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DIMITRI XENAKIS was born in 1964, in Levallois Perret (France).
He actually lives near Paris, in a former factory, transformed in to
a loft and studio.
He is at the same time a site-specific artist, a sculptor and a
photographer.
His work is deeply involved in the natural and urban landscapes.
Dimitri designs open-air and environmental installations, gardens,
light-installations. He uses both natural and synthetic materials
and regularly collaborates with the artist and light designer
Maro Avrabou.

Dimitri Xenakis portrait
     


"Our European landscapes are the result of a long standing collaboration between man and nature.
They have been shaped in this way since a distant past.
The "environment" is a concept that belongs to nobody in particular, but defines a wealth of organic,
historic and social elements.
My work aims to interrogate the land, to analyse it and to observe it from a new viewpoint.
I like to work in places with no artistic role, with a vision that is poetic, analytical and utopian.
When I discover a place, I ask myself a simple question: What is this place? What am I observing?
I also ask myself: What processes have led to the creation of this place? What series of actions is it
a result of?
I am interested in its morphology, it's vegetation, its light, its form, its social use. I listen to the information
I'm given and sometimes I stop passers by and ask them questions. I choose from all these elements
the ones that will bring inspiration to the project.
Every project is unique." Dimitri Xenakis 2011.
Taken from "Paisea" international landscape architecture magazine n°18. Special issue: Art and landscape. Read more.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS



2016

-LIGHTS IN JERUSALEM Festival. Israël.
-Public commission: City of Puteaux,. France.

2015

-DELIGHTS FESTIVAL
at Shenzhen. Shenzhen. China.
-DELIGHTS TaiKoo Li Light Festival 2014. Beïjing, China.

2014--
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-SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL.
National Heritage Museum. Singapore.
-FESTIVAL I LIGHT MARINA BAY. Singapore.
-A CIEL OUVERT. Biennale . France.
-SVELOBNA GVERILLA.
Light Festival 2014. Ljubljana. Slovenia.
-DELIGHTS TaiKoo Li Light Festival 2014.
Beïjing, China.
-GLOW EINDHOVEN FESTIVAL.
Eindhoven. Holland.

2013
-
-"L'ARBRE QUI NE MEURT JAMAIS".
Théâtre of Sablons. Neuilly sur Seine. France.
-CENTRE CULTUREL FRANCAIS D'IZMIR,
French Cultural Institute of Turkey. Izmir. Turkey.
-LIGHT IN JERUSALEM FESTIVAL. Jerusalem. Israël.
-LUMINA FESTIVAL DA LUZ.
Cascais. Portugal.
-FESTIVAL "LUMIERE" DURHAM.
Durham, United Kingdom.

2012

-FRENCH CULTURAL CENTER IN IZMIR.
Photo-Installations in the streets of Izmir.Izmir. Turkey.
-LAND ART BIENNIAL MONGOLIA . LAM 360° .Site specific artworks. Gobi desert. Mongolia.
-"JARDINS EN METAMORPHOSE " (Gardens in Metamorphosis). Site-specific installation. Thiais. France.
-FIRST VIRE RIVER BANKS FESTIVAL. Site-specific installation. Normandy, France.

2011

-GARDENING WORLD CUP. Garden design. Huis ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan.
-PUBLIC COMMISSION: Light Totem. Designing of a permanent light totem.Commissioned by
the City of Lyon. Lyon, France.
-PUBLIC COMMISSION. School of Poisy, Avrabou / Xenakis team preselected. France.
 
2010

-ARCHITECTURAL LIGHT DESIGN
Public commission. Lyon, France.
-GARDENING WORLD CUP. Designing of a garden. Huis ten Bosch, Nagasaki,Japan.
-MODERN ART MUSEUM OF SAO PAOLO. Designing of a garden. Brazil.
-5 SEASONS FESTIVAL. Designing of a garden. Chaudfontaine. Belgium.
-“CHEMINS D'EAU” EXHIBITION. Site-specific installation. Toulouse. France.


2009

-ARTS AND NATURE CENTER OF CHAUMONT SUR LOIRE.
Site-specific installation. France.
-MEREVILLE CASTLE'S PARK.
Site-specific installation in the18th century vegetable garden. France.
-SVETLOBNA GUERILLA.
Light installation in Ljubljana. Slovenia.
-GARDEN OF ARTS. Site-specific installation. Private park of Ar Milin, Britain. France.
-MANOR'S PARK. Site-specific installation. Cugnaux (Toulouse). France.

2008


-SINGAPORE GARDEN FESTIVAL. Designing of a garden in collaboration with Maro Avrabou . Singapore.  
-BIENNALE "LES ENVIRONNEMENTALES"
. Site-specific installation . Tecomah. Jouy en Josas.France..
-BIENNALE "PICS". (Peaks Biennale). Site-specific installation. Charleroi. Belgium.
-EPHEMERAL GARDENS FESTIVAL OF DIJON.
Design of a luminescent garden . Dijon.France..

2007

-ARBRES ET LUMIERES FESTIVAL.
Site-specific Light Installation, Rousseau Island. Geneva, Switzerland.
-NUIT BLANCHE.Site-specific light Installation in public space, Paris. France..

2006

-INTERNATIONAL GARDENS
FESTIVAL IN CHAUMONT SUR LOIRE. Designing of a garden. France.
-VISIONS: KAPPATOS GALLERY.
Installation in the Athens Imperial Hôtel. Greece.
-ESPACES POETIQUES
("Poetic spaces"). CASTLE OF JEHAY. Site-specific installation. Belgium.
-STREET GARDENS FESTIVAL OF LYON.
Designing of a garden.France..

