Dirtyworks defended as art form

Artists yesterday defended a sculptor arrested on Sunday for setting up a website that offered to grease palms in the public sector for a fee, arguing that the man was just engaging in a form of art. Police arrested Dimitris Fotiou, 34, after receiving numerous complaints from unsatisfied clients who had sent him their credit card details in hope of securing a public sector job, a plum university seat, or even legalizing their illegally built country homes. On his Internet website (, Fotiou advertised a list of similar services, with a price list of 500 to 2,000 euros. Police said the site received tens of thousands of visits, and argued that Fotiou, who was charged with criminal fraud, was in a position to have abused credit card data. But artists said the site was a work of «Net art.» Lina Theodorou, who once staged a similar stunt offering to sell human beings and their organs – which was exhibited at the National Museum of Contemporary Art – conceded that Fotiou ought to have consulted a lawyer first, but added, «Police and the media have no right to define what is and what is not art.»

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.