnership with Onassis Culture. AB7: ECLIPSE is produced by the Athens Biennale.


Friday, July 30, 2021 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 5, 2021


Technopolis City of Athens (Machine-works)
Pireos str. 100
118 54 Gazi

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