POLYECO CONTEMPORARY ART INITIATIVE IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHICH PRIMARILY AIMS AT RAISING ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS THROUGH A UNIQUE ART PROGRAM INSPIRED BY THE CRUCIAL ISSUE OF WASTE MANAGEMENT
It was founded in 2014 by Polyeco S.A. Vice President Athanasios Polychronopoulos as a result of his genuine belief that art is the best tool to stimulate dialogue about critical environmental issues. The transition to moving image in the last decades as a dominant expressive medium is the main reason for PCAI’s primary focus on video and film.
PCAI implements its objectives though three areas of activity, its Art Collection, its Projects and its Support.
The Collection is based on special commissions and acquisitions of moving image and contemporary art. During commissions PCAI provides mid-career and emerging artists with the means and resources to create an artwork inspired by urgent environmental issues in their broader relation to current sociocultural, economic, philosophical concerns.
Artists may draw inspiration from the waste management sites and facilities, the countries, the workforce and the people involved in the waste management process in a free and innovative way. They can investigate waste sources and itineraries; they can research the external factors and taboos that affect our perception of waste.
The Projects are all the activities and events (special commissions, exhibitions, publications, educational programs and workshops) organized by PCAI around its growing commissioned-based Collection.
Support refers to our engagement with other initiatives and individuals that share the same vision and concerns.
Since September 2018 PCAI is a member of the International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art IACCCA and was awarded during the Corporate Art Awards 2018.
PCAI has supported, collaborated or been connected with various international festivals and organisations including:
Aisxylia Festival Eleusis
Art Athina International Art Fair
Athens Concert Hall
Athens International Airport
Athens International Film Festival
Benaki Museum Athens
Berlinale International Film Festival
Climate Change Conference Athens
Climate Story Lab UK
Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki (CACT)
Corporate Art Awards
Design Overview In Tirana (DOIT)
European Independent Film Festival Paris
Festival du Nouveau Cinema of Montreal
Glasgow Short Film Festival
Greek Company of Environment and Culture
Greek Ministry of Education
State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki
House of Cyprus (Cultural Centre of the Cyprian Embassy)
Institut Français de Grèce
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art(IACCCA)
International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)
Kino der Kunst International Festival Munich
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
Kunsthalle zu Kiel
Municipality Theatre of Piraeus
National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST)
Panorama of Ecological Films
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Rotterdam Film Festival
Sea Days Piraeus (European Maritime Day)
Syros International Film Festival (SIFF)
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stegi Onassis Foundation
Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF)
Thessaloniki Port Authority SA
Triple COPs Geneva
PCAI has collaborated with a number of international artists since its establishment in 2014 including:
Andrew Norman Wilson
Navine G. Khan Dossos
Saskia Olde Wolbers