2005

-CONTEMPORARY ART- CENTRE OF LUXEMBOURG BELGE.
Installation. Belgium.
-CONTEMPORARY ART- CENTRE IN CASTLE DU TREMBLAY.
Site-specific installation.(F).
-IMPREVUS AU JARDIN
("Unexpected in the garden"). Site-specific installation. (F).
-SUPERFLUX / TATOR
GALLERY.
Light-Installation in a car. Lyon. (F).
-DIALOGOS
GALLERY .
Sculptures.Cachan.(F).

2004

-GALLERY : « LA PLUS PETITE GALERIE DU MONDE OU PRESQUE »
. Sculptures and photography. (F)
-BURZYM AND WOLF GALLERY . Photography. Cracovie. (P).
-HEBDEN BRIDGE SCULPTURE TRAIL
. Site-specific installation. (UK).
-GARDEN FESTIVAL OF SAINT FRAIGNE
. Designing of a garden. (F).
-PARCOURS CROISES
. Site-specific installation . Normandie. ( F).                           

-DIALOGOS GALLER
Y. Sculptures. (F).


2002

-KUNST SOMMER. Site-specific work. Invited by „Gardens of senses“ at the Internationale Bau
Austellung (IBA). Fürstlich Drehna. (D)
-STELLAIRES. Private commission for photos : Company « Electropréci ». Paris. (F)
               

2001

-SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE OF METZ.
Commissioned site-specific work. Agricultural site. (F).
-WOOD, SPACE, ART.
Site specific work. Oosterhesselen. (NL)
-CITY OF ISSOUDUN. Public commission. Four permanent outdoors works. In collaboration with
Le  Conservatoire International des jardins de Chaumont. (F)

2000


-GARDENS OF SENSES. Site specific work. Natural site. Gehren. (D).
-LE VENT DES FORETS. Symposium. Site specific work. Natural site.(F)
-FORUM DES ARTS CONTEMPORAINS. Site-specific work. Urban site. Saint Lô. (F)
-INSTALLATION IN A MARKET BUILDING . Commissioned Site-specific work. Fontenay. Urban site. (F)

1999

-EPHEMERAL-ART SYMPOSIUM
. Site specific work. Natural site. Fontenay sous bois. (F)
-LES DECOUVERTES. In-doors Installation. Fontenay sous bois. (F)
-INTERSTICE . Site specific work. Industrial site. Montreuil. (F)

1998

-ARTE SELLA” INTERNATIONAL ART-IN NATURE MEETING. Site specific work. Natural site. Borgo     Valsugana. (I).
-SALON D’ARTS PLASTIQUES DE MARNE –LA- VALLEE. Sculptures and photography. (F).
-EPHEMERAL-ART SYMPOSIUM. Site specific work. Urban site. Fontenay sous bois. (F).

1997
-“GRANDES MANŒUVRES”. Site-specific work. Urban site. Montreuil. (F)
-MANIFESTATION À LA LUMIÈRE DES MOYENS DU BORD  Site-specific work. Urban site. Montreuil.(F)

1996

-SALON D’ARTS PLASTIQUES DE MARNE-LA-VALLEE. Sculptures. Marne la Vallée. (F).
-SALON JEUNE PEINTURE. Sculptures. Paris. (F).
-CINEMA GEORGES MELIES. Sculptures. Montreuil. (F)

1995

-ROBERT DESNOS LIBRARY
. Site specific work. Urban site. Montreuil. (F)
-“C’EST ARRIVE DEMAIN”. Sculptures. Bobigny. (F).
-"POINTS DE FUITE”. Site specific work. Montreuil. (F).
-"TRANS-SITES 02”. Site specific work. Montreuil. (F)
-“ESPACE HERAULT” GALLERY. Sculptures. Paris. (F).
-"TRANS-SITES 01” Site specific work.. Montreuil. (F).
-REGIONAL CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY ART. Sculptures and installations. Castle of Tremblay. (F).

1994

-“TANT DE LIEUX, TANT D’ART”
. Indoor installation. Montreuil. (F).
-SALON MAC 2000. Sculptures. Paris. (F).

1993

-ATELIER MEMOIRE.
Sculptures. Issy-les-Moulineaux. (F).

1992

-CASTLE OF GISORS. Sculptures / installation. Gisors. (F).
-ESPACE MEMOIRE GALLERY. Sculptures. Rouen. (F).

1991

-CASTLE OF TROISSEREUX. Sculptures. Troissereux. (F).
-A.S.C.A. Sculptures. Beauvais. (F).
-C.E.R.A.P.”UNIVERSITY PARIS-1. Panthéon-Sorbonne. Sculptures. Paris. (F).

1989

-GEORGES BERNANOS GALLERY. Paintings. Paris. (F)

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AS A CURATOR

“NATURES URBAINES”. 2002

Site specific event. Fontenay sous bois. (F)
Eight European artists invited.
Sponsors: Caisse des dépôts et Consignations ; Ministère de la ville, City of Fontenay,
Conseil Général du Val de Marne.

“TRANS-SITES 02”. 1995
Site-specific Event. Montreuil (F)
Three French artists, one sociologist, one biologist and an architect.
Sponsor: City of Montreuil

“TRANS-SITES 01”. 1994
Site-specific event. Montreuil. (F).
Three French artists, one sociologist.
Sponsor: City of Montreuil.