Your history, it’s not my story
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.
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.
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.
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existing buildings from the history of architecture in order to build new ornithological dwellings with dispersed historical references.
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.
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.
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.’’
Opening: Friday, 8 February 2019 at 20:00
Duration: 8 February until 4 May 2019
Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 Thursday – Friday 12:00 – 19:00
Address: 55 Mesologgiou str, Piraeus 18545
Tel.: +30 210 4619700
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Opening: 21/02/2019 at 19:00
Duration: till 30 March 2019
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10.00-19.00
The Blender Gallery
Address: Zisimopoulou 4, Glyfada, 16674
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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.”
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.
Exhibition opening: Friday 15 March 2019 at 20:00
Duration: 15 March – 25 April 2019
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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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.”
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
Address: 20 Solonos, Athens
Tel: +30 2103612050
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l … as love
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…
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)
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.
Opening: Thursday, the 21st of March 2019, 20.00 – 10.30
Exhibition Duration: 21 March – 13 April 2019
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00
Wednesday Saturday 10.00 – 14.00
Sunday & Monday closed
Address: 39, Miaouli str. Patra, Greece
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