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Video art Miden collaborates with Kinitiras @ Kinitiras
Nov 3 2018 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 30 2019 @ 11:45 pm

Video dance & video performance screening 

Video Art Miden collaborates with Kinitiras

 

 

 

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Video Art Miden collaborates with Kinitiras in a special video dance & video performance screening event curated by Margarita Stavraki. The presentation, including 4 programs from this year’s edition of Video Art Miden, will take place in Athens, 3 of November 2018, 20.00 pm at Kinitiras. Additionally, all programs will be screened in a special ongoing presentation at the entrance hall of Kinitiras until June 2019.

For fifteen years, Video Art Miden is constantly engaged  by collecting and promoting videodance & video performance works internationally, supporting the diversity of expressive media that artists and groups with different artistic, cultural, aesthetic origins and experiences, they use. Video Art Miden, despite its wide-ranging character in video art, has been recorded on the international cultural scene as one of the most independent and stable videodance & video performance platforms in the world.

 

Screening Event 3 November 2018 / Non Stop Screenings from November 2018 to June 2019

 

KROMA/Same As SisterBriana Brown-Tipley & Hilary Brown and Aitor Mendilibar_ Odd Jewels Beauty Under Mask[335]

 

Studio Screening  3 /11 /18

Move like me _ Video Dance & Video Performance selection

Curated by Margarita Stavraki      Duration: 43 min

A video selection where human bodies narrate as they move, are in love, compete, fight and vibrate.

  1. Christina Mertzani / free fall company, Aliki Chiotaki & Dimitris Barnias, 60 pulses, Greece 2016, 3.32
  2. Blas Payri, Ce monde inconnu de sensations, Spain & France 2018, 3.25
  3. Francesca Leoni & Davide Mastrangelo, Nowhere History, Italy 2017, 3.40
  4. Patricia Bentancur, Untitled, (Play), Uruguay 2014, 1.35
  5. Francesca Leoni , Ego-Crazia, Italy 2017, 8.25
  6. Еlena Artemenko, Soft Power, Russia 2016, 10.00
  7. Marta Arjona & Ariadna Llussà, ZOÍ I ζωή, Spain 2017, 3.40
  8. APOTROPIA, Φ, Italy 2017, 4.44
  9. Yiorgos Drosos, District one, Greece 2014-2015, 1.50

 

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vDance: poses, movements and short narratives_ Video Dance selection

Curated by Margarita Stavraki      Duration: 70 min

A video selection where poses and movements turn to dance and poetry. The dance is sometimes physical and other times a result of the processing of moving image. The surrounding space is sometimes real, defined and it stimulates the dance, and other times it is digital and neutral, in order to make us concentrate absolutely on the motion of the bodies. Dance, movement and pose are a primordial need of man, which is involved in the digital age.

  1. Izabella Retkowska, Inertness, Poland 2016, 1.10
  2. Marta Arjona & Mei Casabona, X-TREM, Spain 2016, 5.24
  3. Aliki Chiotaki, Cipher, Greece 2017, 1.18
  4. Daphna Mero, Selfiesism – Dance Duet, Israel & USA 2017, 5.03
  5. Fran Orallo, the chaos theory, UK 2018, 3.40
  6. Gaetano Maria Mastrocinque, Argille, Italy 2016, 5.47
  7. Johannes  Christopher Gérard, Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy, Russia 2017, 4.51
  8. Dancevacuum dance company-Vicky Vassilopoulou, Handmade, Greece 2018, 8.11
  9. Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley & Hilary Brown and Aitor Mendilibar, Odd Jewels: Beauty Under Mask, USA 2018, 8.26
  10. Cecilia Seaward, Recollect, USA 2016, 2.40
  11. Stefano Croci & Luca Veggetti, SCENARIO, Italy 2017, 22.00

 

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Entrance hall Screening  3 /11 /18

Fragments of a story_ Video Dance & Video Performance selection

Curated by Margarita Stavraki      Duration: 49 min

The program explores the autonomy of narrative elements and their reconnection in a video art selection. In these videos the object, the gesture and the space become art works on their own. Sometimes they deny their narrative role, sometimes they just insinuate it, and at others they serve it poetically.

