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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:41

remap

12/9 – 30/10/2011

AD Gallery presents:

PLACEMENTS – REPLACEMENTS – MISPLACEMENTS: TOWARDS A NEW REMAPPING

Curator: Christina Androulidaki

Artists:Augusta Atla, Maro Fassouli, Dimitris Foutris, Alana Kakoyiannis, Alexandros Laios, Maria Polyzoidou, Theo Prodromidis, Anastassis Stratakis

ReMap Address: 27 Thermopylon, Metaxourgeio

AD gallery Address: 3 Pallados str., Psirri



The show PLACEMENTS – REPLACEMENTS – MISPLACEMENTS: Towards a New Remapping deals with the idea of relocation (social, national, economic, political) and focuses on the exploration of this notion through the works of 8 emerging Greek and international artists. The Remap project and the location of the exhibition in Metaxourgeio, one of the most historic, diverse, arresting and yet deprived, areas of Athens functions as a case study in itself demonstrating through the works of visual artists the dynamics and problematics of such a remapping. The works bring up issues of emigration, immigration, warfare, human rights abuse, social exclusion, inequality, marginalization, xenophobia, as well as utopian dreaming, multiculturalism, diversity, hope and rebirth.

The artists work on a variety of media such as sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, video and performance. Augusta Atla’s photographic collages combine elements from her performances, popular magazines, anatomic books and folkloric Greek costumes to create peculiar works that touch on issues of femininity, motherhood and the suffering female body. Maro Fassouli’s sculptures draw attention to issues of encapsulation and social exclusion, exploring ideas of the hidden and the visible, inner and outer space, the familiar and the foreign. Alana Kakoyiannis’ poetic documentary film reflects on the notion of home through the lens of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot displacement on the divided island of Cyprus and captures the potency of the political conflict through personal perspectives. Alexandros Laios’ works comment on the inability of the west to accommodate and effort to accumulate immigrants into the states and societies, as well as the permanent state of “transit” those people are forced to stay. Maria Polyzoidou paints an imaginary world, a picturesque landscape that falls apart, like a miniature of the world we have dreamt of. Theo Prodromidis envisages a utopian structure upon the remains of an architectural plan that was never built, Dimitris Foutris intervenes on the exterior of the building to observe on its use, function and history within society and finally, Anastassis Stratakis presents a segment of his photographic series Strange Fruit to comment on the way history repeats itself by the use of violence, obscurantism and exclusion from the time when witch hunting was performed, up to the assaults triggered by xenophobia performed in the present day.