A poetic exploration about the possibility of return, of memory, homeland and loss.
Yannis Grigoriadιs and Yannis Isidorou (Salon De Vortex) as part of their continuing research into the city, shift their attention from the Metropolitan center to the Western suburbs where they curate and present the exhibition “Nice!” in Nikaia, at the cultural center Manos Loizos (former Mechanic cultivation) a historical, industrial building emblematic of the surrounding area which encapsulates one hundred years of history within its walls.
Twenty four guest artists present personal narrative constructs/contraptions aiming to delineate the field of subjective memory. By means of comparative citing of experience in the changing environment, they explore accumulated beliefs, experiences and memories, questioning the function of these in structuring an incoherent identity (individual or collective).
A variety of approaches, found objects, recordings and representations, bodily actions, archives and collections comprise the main form of the exhibition, while wandering, reflection, observation, psychogeography and its variegation within time-space, are the project's main methodological tools and practices.
On the occasion of the exhibition, a collective volume will be published with literary and theoretical texts as well as artwork by the participants around the question of the feasibility or otherwise of the “return”.
Vaggelis Artemis, Alexandra Giannakandropoulou, Lizzie Calligas, Campus Novel, Kostas Daflos, Apostolos Ntelakos, Dimitris Dokatzis, Marina Gioti, Giorgos Gyparakis, Dimitris Halatsis, Nadia Kalara, Zissis Kotionis, Tassos Langis, Anna Lascari, Giorgos Papadatos, Nikos Papadimitriou, Leonidas Papalampropoulos, Maria Paschalidou, Artemis Potamianou, Bill Psarras, Vassiliea Stylianidou, Alexandros Psychoulis, Yiannnis Theodoropoulos, Theodoros Zafeiropoulos.
Dimitris Allos, Vassilis Amanatidis, Orfeas Apergis, Rika Benveniste, Iana Boukova, Marios Chatziprokopiou, Theodoros Chiotis, Christos Chrissopoulos, Phoebe Giannisi, Katerina Iliopoulou, Yiannis D. Ioannidis, Panayotis Ioannidis, Konstantinos Matsoukas, Maria Michou, Maria Topali.
This publication was realized with the support of NEON.
The project consists in 50 interventions in the public space of 25 different cities, and has been presented in 2 phases: first in Stockholm Supermarket Independent Art-Fair in 2012 and successively in Geneva Milkshake-agency project space in 2014.
Participating artists: Lanfranco Aceti - Elena Bajo - Ludovic Bernhardt - Bianco-Valente - Marc Bijl & Alejandro Vidal - Erik Binder - Campus Novel - Dimitris Christidis - Common Culture - Julie René de Cotret - Benoît Delaunay - Alix Delmas -Guillaume Durand - Yiannis Grigoriadis - Gaël Grivet - Guerrilla Girls - Giorgos Gyparakis - Emma Hammarén - Internationale Surplace - Yiannis Isidorou - Lilli Kinnunen - Thanos Klonaris - Stephen Lee - Maria Lianou - Tea Mäkipää - Sanna Marander - Eva Marathaki - Jenny Marketou - Dimitra Marouda - Maro Michalakakos - Tanja Ostojic - Eftihis Patsourakis - Celine Peruzzo - Derrick Piens - Iris Plaitakis - Theo Prodromidis - Luke Ralphs - Erika Rothenberg - Société Réaliste - Vassiliea Stylianidou - Yorgos Taxiarchopoulos - Lina Theodorou - Magnus Thierfelder - Eugenio Tibaldi - Sofia Touboura - Nikos Tranos - Alexia Turlin - Andreas Voussouras - Theodoros Zafeiropoulos - Italo Zuffi .
Curated by: Artemis Potamianou and Giorgos Papadatos
Essays by: Elpida Karaba, Costantina Theodorou, Eva Fotiadi and Kostis Stafylakis
Graphic Design: Delia Potamianou
Publication realized with the support of NEON.
Reflections on Art and Literature
Reflections on Art and Literature
The relationship between visual art and literature — close, reciprocal and multifaceted in terms of aims and objectives — is characterised by a dynamic interaction which had been going on for centuries and constitutes a popular area of art history, with different approaches depending on the researcher’s starting point.
