HEAD2HEAD Reykjavík  
opening weekend 11 - 13th of October 2024 

Kling&Bang        Gallery Port         Á milli         The Living Art Museum                       Reykjavik Association of Sculptors      

  Phenomenon Gallery        Gallerí Kannski                                Gallery Underpass         OPEN in the Nordic House              Associate Gallery

HEAD2HEAD Athens 2021                                     FESTIVAL MAP  

   ΎΛΗ[matter]HYLE        Stoa 42         KEIV       Backspace       PS:         One Minute Space 

Sunday Narratives (FAC)             Eight/To ΟΧΤΩ        3 137             Space52        Zoetrope        

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A - DASH is teaming up with the 20 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 bilateral exhibition project Head2Head 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 is taking place in Athens in 5 - 14th of November 2021, where Greek based artists will be paired with Icelandic based artists exhibiting together in various artist-run spaces in Athens. The project reaches its first peak on the opening weekend 5 - 6 - 7th of November 2021, 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 to be announced 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 2024; besides the curatorial partner Kling & Bang, The Living Art Museum, Open, Gallery Port, Reykjavik Association of Sculptors/ Reykjavik Sculpture Garden, Phenomenon Gallery, Á milli, Gallery Kannski and Gallery Underpass.

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 list of artist run spaces in Athens participating are; ΎΛΗ[matter]HYLE, Stoa 42, KEIV, Backspace, PS:, One Minute Space, Sunday Narratives (FAC), Eight/To ΟΧΤΩ , 3 137, Space52 and Zoetrope.

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.  

The list of artists participating in Athens 2021 are; Almar Atlason, Alexandra Saliba, Andreas Brunner, Anastasis Palagis Meletis with Flora Vavoula, Anna Papathanasiou, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Eleni Papazoglou, Elísabet Brynhildardóttir, Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Erica Scourti, Eva Ísleifs, Florence Lam, Giorgos Tserionis, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson, Konstantinos Kotsis, Konstantinos Giotis, Kosmas Nikolaou, Logi Leó Gunnarsson, Marina Velisioti, Nikulás Stefán Nikulásson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rakel McMahon, Rebecca Erin Moran, Sara Riel, T. Ross, Selma Hreggviðsdóttir, Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson, Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson, Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir, Sigurður Ámundason, Una Margrét Árnadóttir, Una Björg Magnúsdóttir, Ólöf Helga Helgadóttir, Örn Alexander Ámundason, Vasilis Zarifopoulos, VASKOS (Vassilis Noulas and Kostas Tzimoulis) , Yorgia Karidi and Yorgos Yatromanolakis.

All graphic design is by Karlopoulos&Associates 2021.

The HEAD2HEAD team are: Elísabet Brynhildardóttir, Eva Ísleifs, Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Rúrí Sigríðardóttir Kommata, Selma Hreggviðsdóttir and Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir.

Project assistance: Sólbjört Vera Ómarsdóttir, Hugo LIanes, Katerina Spathi, Brian Wyse, Tara Njála Ingvarsdóttir, Silfrún Una Guðlaugsdóttir, Sölvi and María Sjöfn Dupuis Davíðsdóttir.

The HEAD2HEAD team appreciates its supporters for their generous funding and for making the project possible: Embassy of Iceland to Greece, Ambassador Ingibjörg Davíðsdóttir, Consulate General of Iceland in Athens, Honorary Consul General Ioannis Lyberopoulos, EEA Grants, Icelandic Art Center, Icelandic Visual Arts Fund and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

HEAD2HEAD wants to thank Rafn Alexander Sigurðsson, Þórir Ibsen, Ingibjörg Davíðsdóttir and Karí Jónsdóttir.