Βouzianis Museum, Str 27-31 Bouziani, Dafni. 1-16 October 2016, Bouzianis Museum, 27 Bouziani str, Dafni. Part of the 1st European Arts and Mental Health Festival NEFELE.

This exhibition is inspired by the convergence of art with psychoanalysis and by the manifestos of artistic movements which meet with Freud and Jung. The landmark of this meeting is automatism, the technique of modernism that unlocks the unconscious, aiming to raw artistic creation («art brut»*). Automatism, according to the correspondence between Breton and Freud, is a parallel to psychoanalysis. Freud used automatism in the diagnosis and treatment of unresolved complexes, while surrealists used it to purge the innermost repressed desires.

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The exhibition aims to display contemporary artwork based on automatism or some of those games. The visitors are invited to create their own artwork “playing”. They are invited to perceive the unconscious as a playground and exploration field, not something we should hide or be afraid of. At this point we reach to destigmatization.

* Art Brut: what the mentally ill or a child creates, without the restrictions of conscious control.

Curator: Maritina Kontaratou

Participating artists:

Olga Alexopoulou, Manolis Anastasakos, Vanessa Anastasopoulou, Alexis Avlamis, Vasilis Botoulas, NAR (Jacob Volkov), Beetroot Design, Campus Novel, Grigoria Vrittia, Dimitris Efeoglou, Leonidas Giannakopoulos, Canuto Kallan, Dimitris Kaliviotis, Christophoros Katsadiotis, Theofilos Katsipanos, Elias Kafouros, Nina Kotamanidou, Michael Kotsaris, Kalliopi Kouklinou, Taxiarchis Mermiris, Christina Mitrentse, Leon Michail, Ivan Masteropoulos, Christina Nakou, Spiros Nakas, Kyriakos Papageorgiou, Babis Papagiannis, Stavroula Papadaki, Katerina Papazisi, Sophia Papacosta, Eri Skyrgianni, Panagiota Staikou, Akrivi Simeonidi, Myrto Ferentinou & Chrysanthos Christodoulou


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