Yet even without aspiring to follow such an approach, one can hardly fail to observe the common path, the parallel interpretation of historical reality and the interaction among so different fields of artistic creation, to the point where they go beyond being mere stimuli and sources of inspiration for each other as their boundaries are abolished in the oeuvre of certain artists.
The different roles but also the influences exchanged between literature and visual art make this a typical example of the evolution of a productive symbiotic relation. Although varying in their nature and expressive media, their creative process heeds comparable principles and fulfils similar needs, providing new paths and opportunities for discourse over and beyond the individual traits of images and language.
Participating Artists: Rebecca Agnes, Giorgos Papadatos, Isabel Baraona, Christina Mitrentse, Artemis Potamianou, Richard Humann, Nikos Papadimitriou, Meg Hitchcock, Kostas Bassanos, Renee Magnanti, Maria Ikonomopoulou, Tiny Domingos, Barbara Knight, Cris Giannakos, Imni Lee, Robert C. Morgan.
Curating: Artemis Potamianou, Thalia Vrachopoulos
Catalogue Texts: Tiny Domingos, Artemis Potamianou, Thalia Vrachopoulos
labZine #3 State of Mind
labZine #3 State of Mind
This year Lo and Behold invites the artist Nikos Papadimitriou to curate a project. The theme of Supermarket 2013 art fair refers to the notion of “Happiness”.
Buddhist monks believe that happiness has nothing to do with materiality but is a state of mind. Aristotle argues that happiness depends upon ourselves and Mahatma Gandhi that happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. According to Wikipedia: “Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy”. The question is: How do we perceive happiness today? Who and under which conditions could be considered happy and what could possibly lead us to a state of happiness? Could someone be in a state of joy regardless of the social environment around him? The lack of what could be described as a joyful life and the loss of wealth -in terms of the western capitalistic paradigm- leads some of us to the emotional state of funk or depression.
Bearing the above questions in mind, artists are invited to produce artworks of A2 size (60 x 42 cm) on paper with starting points on the above issues. The technique can be drawing, painting, photography, collage, printmaking, digital print, text or mixed media.
Participating Artists: Kostas Christopoulos, Michael Croft, Jack Early, Vasso Gavaisse, Joel Hurlburt, Simon Larbalestier, Julia Marsh, Nina Papaconstantinou, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Antonis Pittas, Provo Principles, Jinsik Shin, Marja-Leena Sillanpää, Johan Svensson, Vassilis Zografos.
Texts: Michael Croft, Julia Marsh, Nikos Papadimitriou.
labZine #2 Public Domain
labZine issue #2 Public Domain
Lo and Behold’s participation in Supermarket Art Fair, 17-19 February 2012, is a call for artists to create within the bounds of the urban landscape, and uses as an index, the unique nature of an artist’s approach in an environment which is globalized, featuring similar problems and circumstances.
The participating artists follow a specific working process both in terms of method and end result. They are asked to imagine and to realize an intervention on a public wall in the city where they live. Afterwards they are to photograph the intervention and submit it in the form of a poster. These posters will be exhibited at Lo and Behold’s booth at Supermarket.
Participating Artists: Bianco - Valente (Italy), Dimitris Christidis (Greece), Common Culture (UK), Guillaume Durand (France), Guerilla Girls (USA), Emma Hammarén (Sweden), Internationale Surplace (France-Germany), Lilli Kinnunen (Finland), Thanos Klonaris (Greece), Stephen Lee (Canada-England), Maria Lianou (Greece), Sanna Marander (Sweden), Eva Marathaki (Greece), Dimitra Marouda (Greece), Tanja Ostojic (Serbia-Germany), Theo Prodromidis (Greece), Luke Ralphs (UK), Erika Rothenberg (USA), Société Réaliste (France), Vasileia Stylianidou (Greece- Germany), Yorgos Taxiarchopoulos (Greece), Magnus Thierfelder (Sweden), Eugenio Tibaldi (Italy), Nikos Tranos (Greece), Andreas Voussouras (Greece).
Texts: Artemis Potamianou, Giorgos Papadatos
*OUT OF PRINT*
labZine #1 After the Rage
labZine issue #1 After the Rage
Lo and Behold presents the video screening program After the Rage, which will take place from 08 to 14 December at Beton7 Center for the Arts.
After the rage is a video screening project taking place over 7 days which will feature the work of artists from Arab countries and the Arab diaspora.
