15 x 76  Contemporary Greek Artists

a virtual exhibition by Dogma Athens

featuring works by Alexandra Anagnostopoulou, Dimosthenis Bogiatzis, Stella Christofi, Giannis Efthimiou, Melina Fakitsa Mosland, Niki Gulema, Antonis Kapnisis, Konstantinos Kotsis, Ilektra Maipa, Thanos Makris, Eleanna Martinou, George Pastakas, Tolis Tatolas, George Tourlas, Vea

Curated by the Dogma Athens team

 

With this exhibition, we aim to introduce interesting works by contemporary artists living and working in Greece. In light of the restrictions imposed due to the recent pandemic, it has been a very hard time for artists to showcase their work. This exhibition aspires to go against the norm of visiting a physical space to view art: art will come to the spectator with just a few clicks, while anyone interested can see the works in the flesh upon request.

The exhibition was designed in an all-virtual environment, with the help of the Greek platform Artsteps, in order to enable viewers to see the works from the comfort of their own private space. These are presented as digital images scaled to their real proportions on the walls of the virtual venue. The visitor may click on them to magnify the images and receive information on each artwork. All of them are available for purchase here.

The exhibition takes place in two connected virtual rooms. Visitors may choose how to navigate: either by following the suggested tour through guide points or to walk freely by clicking around.

In the first room, to the right of the entrance, the tour starts with the “Digitised” series by Konstantinos Kotsis, whose subject is one of the most common elements of contemporary reality: an A4-size paper sheet. The works bring into question the artistic gesture of such a common object that refers to archiving, through digital processing and distortion. Works by Antonis Kapnisis are next, which draw from Michel Foucault’s theory on existence within a space. Their central theme is spirituality as a higher concept, as well as the dipole of real and imaginary, creating masterful images of spiritual non-places. Stella Christofi comes next, who, in her turn, reinterprets in an abstract manner the perception of a natural place as a space, affected by weather conditions. In relation to natural landscapes, Ilektra Maipa addresses a similar subject, focusing on mountains as a place of spiritual alleviation through wandering and movement. The human body participates in her work to such a degree, that it becomes part of the natural environment on a symbolical level and corporality becomes the main subject. Moving from the landscape to the human figure as a subject, works by Giannis Efthimiou follow, presenting contemporary images of people and familiar spaces, with an abstract and gestural use of ink and watercolours, while his technique draws heavily from modern artistic tradition. Equally modernistic and gestural, George Pastakas depicts the elusive in the mythological themes of the Greek past and the poetry of Konstantinos Kavafi. The use of bright and various colours in his works were visually linked to the paintings by Vea, that express the reaction of the artist to global phenomena, such as the financial crisis of 2008, as well as personal experiences, such as frequent relocations. Volatility as fluidity and dreaminess are central themes also in Melina Fakitsa-Mosland’s “Blue of Distance” series. Through eight monochromatic works, she narrates stories of the summer near the beach: stories initially conscious, then surrealistically coded and subconsciously crystalised. The theme of the Greek summer is also featured in Alexandra Anagnostopoulou’s works, photography processed through silkscreen techniques that looks like pictures-memories of a dreamy natural place, scenes of happiness and innocence.

In the next room, the tour starts with work by Tolis Tatolas. The central theme here is the contemporary city and the urban experience. The multi-faceted artist uses different techniques to transmit the experiential feel of cities throughout the world, without naming them. A contemporary “archaeology” and archiving through visual “notes” during imaginary, mnemonic and real explorations is attempted then by Thanos Makris. In a romantic way, these “notes” are charged with the delicate and fragile poetic spirit of melancholy. This romantic view by Markis is juxtaposed to that of Niki Gulema of the sky and freedom through alleviation. The final “destinations” of Gulema are full of light, colour and life. On a similar wave-length “vibrate” the colourful explosions of Eleanna Martinou, compositions with technical, urban, sociological and cosmic references. Martinou’s works are images of the future or of the present looking toward the future. Colour as a key element in the works of Dimosthenis Bogiatzis serves, on the other hand, a primitive and spiritual perception of the cosmos, almost “annulling” the intense materiality of his highly manual practice. However, recognizable images of Western culture also emerge through his chromatic “weavings”, figures that are part of the subject of symbols and religious rituals, in an almost satirical, however, way. An undermining and transformation of the human figure is then achieved by George Tourlas, with his grotesque scenes of human interaction, potential body-horror images, which could be reality itself.