Face Forward …into my home @ EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art
Nov 22 2017 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 31 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Face Forward

…into my home


EMST Temporary Exhibition Space, Ground floor


KROMA Carlos U // Photo by Giannis Vastardis

Face Forward / Carlos U // Photo by Giannis Vastardis

Face Forward …into my home is an interactive art project focused on the stories of people who have been forced to leave their homelands and are rebuilding their life in Greece. It includes storytelling workshops inspired by a selection of contemporary artworks from the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), the photo shooting of portraits, and a photography exhibition about and with refugees and asylum-seekers, now living in the greater Athens area, benefitting from ESTIA, the Emergency Support To Integration and Accommodation programme implemented by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and funded by the European Commission.

KROMA Face Forward...into-my-home

ESTIA means Home

Face Forward …into my home introduces the public to the faces behind the numbers and the Greek refugee crisis, and tells their stories – the family members, the woman, the man, the teenager. Getting to know these human stories, one realizes that even though they lost almost everything when they were forced to flee their homes, they still share many of the same desires and dreams that we all do. They haven’t lost their identity, their skills or their hope. They just long to resume a normal life.

The ESTIA programme helps them to realize exactly this: through accommodation in apartments and provision of monthly cash support, refugees and asylum-seekers are able to lead more secure and normal lives, regain the dignity of choice and gradually take back control of their life. At the same time, Face Forward …into my home introduces these people as residents of a city that has embraced so many cultures, religions and ideas – a diversity that is defined through social solidarity and mutual respect, so that we can all feel “at Home”. ( ) 

Face Forward …into my home was designed and implemented by EMST’s Education Department, in collaboration with UNHCR, and is funded by the European Commission’s department for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), in the framework of the ESTIA programme, providing urban accommodation and cash assistance to thousands of asylum seekers and refugees in Greece.

KROMA / Face Forward Workshops // Photo by Thekla Malamou

Face Forward Workshops // Photo by Thekla Malamou

Face Forward …into my home consists of the following three phases:

Phase I: Storytelling Workshops

Βeneficiaries of the ESTIA programme are invited to share feelings, memories, hopes and aspirations, inspired by artworks from the EMST collection. Using these as a starting point and as a stimulus to explore contemporary social issues, including forced migration, social integration, cultural exchange and social interaction, the participants create autobiographical stories that reveal moments from the past, build personal narratives about the present, and make plans for the future.

Phase II: Photographic Portraits

Based on the narratives that unfold during the workshops, photographic portraits depict the refugees and asylum-seekers in their daily life in Athens. Accompanied by the stories, the portraits shed light on each person’s unique character. At the same time, both photographs and stories reveal the “human face” of the refugee plight and remind us of the things, emotions, feelings that connect us all – our common humanity.


KROMA // John N // Photo by Giannis Vastardis

Face Forward // John N // Photo by Giannis Vastardis

Phase III: Exhibition of Photographic Portraits and Personal Narratives


The personal narratives and photographic portraits will be presented at EMST from November 22nd, 2017 to January 31st, 2018. The works from the EMST collection that prompted the narratives will be presented in electronic form in a specially designed exhibition space, in addition to a short documentary video of the whole project.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with all the portraits and personal narratives. As part of the exhibition, special events will be organized for the public with the participation of the refugees and asylum-seekers themselves, as well as educational programmes for students of all ages.

KROMA Face Forward - making of - Photo by Kosmas Stathopoulos

Face Forward – making of – Photo by Kosmas Stathopoulos

About EMST

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) is a major contemporary art institution in Greece that from the beginning of its operation (2000) has developed a wide variety of programmes and activities addressing different audiences. The permanent home of the Museum is the former Fix brewery on Syngrou Ave., which was reconstructed to open its doors again in late 2016 with the first exhibition “Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp” inaugurating the temporary exhibition spaces of EMST simultaneously with the series “EMST in the World” and attracting thousands of visitors.

From April to July 2017 EMST was the main venue of the acclaimed art exhibition documenta 14 and attracted global attention, while establishing contacts with major art institutions in Europe. In the meantime, all necessary procedures have been accomplished leading to its full operation within 2018. In parallel, EMST designs and delivers a variety of social intervention projects, such as educational programmes designed for primary and secondary students.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees and stateless people around the world. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. UNHCR is on the front lines of the world’s major humanitarian crises, including Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, and countless other emergencies.

