Based in Athens, Greece, brothers Lakis & Aris Ionas known as The Callas produce music, films, artworks, magazines, events, and art shows. Through a DIY aesthetic they fuse traditional Greek elements such as architecture, costumes, myths and embroidery with elements from the punk rock culture. For their show at Kustera Projects, they will exhibit a new series of embroideries set as a backdrop for their psychedelic live performance scheduled during the opening reception.
Previous exhibitions include Documenta 14 (Athens – Kassel), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Family Business (NYC), DESTE Foundation (Athens), Athens Biennial (Athens), Andreas Melas Gallery (Athens), Yinka Shonibare Space (London), The Breeder Gallery (Athens), and ATOPOS cvc (Athens), to name a few.
In 2013, they completed their first feature film “Lustlands” (HAOS film) and in December 2016, premiered their new film “The Great Eastern” which was included in this year’s Documenta in Athens. They co-wrote the soundtrack of the film with Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) and are currently working with him on a new album “Trouble & Desire” (Dirty Water Records USA) and a live performance. Their latest two albums, “Am I Vertical?” and “Half Kiss, Half Pain”, were produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Lydia Lunch, The Cramps).
The Callas have performed live in churches, galleries, flats, museums, boats, mountains, toilets, Liverpool Psyche Festival (Liverpool UK), The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK), Indigenes Festival (France), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, DE) and with bands/artists such as Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall and Grinderman.
For the past 10 years, Lakis & Aris Ionas / The Callas have been publishing magazines for the Athenian (Greece) underground music/ art/ film scene such as Velvet Magazine and Lust Magazine. Their studio is one of the most active cultural spaces in Athens. Going by the name Velvet Room, they organize art shows combined with music gigs and DJ sets involving some of the best new bands and artists in Athens today.