  1. Mircea Bobînă, Dust, Moldova 2017, 1.00
  2. Eleonora Roaro, 00:00:01:00, UK 2016, 2.00
  3. Hanna Schaich, 400000 times, Germany 2017, 4.36
  4. Irini Folerou, Revealing, UK 2016, 1.19
  5. Anna Macdonald, After Mrs Mills, UK 2016, 2.37
  6. Hamza Kirbas, I, YOU, S/HE, WE, Turkey 2017, 00.47
  7. John C. Kelley, Drum Solo, USA 2018, 4.54
  8. Cat Del Buono, Pass the Buck, USA 2018, 1.33
  9. Mauricio Sanhueza, The House, Peru 2018, 8.15
  10. François Roux, The Western Bug, Canada 2014, 1.22
  11. Collin Bradford, End Light, USA 2016, 11.07
  12. François Roux & Mathieu Bouillod, Phantom’s Ontology, Belgium 2014, 3.45
  13. Marcia Beatriz Granero, Minada, Brazil 2015, 2.15

 

KROMA/Χ. Μερτζάνη free fall company, Α.Χιωτάκη,Δ. Μπαρνιάς_ 60 pulses[338]

 

 

Act… with or without expression_ Video Performance selection

Curated by Margarita Stavraki      Duration: 47 min

A selection of video performances based on body identity, with references to ritual, philosophy & poetry, human disorientation, and the history of family relationships.

  1. Gabriel Andreu, My Father’s Tears, UK 2016, 3.52
  2. Eduardo Herrera, Liberación, Argentina 2016, 2.30
  3. Michele Manzini, In the House of Mantegna, Italy 2017, 6.36
  4. Nuno Veiga, Boa Morte, Portugal 2018, 4.05
  5. Alexander Isaenko, Memorial, Ukraine, 2016, 12.24
  6. Elisabetta Di Sopra, The Care, Italy 2018, 2.34
  7. Miloushka Bokma, Thuis, Home, Heimat, Netherlands 2018, 7.57
  8. Aleksandra Mlynarczyk-Gemza, KOAN: What did your face looked like before your parents were born?, Poland 2014, 1.18
  9. Gray Swartzel, Self-Portrait with Mother (Offering), USA 2018, 3.24

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Miden is an independent organization for the exploration and promotion of video art. Founded by an independent group of Greek artists in 2005, it has been one of the earliest specialized video-art festivals in Greece and builded an international festival identity, presenting an annual video art festival for a decade. Since 2015, Miden continues its work changing its form to a more flexible and broadened event programming, setting as basic aims to stimulate the creation of original video art, to help spread it and develop relevant research.

Through collaborations and exchanges with major international festivals and organizations, it has been recognized as one of the most successful and interesting video art platforms internationally and as an important cultural exchange point for Greek and international video art. It also provides an alternative meeting point for emerging and established artists and a communication hub between artists, organizations, festivals and art spaces around the world.

Miden screening programs have traveled in many cities of Greece and all over the world, and they are hosted by significant festivals, museums and institutions globally.

 

(*Miden means “zero” in Greek)

 

Art direction: Gioula Papadopoulou – Margarita Stavraki


General Info:

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Opening: 3/11/2018 at 20:00

Duration:  3/11/2018 – until June 2019*

*all programs will be screened in a special ongoing presentation at the entrance hall of Kinitiras until June 2019.


 Kinitiras

Adress: Erechtheiou 22, Acropolis
Athens 11742

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Feb
8
Fri
Re-thinking Environment Group show @ DL Gallery
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – May 4 @ 5:00 pm

Re-thinking Environment

Group show

 

DL Gallery presents the group exhibition of photography titled «Re-thinking Environment», curated by Nina Kassianou.

 

 

Life takes place in many different environments: in natural or urban landscapes, in recreational sites, industrial premises, and in travel explorations.
How does the character and appearance of our environment, influence our experience of space we live and move? And how that space and that experience are interpreted and presented by photographers? These are the questions which form the starting point for the exhibition, Re-thinking Environment, a trip through the human nature.

 

 

This exhibition is about the experience of the environment, in all its manifestations, which reveals the emotions and thoughts that the photographers has projected on it. The diverse and multi-faceted ways which photographers perceive this experience echoes the breadth of this exhibition.
By examining issues related to nature and humanity Re-thinking Environment contributes also to the ongoing debate around the world on environmental awareness. The scope of the photographers, involved in this show, explores the changing nature and points out the need for a dynamic interference to prevent environmental deterioration.

 

 

The exhibition is a journey followed by 14 artists which spans a wide range of photographic genres including all the kinds of contemporary photography.
Like nature itself, this is an exhibition not just to be seen, but to be experienced.

 

 

Participating photographers:

Julia Braun,
Panos Charalampidis & Mary Chairetaki,
Christoforos Doulgeris,
Anargyros Drolapas,
Efi Haliori,
Magda Hueckel,
Lisa Hoffmann,
Katrin Koenning,
Diana Lelonek,
Costas Ordolis,
Beba Stoppani,
Giannis Tzortzis,
Yorgos Yatromanolakis


General Info:

Opening: 08/02/2019 at 20:00

Duration: 08/02/2019 – 04/05/2019

Opening hours:

Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 17:00

Thursday – Friday 12:00 – 19:00

Admission: Free


DL Gallery

Address: 55A Mesologgiou str, 18545, Piraeus

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Your history, it’s not my story @ ENIA GALLERY
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – May 4 @ 5:00 pm

Your history, it’s not my story

Artemis Potamianou

ΕΝΙΑ GALLERY presents the solo exhibition «Your history, it’s not my story» of Artemis Potamianou.

According to Art Historian, Bia Papadopoulou: “Artemis Potamianou composes an environmental narrative on the female condition which unfolds in space and time. The defiance of social and artistic structures that characterizes her entire oeuvre continues to concern her as the exhibitiontitle, “Your history, it’s not my story” denotes.

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The Unknown Masterpiece: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 2018, Mixed media, 67 x 57 cm

The installation of a swing, immobilized in space, welcomes visitors providing them with the facts from the very beginning. The swing is accompanied by acarpet with the phrase “all in all” and a luminous industrial sign depicting theword “dream.” The concept of confinement evoked here is combined with the artist’s written information referring to the totality of female conditions, whichshe juxtaposes with the idea of the as yet unrealized dream of freedom and true equality.

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The Unknown Masterpiece: Portrait of a Woman, 2018, Mixed media, 53 x 45 cm

The central exhibition area is metaphorically transformed into a cage that houses elaborate bird-cages which, in turn, host smaller cages. These images within the image, realities within reality, establish consecutive artificial worlds and layers of confinement. Sporadically placed iron railings, like fences or obstacles, reinforce the feeling of enclosure evoked by the“white cube.” The cages, cells of imprisonment, reminding of Michel Foucault’s Panopticon, function like items of division. They differentiate the inner from the outer field, trap viewers in the void intermediary gallery space while, at the same time, delineating labyrinthian routes of escape.

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The Unknown Masterpiece: François Clouet Christina of Denmark, 2018, Mixed media, 70 x 50 cm

The strenuous manual wooden and thin metal rod constructions are inspired by elaborate bird-cages of by-gone eras that often faithfully reproduce actual buildings and mansions. Following the same line of thought, Potamianou deconstructs and then reconstructs existing buildings from the history of architecture in order to build new ornithological dwellings with dispersed historical references.

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The Unknown Masterpiece: Portrait of a Lady, 2018, Mixed media, 70 x 53 cm

In paintings by old masters depicting cages and pet birds, the female iconography prevails, directly identifying the beautiful exotic birds with the fragile gender of women and with a peaceful domestic life. Potamianou suggests a reality different to the one portrayed in these idyllic scenes; a reality defying the social stereotypes that compose the classical mythology of women.

Appropriating the manly role of the curieux1, she infuses it with her own female substance. After extensive research she collects various objects from a plethora of different sources, choosing items directly associated with thefemale world. An antique children’s game, a pair of a girl’s velvet shoes,miniature doll’s house furniture pieces from different epochs, dried butterflies as symbols of the psyche, artificial trees, keys, a ballet dancer sculpture by Degas, standing clocks, hourglasses, metronomes, and revolutionary literary masterpieces that question women’s status-quo. In these dwellings, void of birds, Potamianou creates microcosms, three dimensional still-lives. The cages are transformed into Lilliputian theatrical scenes. Projections ofwomen’s conscious and unconscious. Files of archetypal memory.

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The Unknown Masterpiece: María Cristina de Borbon, 2018, Mixed media, 100,5 x 49,6 cm

The installation’s overall title Which side are you on? poses precisely this question. Addressed to both genders, the question stimulates thought, initiating a voyage into the depths of consciousness as well as the field of ethics.

One more environmental cabinet of curiosities is installed in a separate roomof the gallery space, hosting the last chapter of Potamianou’s feminist story.The environment converses with two top literary works of the 19th century: Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece) by Honoré de Balzac–whence the installation’s title– and Oscar Wild’s The Portrait of DorianGray.

Potamianou once again selects female figures from well-known paintings by Goya, Da Vinci, Vermeer, Cranach, Christus, Freud and others. She edits these initial images with the use of a computer, eliminating the color and selectively lighting up the mouth and hands, the most expressive areas, preserving however, their female identity. The result is printed on canvas, wrapped in transparencies and fastened with rope like the sheaf hiding ManRay’s sewing machine.

KROMA - Enia gallery - Artemis Potamianou

The Unknown Masterpiece: Madame Jacques-Louis Leblanc, 2018, Mixed media, 100,5 x 49,6 cm

The imprisoned women flood the room’s entrance, functioning like an occult introduction to Potamianou’s last chapter. They compose the materia primaof her alchemical experiments from which emerge the genetically modified fragments of art history. Fragments that also inhabit this cabinet of curiosities.

Applying the same logic as with the cages, -in what consists of the artist’susual artistic practice- Potamianou appropriates artistic masterpieces; she deconstructs them on her own dissecting table and then reconstructs them anew. She pastes collage elements of physiognomic details deriving from well-known portraits of men on the original/printed female portraits.’’


General Info

Opening: Friday, 8 February 2019 at 20:00

Duration: 8 February until 4 May 2019

Opening hours:

Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 Thursday – Friday 12:00 – 19:00


Enia Gallery

Address: 55 Mesologgiou str, Piraeus 18545

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Feb
21
Thu
Printed @ Blender Gallery
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm

Printed

Blender Gallery

 

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The Blender Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition “PRINTED”, showcasing different types of printing through the work of Greek and foreign artists.

The imprinting of an original piece of art allows the creator to reproduce copies and can be done through different techniques. The initial creation constitutes the base for a matrix – a printing plate, or a digitally processed preliminary draft. In the first stages of printing, ink would be spread on the printing plate, and as a result the imprint of the artwork would appear on the paper or on some other surface chosen by the artist. Each printing copy resembles the other, but has in fact small differences that constitute its uniqueness.
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The first reproduction of artwork occurred in China thousands of years ago. The West became familiar with printmaking, after the creation of paper, during the 15th century. Communication in both the the western and eastern civilizations, was enhanced and enabled through the art of creating copies.

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Different types of printing and reproduction have developed through the years. A lot of artists combine two or more printing techniques to produce one final artwork. There is an enormous variety of methods and techniques when it comes to prints. The most famous of them are screen printing, etching, canvas printing, aluminum printing and finally 3d printing which has countless possibilities in its application.
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The pieces selected for the “Printed” group exhibition reflect a wide spectrum of artistic expression in the world of printmaking, as well as an experimental artistic approach. Those who will attend the opening will have the opportunity to examine the work of John Valyrakis, Dimitris Dallas, Giorgos Makrakis, Helen Maragkaki Xiromamou, Taxiarchis Mermiris, Paul Oz, while DJ Mr Z – Zois Chalkiopoulos will be on the decks. At the same time,  visitors can create their own silk screens with the precious help of Loupes Printing at 20:00 till 22:00.

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General Info

Opening: 21/02/2019 at 19:00

Duration: till 30 March 2019

Opening Hours:

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Friday: 10.00-19.00

Saturday: 12.00-16.00

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Address: Zisimopoulou 4, Glyfada, 16674

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Mar
5
Tue
“Dear forests, sweet shadows, I come to seek my heart!”, Nota Kyriazi’s exhibition @ a.antonopoulou.art
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm

“Dear forests, sweet shadows,

I come to seek my heart!”

Nota Kyriazi

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Nota Kyriazi is presenting her first solo photo exhibition. Despite her teaching as a professor at Panteion University, she has been photographing systematically for several years now. Her special gaze approaching her subject matter is readily apparent in her images. The result is mesmerizing from the first instance.

Principal subject in this exhibition is the forest. The forest has always been a source of inspiration – and not only – for painters but also for poets and musicians.

