NATional GEOgraphic Group Exhibition

13 May – 4 June 2013
Gallery in main library of Hameenlinna, Finland

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The initial concept for this exhibition came from the fact that it would be travelling abroad.
I like it when there is a specific context in one exhibition, as well as in collective exhibitions.
But is it compatible with the predefined ways which applied up until now and concerned spectators within borders??

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is a bridging exhibition, an exhibition that explores the distinctions between geographical studies and artistic experience. It presents opinions from a wide range of media, including painting, construction and photography, and is invited to create with the way it develops aesthetics, ambiguity, poetry and acting with the experience that only art can create in the world we live in. Art has to do with the world we live in, and in this case, the perceptual space of the artists, is a landscape of memory – a picture of reality assuming the role of memory.

The exhibition explores nature and the extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface (land-motherland) and familiarizes the spectator with interpreting the landscape. This exhibition attempts to be generous, without hesitation of exposure. It attempts to be provocative and controversial, but at the same time gentle and humorous.

The exhibition has a different approach which attempts to dissipate the most dogmatic aspects of the image in order to distil the elements that could prove extreme in modern minds. In this exhibition, five artists address what this means to each one of them separately, with National Geography being the key element. The exhibition is primarily visual.

The title of the exhibition constitutes the reason to commence a spiritual process resulting in the creation and production of a series of new works of art in order to express social, cultural and political memory. The main goal of the exhibition is to explore these interrelated concepts that precede, follow and complement a wide web of causality, in a broad perspective that incorporates different contexts. Youth, maturity and diversity coexist.
The spectator does not initially know under which condition his vision with move, and most times he is faced with innovative and diverse works of art. However, with such controversial work of art, it visually creates a declaration of social and political acts regarding life, whilst other times it consists of a modern character analysis.

Stavros Kotsireas
The expressive quality is defined by the component, which can be determined by the careful manufacturing process and the random, without mathematical function, artistic gesture. The choice of materials seems equally random but also chosen with perseverance and circumspection. Without verbiage and extremities, the images that appear try to form a tactile space, or, rather, objects that create conditions of memory.

Yiannis Skoulas
Within a frame of eternity he reveals his own visual penetration. He isolates what he thinks is essential and recommends it to us, in order for us to follow him in his plastic directions, in a study of heritage and visible past.

Anna Michailidou
Her paintings are like chronicles. She captures moments, faces, relationships, situations, groups from daily routine, and presents, with the simplicity of textures and colors, it deeper dimensions. Her works exude modesty, emotion and that her “eyes” – inner and outer – began to see “properly”.

Nadia Skordopoulou
She creates symbolic landscapes and representations of the past through art. With her hermetic and silent world, she can be free – luxuriously free – experiencing, with successive and troublesome writing, her solitude and the world’s wilderness. It’s as if she is drawing emotions. As if she calms down these emotions within the curves of her paintings or as if she puts them in danger within untouched beauties, sometimes beating them or watching them get lost forever under the fluid grey.

Mary Roussioti
Personal swirling – lucid interpretation
There is ambiguity here. Realism and abstraction coexist. Realism, whilst handling her materials by calculating their acts and their marks, and abstraction because by defying logic she brings back, through small and incomprehensible objects, distant senses, lost. She transforms by colouring her life experiences and by passing from shapes to image she leads us into an endless world without boundaries of art.

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