Atopos cvc was founded in 2003 by Vassilis Zidianakis and Stamos Fafalios and it is a non-profit, cultural organisation interested in the expression and adornment of the human body. The word ‘atopos’, from the ancient Greek “άτοπος”, refers to that which is the strange, the unwonted, the eccentric and the unclassifiable.
Part of the oeuvre of Atopos cvc is a number of international exhibitions and projects, such as the RRRIPP!! Paper Fashion and the ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion exhibitions, the NOT A TOY publication, in collaboration with Pictoplasma Publishing Berlin, the UNLOCKED book, the Atopic Bodies and the Slaves to Atopos projects and the Occupy Atopos Residency. Furthermore, Atopos cvc has collaborated with various organisations and institutions, such as Robert Wilson’s Watermill Centre, the ICOM (International Council of Museums), the Deste Fashion Collection, the Miyake Issey Foundation, the Archives Christian Dior, the Barbican International Enterprises, the Fondation Cartier pour L’Art Contemporain, the Musée d’ Orsay, NEON Organisation for Culture and Development and so on. Atopos cvc has also been collaborating with documenta 14 on the occasion of its artist-in-residence programme since September 2016.