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
Anna Lascari’s solo exhibition
Anna Lascari’s solo exhibition “Extreme singularities” opens at a.antonopoulou.art on Wednesday October 24th, 2018.
The exhibition presents a series of works whose materiality render a gestural setting that raises tension between a manifold of images and movement, sculpture and sound, painterly winks and fragile fragments of impressions. Many of the varying materials have been recovered from the artist’s studio. Nothing is abandoned; values are redeemed through the devised ways by which these unfold themselves and their relationship to each other. Strips of PVC transform like doorways that lead to a further layering of knotty conditions where the individual and collective traverse space, as the title of the exhibition suggests; where the parts coalesce into an altered belt of animation when they otherwise seemingly draw apart from the whole, from the full perception of the viewer and from between the tremors that hold them together.
The precarious “bases” of these pieces whose (im)balances are never detrimental enough to cave-in, in effect, hold resilience. Their emphasized materiality seems to steadily matter and to carry on; and their autonomy escapes the authority of representation. Part of the contact between the work and the viewer is in the intimate relationship of materials between them, with their surroundings, and in the viewer’s own exercise of observation and reflection.
From the text Extreme singularities by Maria Petrides, independent writer
Anna Lascari has exhibited in international venues including: National Museum of Contemporary Art, (EMST) Athens and Tinos Quarry Platform, Tinos (2018); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy and I Bienal del Sur: Pueblos en Resistencia, Caracas, Venezuela (2016); TRANSMEDIALE/festival, Berlin (2015); Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Warehouse B1 (2011) and Suspended Forces and PINK, a.antonopoulou art, Athens, Greece (2013 and 2010).
Recent public projects include: Athens Report (athensreport.org) an interactive Internet platform based on crowdsourcing (2014-on going); Cargonauts the demo, an on line 3d game (2015-on going).
Opening: 24/10/2018 at 19.00
Duration: 25/10/2018 – 01/12/2018
Exhibition Opening Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 14:00 – 20:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 16.00
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Address: 20 Aristofanous street, Psyrri 105 54 – Athens
Tel: +30 210 3214994
Media Sponsor: KROMA magazine
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
Face Forward …into my home
Following its first successful presentation in Athens and its warm reception in Heraklion, Crete, the interactive art project Face Forward …into my home is hosted in Thessaloniki and is introducing the public to the faces and stories of 26 refugees and asylum seekers who have been forced to leave their homelands and are rebuilding their life in Greece.
Face Forward …into my home 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 an exhibition with photo portraits and recorded personal stories of refugees and asylum-seekers who are now living in Greece. All participants of Face Forward …into my home are benefitting from ESTIA, the Emergency Support To Integration and Accommodation programme implemented by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in collaboration with the Greek Government, local authorities and NGOs, and with the funding by the European Commission.
The exhibition in Thessaloniki is organized with the support of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the REACT programme and the 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
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.
Phase III: Exhibition of Photographic Portraits and Personal Narratives
The personal narratives and photographic portraits will be presented at the Municipal Exhibition Space (former military warehouse), Pier 1, at the Port of Thessaloniki from 9 November to 9 December 2018. The works from the EMST collection that prompted the narratives will be also presented in digital form in the exhibition space, in addition to a short documentary video of the whole project.
As part of the exhibition, educational programmes for students of all ages will be organized in cooperation with the State Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network.
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST)
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
Financed by the European Commission
Katerina Koskina, Director of EMST
Exhibition curators / Idea-Implementation of the project
Μarina Tsekou, Education Curator EMST
Ioannis Vastardis, Photographer
Architectural study / on site supervision
Μaria Maneta, Architect – Engineer
Opening: 10/11/2018 at 18:00
Duration: 9/11/2018 – 9/12/2018
Wednesday – Sunday: 11.00 – 19.00
Monday – Tuesday: closed
EMST | National Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str – Athens
Tel: +30 211 1019000
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
Artists stand by the homeless of Athens for the 9th consecutive year
The power of art is employed again in order to change life for the better. The art world reunites to support the homeless of Greece and KLIMAKA NGO’s Programs through “SURPRISE”, artAZ Art Platform’s annual benefit exhibition.