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{…} Nota Kyriazi loves forests. She photographs them as her gaze and her lens  strive to capture not the beauty of trees but their secret life. Silence, serenity, clarity, secrecy but also a feeling of threat and foreboding, a kind of agitation are all conveyed through the photos of Kyriazi. A dreamy narrative leads you directly to the fairy tale, to forces of nature and to trolls, to demonic dances and rituals, to the gusts of wind and the rustling of leaves{…}, writes Thanos Stathopoulos in the catalog of the exhibition.

Nota Kyriazi’s suggestion is to start looking differently at the world around us. On a daily basis, we are bombarded with hundreds of images from the mass and social media and we are getting addicted to a superfluous viewing of those images. With her photographs, Nota Kyriazi urges us to try to look beyond the obvious, to look not only with our eyes, but also with our senses and our soul.

*from Georg Friedrich Händel’s opera Atalanta

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SHORT BIO

Nota Kyriazi was born in Athens. Her family relocated to Montreal where she was raised and educated. She later pursued graduate studies in sociology in the United States. Upon completion of her studies there, she returned to Montreal to begin a university teaching career. Coming full circle, she now lives in Athens and teaches at Panteion University. Her experience with photography began when she was still a graduate student. It ended abruptly, only to begin again in 2012, suddenly and for no apparent reason. Since then, photography is a vital part of her life. Her photographs have been shown in group exhibitions and have been published in digital photography magazines.


General Info

OpeningTuesday, 5 March 2019 at 19.00

Duration: 5 March until  30 March 2019

Opening hours:

Wednesday – Friday: 14:00 – 16:00 & Saturday 12:00 – 16.00

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Address: 20 Aristofanous Street, Psyrri, 105 54 – Athens

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Mar
15
Fri
Dreamtigers @ Ikastikos Kiklos DL
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm

Dreamtigers

Dimitris Mytas

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Ikastikos Kiklos DL presents on Friday 15 March 2019 the solo exhibition « Dreamtigers » of Dimitris Mytas curated by Nina Kassianou.  

Dimitris Mytas returns with a series of colour photographs, and Dreamtigers pledges to “try to re-approach what has been said already”. One wonders — is this what has been said by the photographer himself?

The curator of the show, Nina Kassianou, notes: “Once again Dimitris chooses to set up a dialogue among figures and places that form part of his daily life. After his recent Hospital and its monochrome, silent, hermetic and often melancholic images, the compositions this time adopt a colour palette which is seemingly lighter, combined with a playful mood and an ambience full of narcissistic hues. But that’s only seemingly, because once again Mytas is not in a state of serenity and relaxation. With his “disjointed”, non-articulated images Dimitris Mytas creates a fluid, deceptively random world with unexpected changes; a world at once dreamlike and disquieting.

Yet there is an invisible thread that links these images: running across the disjointed fantasy of his wanderings, among sober figures that stare boldly at the lens and the empty places around them, this thread forms and strengthens a stylistically and conceptually rigorous—medically rigorous, I would say—body of work. And while by mental association this work builds on his earlier ones, its new stylistic elements suggest that the photographer is moving on to new formal quests.

No matter what spatial context he opts for, what persons he decides to set in it and how he stages it, Mytas never abandons his autobiographic approach. Following step-by-step the photographic experience he has built over the years, he weaves, patiently and persistently, his relations with both his social and family circle and the environment in which he is called upon to live. And as all these keep changing, Dimitris builds and presents his new photographic worlds.”

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Dimitris Mytas was born in Greece in 1970. He lives and works as a doctor in Athens. He has been creatively engaged in photography since 1992, and continues to train himself through reading, attending photography seminars and lectures and actively participating in photographers’ groups. 

He has presented his work in five solo exhibitions in Athens and has participated in several group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

He has published four photographic albums, and his works have featured in international photographic magazines.

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INFO

Exhibition opening:  Friday 15 March 2019 at 20:00

Duration:  15 March – 25 April 2019

Opening hours:

Monday closed

Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 – 16:00

Tuesday – Thursday – Friday 11:00 – 20:00 

Curator: Nina Kassianou 

Admission to the exhibition is free.

Ikastikos Kiklos DL, 6 Akadimias St, Athens 10671, +30 2103646818-9

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Mar
19
Tue
Stories of female breast @ Gallery 7
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm

Stories of the Female Breast

Philippina Livitsanou

KROMA - Stories of the Female Breast

Gallery 7 presents the new work of the painter Philippina Livitsanou.

