Menelas

Hi, I am Menelas founder and curator for the exhibition series Civil Disobedience. I am gonna use this space to introduce myself and showcase other exciting projects.

Me at 36 and it’s my favourite photo of me

I was born in Greece in 1974. At the age of 10 my parents bought me a KODAK instamatic camera and I took it very seriously… At 16 I borrowed my dad’s ‘good’ PENTAX camera for a trip to France… I never returned it.  I tried to stay an analogue faithful but surrendered to digital around 2003.

In 2012 I started making films. A friend of mine said I make art-installation films and I like that description. I haven’t formally studied directing but I love holding a camera. I am a sucker for Dogme style but I’ll add my name to the credits as director.

Since 2010 I have worked on creating gay media on YouTube channel gitv. In 2011, I started the exhibition series Civil Disobedience. In 2012, I created and co-founded the Queer Theatre Awards for Athens, Greece and we are still going.

Homo Made Films

The Good Kid -11″ (2012)-Outview Film Festival  watch on vimeo

The Naked  Truth -33″ (2012)- Outview Film Festival -unavailable online

Post-Orgasmic 12″-(2013)- watch on vimeo

The Raspberry Reich GR -9″ (2015)-link upon request

  • Civil Disobedience: Versions of Violence, Athens, Greece. January 2015 (with alternate ending)
  • Outview Film Festival ,Athens, Greece. May 2015
  • Unharmonious Perverted Festival, Volos, Greece. June 2015
  • Thessaloniki International LGBT-Q Film Festival, September 2015
  • Berlin Porn Film Festival, Germany. October 2015
  • FICGLB Barcelona International LGBTQI Film Festival, Spain. October 2015
  • Pink Screens International Film Festival Brussels, November 2015
  • Pop Porn Festival , Sao Paolo, Brazil, June 2016
  •  “Kwir: an Exhibition of Queer Identity Blackburn, UK, March 2018

 Scattered Thoughts of a Young Sex Worker -14″ (2016)-watch on vimeo

  • Outview Film Festival,  Athens, May 2016
  • Thessaloniki International LGBT-Q Film Festival, September 2016

Symposium: an athenian rawmance-24″ (2017)-link upon request-Click for trailer

  • HE2017, Last Projects Gallery, Los Angeles. April 2017
  • Berlin Porn Film Festival, Germany. October 2017
  • Asterisco Film Festival, November 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Winter Wonder World – Queer edition- Cinema Queer- Sweden, December 2017
  • Porn Film Festival Viena, 2nd of March 2018, Vienna
  •  Outview Film Festival, 22nd April 2018, Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens-7″ (2018)-Click for trailer

  • International Queer Film Festival Hamburg,  October 20th, 2018
  • Berlin Porn Film Festival, Germany, October, 2018
  • Queersicht Film Festival, Bern Switzerland, November 10th, 2018

Other Filmography

Unos Cuantos Piquetitos (2015) – watch on vimeo

  • CHOUFTOUHONNA, Festival International d’Art Féministe de Tunis

Videography

Photography

  •  Dec 1995 “A little photography exhibition” P.Psihico Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece.
  • Feb 1996 “ The summer is here”, Insomnia café, Glasgow. UK
  • Oct 1998 “Portrait of a lady” GFT-Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, UK.
  • Oct 1999 “Inside the tube” (photography and poetry exhibition-major contributor and co-curator) Gillmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Oct-Nov 2000 “ Dialogues between Flesh and Stone” Tron Theatre Foyer, photography and poetry, (major contributor and co-curator), Glasgow, UK.
  • June 2001 “White Nudes” LGBT Centre, Glasgow, UK.
  • March 2003 “Boys in the City” Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow, UK.
  • July 2004 “Boys in the City: Highlights” The Arches, Glasgow, UK.
  • November 2005 “Shirley’s Temple”, Tron Theatre, Glasgow, UK.
  • November 2006 “Iliac/Ilium”, Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow, UK.
  • February-March 2010 “Μαρτης #01074”, Greek Taverna, Το Βραστό, Χαλάνδρι, Athens
  • June 2011 “Civil Disobedience: youth revolt” (founder, contributor and  co-curator) Booze Cooperativa, Athens
  • May-June 2012 “Civil Disobedience: Gender Identity” (co-curator and contributor) Vault Theatre Plus, Athens.
  • May-June 2013 “Civil Disobedience: Nuclear Family” (co-curator and contributor) Vault Theatre Plus, Athens.
  • Jan 2015 “Civil Disobedience: Version of Violence” (co-curator and contributor) Vault Theatre Plus, Athens.
  • May 2014 “The Raspberry Reich GR”, Greek Film Archives, as  part of the Outview Film Festival.
  • Nov 2016 “Civil Disobedience: Poetry and Porn” (curator and contributor), Heroes Cafe Bar, Athens, Greece.
  • April 2017 “HE2017”, Group exhibition, Last Projects Gallery, Los Angeles
  • August 2017 “Ikarian People”, Carte Postale Cafe, Ikaria, Greece.
  • November 2017 “Civil Disobedience: Neon vs. Nature” (curator and contributor), ΡΟΜΑΝΤΣΟ, Athens, Greece.
  • March-April 2018 “Kwir: an Exhibition of Queer Identity (Group Exhibition) at The Bureau – Centre for the Arts and The Chapel Galleries  , Blackburn, UK.

Publications

  • Something to Say: A Scottish LGBT Anthology 2000 Poems and photos. (photos pages: 21, 31)
  • Into The New 2003 Brochure for Contemporary Theatre Practice Show of RSAMD (photo for Stenope, p13)
  • Pride Scotia (event brochure) 2004, (photos pages: 8,10)
  • Hidden City, 2006. ISBN: 0-9547040-2-9. (front page image and p2,4,22, 28)
  • Ελευθερία Αρβανιτάκη, Πρόσωπο με Πρόσωπο (Live στο Stage) CD/DVD 2010, Selection of  photos used in the booklet.

Online

Interviews

SOCIAL MEDIA

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OTHER STUFF

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