In selecting these artists, the project seeks to draw attention to the geo-cultural conditions that have emerged in the past year, what the media termed the “Arab Spring”, thereby predetermining its eventual course. The end purpose here is not to come up with regional clusterings or to look for national and religious stereotypes, nor is it to locate geo-strategic blueprints and power relations.
It is, rather, to reveal the symbolic dimension of this reordering of societies, which is taking place through the mobilization of a massive part of their nexus, despite the heterogeneous, contradictory and, often, violent means involved.
The search for these experiences, directly or otherwise, in the work of Arab artists, not as a mere chronicle in a linear relationship to events or future possibilities, but as a framework, whose common thread is the “adversity condition”, is especially relevant for contemporary visual art production in Greece, a society dealing with equally peculiar conditions, albeit of different origin.
Participating artists: Ahmed AlSaer, Basma AlSharif, Kader Attia, Ismail Bahri, Taysir Batniji, Mounir Fatmi, Khaled Hafez, Lamia Joreige, Maha Maamoun, Walid Raad, Larissa Sansour.
Texts: Charlotte Bank, Ilias Marmaras
*OUT OF PRINT*
labZine #0 PIGS Case
labZine issue #0 PIGS Case
The project PIGS Case, with which Lo and Behold participated in Supermarket Art Fair 2011, is an exhibition of small-scale works, all of which together fit into a suitcase. The works, by artists from the European countries with faltering economies (the so-called PIGS: Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain), convey a sense of the personal item which one takes along on a trip, or even when emigrating overseas. The project references Duchamp’s “Boîte-en-Valise”, a carrying-case containing photographs and miniature replicas of his most important pieces, which he created initially during WWII to preserve his work for posterity in a time of crisis and in the event that he had to flee abroad.
Participating Artists: Rebecca Agnes, Wolfgang Berkowski, Sarah Dwyer, Eirene Efstathiou, Paul Ekaitz, Vitor Espalda, Seamus Farrell, Takis Germenis, Leonidas Giannakopoulos, Dimitris Gizinos, Fotini Gouseti, Yiannis Grigoriadis, Chris Hawtin, Domenico Mangano, Yiannis Melanitis, Giorgos Papadatos, Nikos Papadimitriou, Iris Plaitakis, Artemis Potamianou, Alexandros Psychoulis, Noé Sendas, Martim Ake Smith-Mattsson, Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Italo Zuffi
Texts: Yiannis Grigoriadis, Yiannis Isidorou, Iris Plaitakis and Lina Kassari.
*OUT OF PRINT*
Fear Φόβος ['fovos]
Fear Φόβος ['fovos]
The exhibition explores the increase of individual fears and their currency in the present socio-political circumstances, and it considers the historicity of fear. At the same time, it attempts to introduce a framework of reflexion on personal fears as they are delineated in visual arts.
The practices of response to fear, also, are not always explicit, ranging from opposition, enforcement and occupation to defence, shrinking and withdrawal. In this respect, when personal fears constitute the raw material of artistic creation, they are documented as images of decorum, normality or ambivalence, while in other instances they are articulated as forms of conflict, anxiety and violence.
Participating Artists: Vanessa Anastasopoulou, Alexandre Arrechea, Nikos Arvanitis, Sarah Dwyer, Vangelis Gokas, Sifis Lykakis, Ciprian Muresan, Clement Page, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Amie Siegel.
Texts: Theofilos Tramboulis, Evangelia Ledaki, Nikos Papadimitriou.
Space is the Place
Space is the Place
In the exhibition, Space is the Place, the new alternative exhibition venue provides an opportunity for a dialogue through which to define and explore the notion of space from different visual approaches, both morphologically and conceptually.
Architectural space, space as defined in relation to the body, geo-cultural identity, the ‘uncanny’ and the presentation/ description of a utopian space are the thematic areas to be explored in this exhibition.
Participating Artists: Wolfgang Berkowski, Erik Binder, Marko Blazo, Yiannis Grigoriadis, Thanos Klonaris, Alexandros Psychoulis, Christoph RaitmayrIoannis Savvidis, Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Magnus Thierfelder, Rui Toscano, Italo Zuffi
Text: Artemis Potamianou
This catalogue was shortlisted for the 2011 EVGE (Greek Graphic Desing and Illustration) Awards.