SURPRISE is a celebration of art that highlights the social aspect of Contemporary Art as well as the current artistic tendencies. Since 2009 more than 2000 artists from around the world have joined the campaign, contributing their artworks to support our fellow humans. SURPRISE is a collective effort of the artistic community.
Every year around 300 small format artworks are collected and then made available to the public for the token amount of 50 €. The reason?
To allow everyone to support the effort. Participants cover the entire spectrum of artistic practice: from discovery artists to globally established, as well as a significant number of international artists. There is, however, a catch: the artist’s identity remains secret. The artworks are signed on the back, thus encouraging the audience to decide solely upon instinct and personal taste. While contributing to the cause, visitors have the opportunity to aquire an already valuable artwork or one that will increase in value over time. Either way, they will walk away with an artwork of their choice.
HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
Visiting www.artaz.gr/surprise to study the artworks online and note down the code numbers of your choice. New artworks are added on a daily basis through to the exhibition’s opening. Between 23-25 November 2018 SURPRISE 9 will move to the «EARTH K44» space for the live viewing and sale of the artworks. Do note that the artworks are sold on a first come – first served basis.
Within the frame of “SURPRISE 9” a silent auction of larger scale artworks that feature in the exhibition list. Bidding will commence is on and will stay open until Sunday 25 November 2018.
The parallel program also includes an exhibition of paintings based on the illustrations of the recently released book «Greek Art form A to Z», written by “SURPRISE 9” curator Alexandra Kollaros and published by Key Books. The paintings will be made available to the audience through a process reminiscent of an art game, in the spirit of the book. In addition, Key Books publishing house will be offering 20% of the proceeds for every book bought at the exhibition.
The proceeds from the artworks’ sale are donated to the Homeless Support Program of KLIMAKA NGO.
Note to artists interested in joining the initiative: the campaign is accepting submissions through to the last minute.
Visit the artAZ website for further information.
About Klimaka NGO
KLIMAKA is a leading Greek social, nonprofit organization, implementing comprehensive programs for the support of the homeless since 2001. You can find out more about Klimaka by visiting www.klimaka.org.gr.
artAZ is a cross-cultural platform for the promotion of Contemporary Art, with a mission to make art accessible to the broader audience and create bridges between art scenes around the world. You can find out more about artAZ by visiting www.artaz.gr.
Location: «EARTH K44», 44 Konstantinoupoleos Str., Gazi, Athens
Opening: Friday 23 November 2018, 20:00
Duration: 24-25 November 2018
Saturday 24/11: 12:00 – 19:00
Sunday 25/11: 12:00 – 16:00
Curated by: Alexandra Kollaros
Organized by: artAZ & Klimaga NGO
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
« Ideal Lines »
by Ioannis Lassithiotakis
In his new exhibition Ioannis Lassithiotakis presents mainly large-scale works, austere in their rendering and focused on the conceptual and aesthetic importance of monochrome surfaces on which a primordial, archetypal element of human expression is often inscribed: the line.
The works on show come in two series. In one the paint is spread on the surface in an abstract manner to produce pious monochromatic rites; the other series seems to be defined by drawing, with the outline sometimes surrounding the entire canvas or elsewhere with large shapes of black and white coexisting in a harmonious yet enigmatic relationship with one another.
This new body of work reflects the quests of Ioannis Lassithiotakis on issues pertaining to human relations, death, absence but also Art itself, presented in a mature way in terms of both content and aesthetic. His compositions, thoroughly researched and conceptually apt, increasingly attract international interest from galleries and the press.
As Dr. Haris Hatziioannou points out in his text for the accompanying catalogue:
In the abstract language used by Lassithiotakis the fundamental visual elements (point, line, plane, color) have a power to speak on their own. This language of course comes from a tradition that originates from Suprematism, Constructivism and Bauhaus and passes, closer to our age, through Minimalism and Conceptual Art. Knowledge of this tradition and of the contemporary languages of art helps, but this does not mean that the intake of the works depends exclusively on such knowledge. Non-expert viewers that are both eager and sensitive enough will certainly be able to ‘listen to’ and understand this language, discerning its main characteristics.
