by Eirini Georgopoulou
In her newest series of works, Eirini Georgopoulou utilizes a variety of methods and materials to establish a sense of fragile harmony. Through a multi-layered approach, she conjures an uneasy equilibrium positioned somewhere between stillness and change. She achieves this in part by setting up diametrically opposed forces – chance and control, shadow and light, flexibility and stillness, fluidity and rigidity – suggesting a world in a constant state of flux. The inherent elasticity of matter becomes manifest through the otherwise invisible forces which shape the natural world – one need only to think of the rocky Cycladic shoreline, for instance, sculpted over time by the waves and the wind and bleached bone-white under eons of incessant sunlight.
The artist looks inwards as much as she does at the world that surrounds her. She has isolated various topologies and formations by manipulating her chosen media through a variety of means. Her methods are laborious and demand an intimate engagement with the material – molding the liquid plaster to manipulate it into a desired form, prodding it into shape through the use of armatures and supporting poles, constantly fighting against both gravity and time. Georgopoulou’s latest output has therefore become a reflection of a much broader ‘topos’ while still pertaining back to the process of their production. The generative potential of the studio and the cosmos become equated through the promise of unlimited creation.
Duration: 5/10 – 24/11/2018
Exhibition opening hours:
Τuesday – Friday: 12:00-20:00
Sunday, Monday: Closed
Address: Athinas A12, Athens 10554
Tel: +30 210 3217931
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
“From Darkness to Light”
Fanis Kapsalidis and Panos Bakas
ArtZone42 Gallery proudly presents the joint exhibition of the acclaimed artists Fanis Kapsalidis and Panos Bakas, titled “From Darkness to Light”. The individual artistic expression both artists can reasonably be described as ‘dark’ even though, at first sight their work differs in technique and color palette.
In the artwork of Panos Bakas black and earthly shades are dominant, whilst a “dark” and ironic mood is revealed through intense color contrasts in the artwork of Fanis Kapsalidis. Both artists are significantly inspired by their surroundings, personal experiences and cinematic scenes of science fiction.
The oil paintings of Panos Bakas portay urban landscapes with people who give the impression of having being unleashed by Munch’s legendary “The Scream”. The people in his canvas are almost as if they have accepted their fate and dwell in an environment that literally chokes them. They stand thinking about what could be reversed in the future knowing very well that what nourishes also destroys.
Fanis Kapsalidis, encompassing a distinct “cartoonish” style, creates imaginary scenery and portraits on wooden pallets, framed and sculpted with complementary symbol-icons. Society, religion and consumerism are concepts that concern him often. In all his work a female eye is present and observes almost confined, as a symbol of power and challenge, the integral part of a surreal reality.
Fanis Kapsalidis was born and works in Athens. His professional relationship with art counts numerous years and has in his resume multiple solo and group exhibitions. Utilizing intense color contrasts, his paintings can be characterized as multifaceted surrealist collages, playful from a viewpoint, yet ironic when being deeply observed. Fanis Kapsalidis is also a widely known tattoo artist applying a broad range of styles and techniques.
Panos Bakas was born in Athens and has undertaken years of art courses specializing in oil painting. An intense existential dimension is evident in his work. He focuses his interest both on the object as well as on the shadow surrounding it, aiming to unveil the indelible secret of their relationship. He has participated in group exhibitions and many of his works are currently in private collections. He lives and works in Athens.
Opening: 01/11/2018 at 20:00
Duration: 01/11/2018 – 24/11/2018
Exhibition opening hours:
Τuesday – Thursday – Friday : 15.00 – 21.00
Wednesday & Saturday : 11.00 -15.00
ArtZone 42 Gallery
Address: Vasileos Konstantinou avenue, 42
Tel.: +30 210 7259549
Video dance & video performance screening
Video Art Miden collaborates with Kinitiras
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
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.
- Christina Mertzani / free fall company, Aliki Chiotaki & Dimitris Barnias, 60 pulses, Greece 2016, 3.32
- Blas Payri, Ce monde inconnu de sensations, Spain & France 2018, 3.25
- Francesca Leoni & Davide Mastrangelo, Nowhere History, Italy 2017, 3.40
- Patricia Bentancur, Untitled, (Play), Uruguay 2014, 1.35
- Francesca Leoni , Ego-Crazia, Italy 2017, 8.25
- Еlena Artemenko, Soft Power, Russia 2016, 10.00
- Marta Arjona & Ariadna Llussà, ZOÍ I ζωή, Spain 2017, 3.40
- APOTROPIA, Φ, Italy 2017, 4.44
- Yiorgos Drosos, District one, Greece 2014-2015, 1.50
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.
- Izabella Retkowska, Inertness, Poland 2016, 1.10
- Marta Arjona & Mei Casabona, X-TREM, Spain 2016, 5.24
- Aliki Chiotaki, Cipher, Greece 2017, 1.18
- Daphna Mero, Selfiesism – Dance Duet, Israel & USA 2017, 5.03
- Fran Orallo, the chaos theory, UK 2018, 3.40
- Gaetano Maria Mastrocinque, Argille, Italy 2016, 5.47
- Johannes Christopher Gérard, Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy, Russia 2017, 4.51
- Dancevacuum dance company-Vicky Vassilopoulou, Handmade, Greece 2018, 8.11
- Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley & Hilary Brown and Aitor Mendilibar, Odd Jewels: Beauty Under Mask, USA 2018, 8.26
- Cecilia Seaward, Recollect, USA 2016, 2.40
- Stefano Croci & Luca Veggetti, SCENARIO, Italy 2017, 22.00
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.
- Mircea Bobînă, Dust, Moldova 2017, 1.00
- Eleonora Roaro, 00:00:01:00, UK 2016, 2.00
- Hanna Schaich, 400000 times, Germany 2017, 4.36
- Irini Folerou, Revealing, UK 2016, 1.19
- Anna Macdonald, After Mrs Mills, UK 2016, 2.37
- Hamza Kirbas, I, YOU, S/HE, WE, Turkey 2017, 00.47
- John C. Kelley, Drum Solo, USA 2018, 4.54
- Cat Del Buono, Pass the Buck, USA 2018, 1.33
- Mauricio Sanhueza, The House, Peru 2018, 8.15
- François Roux, The Western Bug, Canada 2014, 1.22
- Collin Bradford, End Light, USA 2016, 11.07
- François Roux & Mathieu Bouillod, Phantom’s Ontology, Belgium 2014, 3.45
- Marcia Beatriz Granero, Minada, Brazil 2015, 2.15
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.
- Gabriel Andreu, My Father’s Tears, UK 2016, 3.52
- Eduardo Herrera, Liberación, Argentina 2016, 2.30
- Michele Manzini, In the House of Mantegna, Italy 2017, 6.36
- Nuno Veiga, Boa Morte, Portugal 2018, 4.05
- Alexander Isaenko, Memorial, Ukraine, 2016, 12.24
- Elisabetta Di Sopra, The Care, Italy 2018, 2.34
- Miloushka Bokma, Thuis, Home, Heimat, Netherlands 2018, 7.57
- Aleksandra Mlynarczyk-Gemza, KOAN: What did your face looked like before your parents were born?, Poland 2014, 1.18
- Gray Swartzel, Self-Portrait with Mother (Offering), USA 2018, 3.24
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
Video Art Miden- Info: www.festivalmiden.gr
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.
Adress: Erechtheiou 22, Acropolis
Tel.: +30 210 9248328
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
Books – Notebooks of Art
Books are the mirror of the human mind. Books are archives where written language is preserved as it appears, that is to say as a sequence of data, as a sketch and formulation, as a serial form of narrative process or even as an excerpt of incomplete ideas which eventually lead to a new idea.
A specific form of book alone can be a work of art. However, even its own layout may offer the artists the uninterrupted drawing sequence, which is defined by the beginning, middle and ending of the existing pages.
The drawings in the form of illustration can also become narrative fragments of visual language, which contribute to the narration complement and introduce their own image to the Literature – Painting totality.
The exhibition hosts books as art objects or as complete notebooks with drawings that where destined for personal use or for art publications.
The exhibition presents artworks of:
A.Akrithakis, A. Asteriadi, S. Vasileiou, K. Grammatopoulos, G. Gounaropoulos, R. Kapeliari, A. Kokkinou, Ch. Katsadiotis, K. Xenakis, K. Mortarakos, S. Politi, A. Skourtis, N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Ch. Hassapopoulos, D. Chiotopoulos.
Opening: 15/11/2018 at 20:00
Duration: 15/11/2018- 10/12/2018
Monday – Friday 11:00-14:30 and 17:00-20:00
Address: 4 Kleomenous Street, Kolonaki, Athens
Tel: +30 210 7220231
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
An exhibition titled “Conceptual” will be presented at Blank Wall Gallery from Friday 16th to Wednesday 28th November.
Artists from different parts of the world present their work where the personal element prevails. The artist’s perception of the world and of art is clearly seen through these works designed to challenge and make the viewer think about a various number of things. A personal, secret dialogue begins between the photographer and the viewer. The one side presents an image and the other responds according to the experiences and the views they have. Every person can get a different message while watching the same photo. This is the fascination of this particular photographic genre.
Those interested in seeing a large collection of photos of this kind can do so from Friday, November 16th until Wednesday, November 28th at Blank Wall Gallery, at 55 Fokionos Negri Street.
Opening: 16/11/2018 at 20:00
Duration: 16/11/2018- 28/11/2018
Exhibition opening hours:
Monday – Tuesday ,Wednesday – Friday: 16:30 21:30
Sunday and Thursday: Closed
Blank Wall Gallery
Address: 55 Fokionos Negri Street
Tel.: +30 2114052138