The artist talks about her work:

“In the paintings & engravings of the period 2012-19, I showcase the anguish and the struggle of women for the emancipation of the woman’s body. In society, the woman’s chest from antiquity to the modern world has been the object of claim and desire of the male. From the sacred, erotic, political, psychological, commercial chest, the modern woman claims the exoneration of the breast, the right to the “released chest”.

Chest as lifeblood and destroyer traverses history. It’s a struggle and anxiety for self-esteem. The narratives ask questions: to whom does the chest belong?

My favourite sisters and their children pose in my works, while my three portraits are the exception during chemotherapy. With these works I wanted to give courage and strength to myself, to all women with breast cancer, to help my beloved sister Stamatia who also gave battle with breast cancer and even posed when she had metastatic cancer.

Stamatia has been an exemplary model from our childhood to the end of her life when she flew like wounded amazon in the sky. The exhibition is dedicated to Stamatia and the struggle for life.”

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Info:

Opening: Tuesday, March 19th 2019, 19.30 – 22.00

Duration: 19 March –  6 April 2019

Open: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 – 14:00 and 18:00 – 21:00,

Wednesday  &  Saturday 11:00 – 15:00


Gallery 7

Address: 20 Solonos, Athens

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Mar
21
Thu
l … as love @ Cube Gallery
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm

l … as love

Gefso Papadaki

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Cube Gallery, inaugurates its collaboration with the artist Gefso Papadaki and hosts her solo exhibition entitled “l … as love”.

It is her second exhibition which is related to love, and the fourth in which the paintings are inspired by Greek poet’s lyrics, and it also constitutes the sequel of “Love Syllables”.

Art historian, Iris Kritikou, in a quote from her text   “In the shade of poetry”, concerning the exhibition “Love Syllables”, wrote: “Gefso Papadaki is a “mighty reader”. Starting with her favourite poems and assisted by their internal reason, she paints without simply looking, but instead she perceives their soft vitals. Her paintings leaving behind the explanatory narration, calls the spectator to look within them”.

Yes my beloved

Long before I met you

I was waiting for you

…………

And when we met for the first time-do you remember?

You spread your hands with tenderness,

Like you knew me for years

But of course you knew me.

Because before you enter my life,

You had lived in my dreams my beloved.

(Long before I met you, I was waiting for you – Tasos Leivaditis)

The lyrics taken by the poem of Tasos Leivaditis, “Afto to asteri einai gia olous mas (This star is for all of us)”, are not the only ones the spectator meets, in this interesting conversation between poetry and visual art creation in the exhibition “L…as love”. The images that are created are sensitive and magical, and how could they be different, when love works as a motive for the artist. It’s the love who revives, who gives you wings. The love which is the spark that becomes fire. Love which brings life in the world and love that cures. And who could imagine life without love!

In Gefso’s Papadaki works, love stories come and go, but in all of them love appears as a source of life, a life-giving eros that becomes love and affection, a love that isn’t completed and a love that disappears. Love … spelled or wordless, imaginable or alive, between the lyrics of  Maria Polidouri, K.P.Kavafis, Giannis Ritsos, Tasos Leivaditis, Titos Patrikios and Maria Laina, becomes a game about love, which moves in circles. The limits between eros and love are hard to define and the reason is no other than the insignificance of their delimitation in this journey! And the journey of eros and love continues…

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I wonder how desire

originates from nothing?

How desire become eros,

And how eros changes

into a distant memory?

I wonder how can a memory

die out into nothing?

(Kikliko, Titos Patrikios)

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Gefso Papadaki

Born in Istanbul, Gefso Papadaki,  graduated from Vakalo Art and Design College  and she did further studies in   Fine Arts, focusing on Drawing, Colour, Byzantine Icon Painting, Material Technology, History of Art and Sculpture Molds. She is a member of the Greek Chamber of Arts. She has worked on murals, stage paintings, book covers and has been teaching Art classes to primary school children. She has also been involved in arts creative activities for children with disabilities.

She is a columnist for the Kinsterna journal of Literature and Art and has published two painting related books. Her works are found in the collection of the Beijing National Gallery, in the collection of the Olympic Fine Arts 2008, in Beijing. Moreover in Moschandreou collection,in Hadjioannou collection, and other private collections in Greece, U.S.A, Belgium, France,  Austria and Luxemburg.