Apart from its humanitarian assistance programmes, UNHCR is helping refugees rebuild their lives and trying to find solutions for their future. Learning languages, the recognition of their skills and knowledge and access to the labour market are valuable for easing their financial, social and cultural integration in the hosting communities.

About the European Commission’s department for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)

The European Union with its Member States is a leading global donor of humanitarian aid. Through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), the EU helps over 120 million victims of conflicts and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, ECHO provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs, without discrimination of race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation

KROMA / Face Forward Making of // Photo by Vladislav Zukovsky

Face Forward Making of // Photo by Vladislav Zukovsky

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11.00 – 19.00

Monday closed

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST)

Kallirrois Ave. & Amvr. Frantzi Street (former FIX factory)

Athens, Greece, 117 43

KROMA Face Forward - making of - Photo by Kosmas Stathopoulos

Face Forward – making of – Photo by Kosmas Stathopoulos

For further information please contact:


Communication & Press Office

Kassiani Benou, +30 211 1019009, email:

Despoina Barabouti: +30 211 1019035, email:


Stella Nanou, Assistant Comm/Public Information Officer, +306944586037, e-mail:

Katerina Stavroula, Comm/Public Information Associate. +306949575787, e-mail:


General coordination

Katerina Koskina

Portrait photographs

Ioannis Vastardis

Composition of narratives
Marina Tsekou

Project manager assistant for Face Forward …into my home, UNHCR

Elli Paxinou

Quality and program manager-The Director’s office EMST    

Elena Andreou


Arsis, Caritas Hellas, CRS, METAdrasi, Municipality of Athens through Athens Development and Destination Management Agency, Nostos, Praksis, SolidarityNow, Welcommon

 22 November 2017 – 31 January 2018

Opening: Wednesday, 22 November at 19:30

Free entrance

Exhibition curators / Idea-Implementation of the project

Μarina Tsekou, Education Curator EMST

Ioannis Vastardis, Photographer

Media Sponsor


KROMA / Face Forward Workshops // Photo by Thekla Malamou

Face Forward Workshops // Photo by Thekla Malamou

Cultivatable Ecstasy by Alexandros Psychoulis @
Dec 1 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 20 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Cultivatable Ecstasy

Alexandros Psychoulis


Alexandros Psychoulis’ new solo exhibition opens on Friday, 1 December 2017, 19:00 – 22:00, at

‘There are two ways in which you can view an enchanting landscape that you happen upon while on holiday’ Alexandros Psychoulis notes for his new solo exhibition ‘Cultivatable Ecstasy’.

‘The first way would be to perceive this landscape as a blessing, as a harmonious and peaceful coexistence of all things. The second, rational way, would be to view the landscape as the outcome of a multitude of violent conflicts in progress, from the molecular level to the hidden competitiveness among the living organisms and the traces wild weather phenomena have left behind. This second way is the way of the biologist, the geologist, the farmer, and occasionally of myself, when I descend to my garden on my flip-flops and swimsuit to weed, in other words to exterminate those wild plants that compete with my set gardening goals’.

Psychoulis structures his new work as a kind of notes by the tourist-gardener, the person who refuses to leave the city while at the same time immerses himself in the ‘vulgar’ charm of gardening in order to get the experience that renders city life bearable.

Engravings on dried ink -a kind of digging on painted Plexiglass- and transcendental tools made of olive wood that the artist collects during his walks comprise Psychoulis’ new work. Most of the artistic work took place outdoors using sparse primitive tools and then the works were transferred to a robotics lab for the finishing touches.

The narrative is structured in chapters following the process of tending a garden and can be read by the spectator circularly: clearing the soil, plowing, planting, watering, digging, pruning, harvesting, clearing the soil.


Exhibition Opening:
Friday, 1 December 2017, 19:00-22:00

Exhibition Duration:
December 2, 2017 – January 20, 2018

Visiting Hours:
Wed-Fri 2-8 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m.

Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent…Art Group Painting Exhibition @ Blank Wall Gallery
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm

Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent… – «Την μεν ζωγραφίαν ποίησιν σιωπώσαν…»

| Art Group Painting Exhibition |


KROMA / Antzoulidis Antonis

Antzoulidis Antonis, 55x50cm, Mixed technique

For the first time Blank Wall Gallery, Fokionos Negri str.55, Kipseli, Athens, known for the exceptional photography exhibitions which presents, will host in its art space from 1st till 23rd  of December the Art group painting exhibition “Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent…” –  «Την μεν ζωγραφίαν ποίησιν σιωπώσαν…» in which 43 modern Greek painters will participate. The exhibition is curated by art historians Evaggelia Kairaki and Maria Moscha Karatzoglou, whereas the responsibility for the concept, the management and the communication of the exhibition is on Dimitris Lazarou.