Opening: 23/11/2018 at 20:00
Duration: 23/11/2018 – 26/01/2019
Thursday: 12:00 – 20:00
Friday: 12:00 – 20:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 17:00
Address: 55A Mesologgiou str, 18545, Piraeus
Tel.: +30 21 0463 1933
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
«Back to basics: Space»
The exhibition Back to Basics: Space, as part of the Back to Basics series that explores key issues and elements of art making, looks into the aims as well as the approaches of artists of the concept of space.
Space constitutes a standard point of reference in artistic creation, whether the latter is confined within the boundaries of the canvas, is a three-dimensional sculpture-installation which incorporates and transforms its surroundings or unfolds in the intangible space of a performance which interacts with the viewer.
At the same time, in an age when the ‘a-topian’ culture of globalisation raises questions about identity, character and history, the positioning of artistic creation in space and time may signify a play with memory, a political comment or a query about the waning boundaries between public and private.
Architectural elements, which pervade the language of art with increasing frequency, delineate the creative work using common features which are familiar to the viewer. The constantly changing social conditions and the cultural osmoses that affect the cityscape are standard components in the discourse between space-place and collective memory.
In the exhibition‘’Back to Basics: Space’’, the exhibition venue provides an opportunity for a dialogue through which to define and explore the notion of space from different visual approaches of the ten visual artists, both morphologically and conceptually.
Architectural space, space as defined in relation to the body, geo-cultural identity, the urban space and the presentation/description of a utopian or dystopian space are the thematic areas to be explored in this exhibition.
Manolis Baboussis, Dionisis Christofilogiannis, George Harvalias, Michel Lamoller, Iavor Lubomirov, Rena Papaspyrou, Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Lina Theodorou, Ino Varvariti, Kostis Velonis
Curator: Artemis Potamianou
Duration: 23/11/2018 – 19/01/2018
Exhibition opening hours:
Address: 55 Mesologgiou str, Piraeus 18545
Tel.: +30 210 4619700
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
“Size matters? II”
exhibition of small artworks
Ikastikos Kiklos DL presents on Saturday 1 December 2018 the group show « Size matters? II ». The exhibition of small scale artworks is organized in cooperation with ENIA GALLERY and DL gallery and it will be open until 31 December 2018.
The exhibition comprises 26 old and new associates of Ikastikos Kyklos-DL from Greece and abroad, with the size of works as the sole limitation. Dimensions, together with information about the date and materials, is one of the typical elements in an artwork’s description and identity.
This presentation, however, goes beyond scale to focus on the different core ideas, styles and ways of processing. Painting, drawing, digital prints and printmaking are some of the media on show. Representing different trends and approaches, the exhibits ultimately make up a multifaceted presentation of contemporary visual expression.
The question posed in the exhibition title Size Matters? II is actually rhetorical since the exhibited works display the fascinating world of minuscule works of art which draw the viewer’s attention.
Aggelos Antonopoulos, b., Micha Cattaui, Manolis Charos, Bella Easton, Marios Fournaris, Leonidas Giannakopoulos, George Gyzis, Nikos Kanarelis, Dimitris Koukos, Ioannis Lassithiotakis, Michalis Makroulakis, Andreas Marti, Katerina Mertzani, Vassilis Perros, Artemis Potamianou, Vasilis Poulios, Nicos Samaras, Ioannis Savvidis, Vassilis Selimas, Yannis Tsarouchis, Giorgos Tserionis, Costas Tsoclis, Marian Wijnvoord, Dimitris Yeros, Katerina Zafeiropoulou
Opening: 01/12/2018 at 12:00
Duration: 01/12/2018 – 31/12/2018
Exhibition Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday at 11:00 – 16:00
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 11:00 – 20:00
Admission: Free Event
Ikastikos Kiklos DL
Address: 6 Akadimias Street 10671 – Athens
Tel: 210 36 46 818-9
Media Sponsor: KROMA magazine