 

She has participated in more than 100 exhibitions in Greece, Belgium, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, France, as well as in the 23rd Art Fair, “Artist 2013” in Istanbul, 

In 2008 she was among the artists that represented Greece in the 3rd,Beijing Biennale.

Gefso’s latest work is inspired by the lyrics of great Greek poets.

 

 

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Info

Opening: Thursday, the 21st of March 2019, 20.00 – 10.30

Exhibition Duration: 21 March – 13 April 2019

Opening hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00

Wednesday Saturday 10.00 – 14.00

Sunday & Monday closed

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Cube Gallery

Address: 39, Miaouli str. Patra, Greece

Tel: 2611110069

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Mar
28
Thu
The Scrambled Papers Theory @ ALMA Contemporary Art Gallery
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm – May 4 @ 4:00 pm

The scrambled papers theory

Konstantinos Patsios

KROMA - Patsios Konstantinos - The scrambled papers theory

The exhibition The scrambled papers theory by Konstantinos Patsios will be presented in alma Contemporary Art Gallery between the 28th of March and the 4th of May, 2019. Konstantinos Patsios is featured in 5th issue of KROMA Magazine.

Konstantinos Patsios calls his new work “The scrambed Papers theory”. If the unconscious is structured as a language, the juxtaposition of his “Scrambled Papers” structres a new communication code.  The double meaning of the title is also a word game, an idirect reference ot the Egg, as the conflation of the material in art with the flavour, and as the archetype of creation and birth. “My artistic work has to do with the creation of another body” the artist says.

“There is a psychonalytical dimension and an obsession with the automatic writing in the whole of my work. My work has to do with the random. Every little paper fragment of the city walls and every fragments of moments in my own life are transformed into a surealism that draws its force from the unconscious, adopts its unruly and free structure, expresses desires and fears through the language of the symbols and emerges through the logic of the dream, where everything is possible. 

KROMA - Patsios Konstantinos - The scrambled papers theory

Louiza Karapidakis, the art historian, writes about the exhibition: “Konstantinos Patsios presents the latest unit of his works, mainly collages with combined techniques and overpaintings. This time he chooses large canvases. Thus, he has the opportunity to make good use of his morphoplastic values,  skillfully combining ready pictures with his own interventions and compositions. He insistently uses recognizable motifs from classic works of the history of art, giving them new descriptive value through his additions and fusions.

People, landscapes and symbols, recognizable or insinuated ones, are enriched with his painted interventions and make historical references, invent commentations or create symbolic allegories. There are also plenty of autobiographic elements he gives, even using personal objects as points of reference and journal. The expression he uses himself to characterize his work is “submersion to the unconscious” because he systematically repeats the black element as an expression of the unconscious, the dream, the total void, the end, the death. It is also a tribute to the German romantic artists of the 18th century, sho brought to light unconscious phenomena, such as repressed emotions, automatic skills, hidden fears and desires. Patsios, with his recognizable writing, continually shapes new, timeless realities turning them into impressive visual formulations with multi-dimensional content”.

KROMA - Patsios Konstantinos - The scrambled papers theory

About the artist

Konstantinos Patsios was born in Athens, in 1977. He studied Economics and Law in the University of Pireus and in the Grand école de commerce in Poitiers, France. Later he studied painting at Athens School of Fine Arts with professors G. Psychopaidis and M. Spiliopoulos, sculpture with N. Tranos and then he continued his studies at Rhode Island school of design, Providence, U.S.A.

He has had 8 personal exhibitions and has participated in severla collective ones in Greece and abroad. We are mentioning selectively: “The lost Parthenon” , personal exhibition, curated by Leoni Gavria, Gallery Melkart Paris, (April 2016). “Μedea” personal exhibition, Positions art fair Berlin, Alma gallery (October 2015). “The Twisted Odyssey“, personal exhibition Underdog gallery, curated by Michaela Vergoti, London (june 2015), Blender gallery, Athens (April 2015), “The Divine Comedy“, Fizz Gallery, personal exhibition, curated by Alexios Papazaharias, Athens (April 2010). ReMap 2,Sugar Mao” curated by Marina Fokidi, Athens (2011).

