The main section of the fair spreads in the main spaces of Zappeion Mansion, where local and international galleries present their booths.

a.antonopoulou.art (Athens), