HEAD to HEAD
19 - 27th of September 2020
The bilateral exhibition project Head to Head connects the two dynamic and ever expanding visual art scenes of Athens, Greece and Reykjavik, Iceland. The project aspires to connect artists and artist-run venues in both places, building bridges and networks through an artistic dialog and exhibition exchange.
The initial phase of the project will be taking place in Athens in September 2020, where Greek artists will be paired with Icelandic artists exhibiting together in various artist-run spaces in Athens. The project reaches its first peak on the opening week; the 19th - 27th September, where a variety of exhibitions, performances and events will take place in spaces and venues all over Athens.
The second phase of the project will take place in Reykjavík in the fall of 2022 with a parallel exhibition program in various artist-run exhibition spaces around Reykjavik, bringing Greek artists to Iceland and connecting them with the local art scene, both artists, curators, collectors and venues. The following artist-run initiatives and institutions have confirmed their participation in 2022; besides the curatorial partner Kling & Bang, The Living Art Museum, Museum of Perceptive Art, Open, Gallery Port, Midpunkt, Reykjavik Association of Sculptors/ Reykjavik Sculpture Garden.
The driving force of these two art scenes is their artist-run community. Both Athens and Reykjavík have an astounding amount of artist-run initiatives and exhibition spaces that fuel their dynamic and vibrant art scenes. This distinct culture is not typical in a global context and should be celebrated. As they are often the result of DIY approaches within an artist society that have gone through changes within their social and political landscape. The exhibitions will open during the week 19th - 27th of September, a core schedule will be released detailing the events and happenings that will open in symphony with each other creating a robust synchronicity between the spaces, mainly to highlight the projects already recognised dialog and collaboration.
The artist-run Greek exhibition space A - DASH in teaming up with the 16 year old artist-run exhibition space Kling & Bang from Iceland to connect the two artist-run scenes and create this bilateral-exhibition project, connecting and strengthening the relationships between the two cities and their art scenes.
THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
All the selected visual artists are making their mark on contemporary visual art today in Athens and Reykjavik as well as on an international basis. The selection process emphasises on creating multiple layers of collaboration and connections. This is why we have chosen this system of pairing and an emphasis on artist and venue dialogue. Each of the venues will choose artists they see fit to the criteria of the project. The artists that will be chosen for the project will be evaluated on the basis of his/her relevance in relation to the emerging dialog and openness to collaboration with other artists. We invite artists to create new work in relation to the site-specific nature of the project and our aim is that the Greek and the Icelandic artists that show together enter into a dialogue about their work and weave between them a relationship and possible collaborative piece.
ABOUT THE COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS & VENUES (GR)
The collaborative partners are artist run initiatives in the heart of Athens Greece. The spaces were all founded by artists and are currently being run with short and long exhibition programs. Each space has a coordinator that we work with in relation to the project.
Run by Konstantinos Lianos
Keiv is an artist-run space founded by Konstantinos Lianos (GR). It is located in Athens, in the neighborhood of Agios Pavlos. Keiv is an artist-run space created by Constantine Lianos. It is located in Athens, in the neighborhood of Agios Pavlos. While mainly being a personal studio, its aim is to open to the public several times during the year and to host creative artistic works and ideas, in a non-profit context.
Run by Georgia Sagri & Georgios Papadopoulos
Ύλη[matter]HYLE is a semi public, semi personal space in the center of Athens, at Omonia that aims to bring together art, politics and sciences as if their coexistence is a new undisciplined field of thought, action and living, yet without knowing its name. It ́s run by Georgia Sagri (GR) and Georgios Papadopoulos (GR). Although discussions regarding Ύλη[matter]HYLE between artists, activists and scientists who live in Athens and internationally, started through the building of its virtual platforms in 2013, its physical manifestation took place in the spring of 2015. 'Υλη[matter]HYLE is not supported by any private institution, state organization or the municipality of the city of Athens. Ύλη[matter]HYLE is an independent organism of people, animals, machines and ideas. In greek the word 'Υλη sounds like hyle and in english it means matter. Hyle’s websites hyle.gr and hyle.mobi gather and share knowledge, interactions, news and discussions in the form of a textual transmitter and receiver that is distributed freely and ongoing.
Run by Katerina Botsari & Eleanna Balesi
Backspace is an experimental space for visual arts run by Katerina Botsari (GR). Based on a studio/lab in Polyviou 6 behind Kallidromiou Street in Exarchia, it aims to host for more or less 10 days, every 2 months, art projects, installations, music events and talks of new artists to bring art in everyday life as a common good, a tool for inter-connection, a field to explore new boundaries.
Run by Angelo Plessas
P.E.T Projects is a new art space in the vibrant and multicultural area of Kypseli, Athens founded by artist Angelo Plessas (GR). A “pet project” is usually one that an individual selects to do out of interest and not a duty, the choice to pursue a project out of desire and inspiration. So our aim to our programme is experimentation in a welcoming space forming symbiotic relationships both within the local and international community through exhibitions, workshops, art-residencies, and different practices. The influence of trans-humanist practices and their alchemic technologies will be a central theme in the programme. P.E.T Projects promotes art that is both visually and intellectually stimulating but also acts as a place to rethink the politics of exhibition-making. The programme will span from four to six projects yearly both at the main venue (Kerkyras 87, Kypseli) and outdoors with public art projects around the neighborhood. Our rigorous program aims to present artists and various cultural practitioners at all stages of their careers commissioning, mentoring and “shelter” them.
Run by Augustus Veinoglou, Zoi Moutsokou, Maria Dialektaki
The residency began as a creative and research platform for Scottish based artists to come and work in Athens in order to engage with the thriving local artist community. Since 2018 Snehta acquired a non-for-profit status promoting and facilitating local and international artists through its residency, exhibitions and educational programmes in Kypseli, Athens. For the residency artists are selected through an open call who then spend two months researching in Athens under the guidance of the residency team and an established Athens based curator. Snehta also organizes a series of exhibitions and talks in response to topics that critically engage with Athens’ unique identity as a historical and social center. Alongside its art residency Snehta offers burgeoning educational programmes offering professional mentoring and technical knowledge to emerging artists who want to excel in their artistic practice. The programme is staffed by established Athens based artists with a strong and living artistic practice.
Run by Dionisis Christofilogiannis
Space52 founded by the artist Dionisis Christofilogiannis in 2017 and supports Athens based artists and continuously seeks collaborations with art spaces and professionals from abroad. Our community and network grow by facilitating collaborations, exchanges and research-based project. Space52 serves as a hub for local and international creatives, intellectuals and theoreticians. Main focus of all our engagements is the current inquiries of our growing dynamic community. Space52 is the Athens incubator of ideas and experimentations.
Run by Alexandra Saliba & Yorgos Yatromanolakis
Zoetrope is an artist-run space aiming to explore, nurture and support participatory and collaborative artistic practices with a special focus in photography, film and artist’s book. Zoetrope wishes to catalyze the creation of intimate and inclusive creative communities. Zoetrope is inhabited by images, machines, plants, prints, books, projects and ideas. Zoetrope is an ongoing experiment. A place yet to become.
Run by Maaike Stutterheim & Angel Torticollis
PS: is a vibrant and diverse collective of visual artists that aims to enhance communication between artists, art lovers and those who happen to stumble upon the work presented at PS: . We use a model of exhibition- making that focuses on the importance of facilitating artists with an open space to present their work and work-in-progress to a diverse audience. The selection of participants and projects is based on the independent, experimental and communicative attitude artists express through their work. PS: encourages surprise, flexibility, and self-organisation and offers a space to present fresh ideas and discuss their further development. PS: is not a temple but a platform that functions as a vivid laboratory with its own dynamics, making it worthwhile to visit regularly.
Run by Thodoris Prodromidis
The screening program, SUNDAY NARRATIVES, observes, along with the contribution of international artists, filmmakers, curators, thinkers and creators, the changes in the global and local society.
Run by Kiron Gaudi
Memes are like the DNA of culture, condensed units of information that evolve over time, products of the collective practices and experiences that drive and are driven by culture as it evolves. MEME exists as a site of cultural reproduction, a space for complex bodies of meaning to birth, grow, develop, and manifest in various forms.
Run by Eleni Tsopotou
Stoa 42 is a non profit, experimental cultural space with aim to support emergent artists and is run by Eleni Tsopotou. At the edge between a private and a public space, Stoa 42 invites each time one artist to show one work. A mini solo show which is open and accessible to everyone who passes by.