KROMA - Patsios Konstantinos - The scrambled papers theory


General Info

Opening: Thursday 28th March, 19:30

Duration: 28/3 – 4/5/2019

Curated by Louisa Karapidaki


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Mar
29
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Kanapes @ «9 ΕΝΝΕΑ» Cultural Space
Mar 29 @ 3:30 pm – Apr 20 @ 4:30 pm

“Kanapes” Artworks that enhance the sofa’s fabric

Group Show

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According to the book «Greek Art from A to Z» artworld purists don’t approve of artworks that «instead of posing hard questions to the viewer, enhance the sofa’s fabric».

Curator Alexandra Kollaros, also the author of the book, singles out 18 artists she admires for their artistic skill and invites them to create artworks inspired by this statement.
The group show is presented at «9 ΕΝΝΕΑ» Cultural Space, between 28 March – 20 April 2019.

The exhibition’s title, an inside joke, winks mischievously at the audience. What should one expect in this case upon hearing the words «Artworks that enhance the sofa’s fabric» then;
Artworks you want to live with. Artworks you can recognize as actual artworks upon seeing them. Also, the type of artworks mosr people gravitade towards, when not in posession of a PhD in Art History and a cultural foundation of their own. Could we maybe say «approachable» artworks? A large portion of art professionals detest this concept. They deem it debases the high calling of art, the ultimate mission of which is to pose hard questions and trouble the viewer. This is one way of looking at it. Another way is to recognise that art is supposed to express feelings and ideas and moreover convey them in an immediate, easy to apprehend way. Otherwise it is not art, it is something else. 

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Most of us view our personal space as our very own shelter. We spend a lot of time in it and are very selective about what makes part of our environment; we certainly seek items that express our character, complete our vision and “add” to the space – beauty mostly, whichever way we may individually conceive it. This obviously holds true in respect to the art we select.

The truth is that the average person is not interested in reading a 17-page manual to understand what an artwork is about. Nor does he want to ornate his wall with a roughened-up piece of transparent paper set in place with yellowed sticky tape, and when «the artworlk examines the effect of western capitalism on the psychology of the urban dweller» one remains thoroughly underwhelmed. One more thing: art is precious for many reasons – it moves us, it beautifies, inspires, broadens our horizons, opens up our heart. Where did all these qualities go?

With the above in mind, the exhibition does not present works that get the viewer thinking through allegedly rhetoric questions and hypothetical meta-comments. It presents aesthetically impactful works of art, artworks that stir up feelings or capture you with their unique character, works that may even put a smile on your face. Artworks that have a lot to say but don’t screamingly extort our attention – instead they have figured out the way to convey their meaning in direct ways. 

The artworks lean on the history of art throughout time, they draw from the past and the present, the ideas behind them are at times complex; they own the concept of the “concept”, but they are open to interpretation, without being attention-seeking or trying to enforce preset interpretations. The viewer is free to discover the works on his own and decide what he wants to take from this interaction. 

Ioli Xifara’s floral extravaganzas, the teddy-bear totems of Iakovos Volkov, Demetra Marouda’s atmospheric portrait-landscapes, Ismini Bonatsou’s «Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles» are some only of the works that invite the audience to build its own relationship with them.

The artists created these works with passion and deep knowledge of their trade and they present them to the audience to unravel their new life, through an open conversation without “terms & conditions”. The exhibition urges you to not be scared of art, to approach it and enjoy it. 

Art belongs to everyone. 

Featured artists: Ismini Bonatsou, Nikos Giavropoulos, Eleni Karadimou, Giannis Kardassis, Dina Koumpoulis, Yorgos Lintzeris, Demetra Marouda, Fotis Pehlivanidis, Kostas Spanakis, Maria Spyraki, Ariadne Strofylla, John Bicknell, Paraskevi, Shepard Fairey, John Valyrakis, Constantine Vraziotis, Iakovos Volkov (ΝΑR), Ioli Xifara

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INFO

Artworks that enhance the sofa’s fabric

#kanapes 

Location: «9 ΕΝΝΕΑ» Cultural Space, 9 Keas Str.Koliatsou Sq., Athens, GR 

Opening: Thursday 28 March 2019, 20:00

Duration: 29 March – 20 April 2019 

Visiting hours: Tuesday – Friday, 18:00 – 20:30, Saturday 12:00 – 15:30, or by appointment

Curated by: Alexandra Kollaros

Contact: info@artaz.gr

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