KROMA/Vladonopoulou Fani

Ginaki Anastasia, 100×70, oil on canvas

The title of the exhibition is an extract from the well-known anthology of ancient Greek lyricist Simonidis of Kea, “Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent and Poetry (creation) is painting that is speaking” – «Την μεν ζωγραφίαν ποίησιν σιωπώσαν, την δε ποίησιν ζωγραφίαν λαλούσαν» and was chosen as its theme, because for the first time Blank Wall Gallery will host in its art space an art painting exhibition. According to the ancient saying, painting is a poetry (creation) that is silent, meaning that the observer of the painting receives the message of the act based on their own individual criteria, their personal experience and knowledge. For this reason, all the art works will be untitled, allowing the visitor to observe, draw their own conclusions and free their feelings  without being bound from the art work’s titles.

The art historians Evaggelia Kairaki and Maria Moscha Karatzoglou note:

“Beyond any systematic attempt to combine poetry with painting we must say that poetry is either way gushing from painting and art in general. Speech mobilizes the viewer and the audience, from spec of feelings thoughts, memories, accordance but also disagreements. As GOHETE used to say “I am determined to live in entirety, benevolence and beauty”. Also in one tablet from Simonidis of Kea which has been rescued intact with its distinctive Ionian dialect: τίς γάρ αδονάς  άτερ θνατών βίος ποθεινός ή ποία τυραννίς; τάς άτερ ουδέ θεών ζηλωτός αιών (Which human life and which authority is desirable without pleasure? Without it neither God’s life would be enviable). Having this in mind the work of art in conjunction with the intent to stimulate sensation and intellect, 43 artists project an imaginative artistic venue, where painting with the experience of seeing as language and expressive act is recruited to narrate – sometimes realistically others insinuatingly – to utter meanings, to release desires, to submerge into the aspects of human soul. Besides “doing is more innocent than acting “.

KROMA/Dimos Tasos

Dimos Tasos, 40×60, acrylic in oil on canvas

The visual artists who participate are:

George Androutsos // Antonis Antzoulidis // Elena Antoniou // Giannis Antonopoulos // Magda Apostolou // Maria Apostolou // Fani Vlantonopoulou // Anastasia Gkinaki // Tasos Dimos // Frini Dragatsi // Tania Drogossi // Ioanna T. // Leonidas Kampanakis // Evita Kanellou // Angela Karali // Vassilis Kontogeorgos // Panayiota Koroniou // Sofia Rose Kosmidou // Maria Ktistopoulou // Penny Konstantinou // Penny Manavi // Marikita Manolopoulou // Katerina Mavroleon // Niki Michailidou // Stavroula Michalopoulou // Vassiliki Bloukou // Anastasia Bolka // Sofia Boni // Angeliki Bobori // Fotini Othoneou // Eirini Pagoni // George Papadimitriou // Maria Pastra // Nadia Rapti // Katerina Rimpatsiou // Afrodite Sezenia // Konstantis Skantzis // Sofia Stavrou // Konstantinos Tzalalis // Yiannis Tzomakas // Kerassia Touliatou // Maria Fili // Aristidis Chrysanthopoulos

The exhibition is accompanied by a 24 pages catalogue.


Opening date: Friday 1st of December,  20:00 – 23:00

Duration: 1st till  23rd of December 2017

Concept, managing and communication: Dimitris Lazarou

Curators: Evaggelia Kairaki – Maria Moscha Karatzoglou

Spots and videos editor: Tasos Petsas

The instrumental composition “Angel of mine” which accompanies exhibition’s videos and spots is from the composer Tasos Petsas.

Translation in English: Leonidas Kampanakis

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Blank Wall Gallery

Fokionos Negri str.55, Kipseli, Athens

Tel. +30 211 4052138

Mobile:  +30 694 3868 124




Exhibition’s working hours:

Tuesday till Friday: 16:30 – 21:30

Saturday: 11:30 – 14:00

Sunday & Monday: CLOSED





Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine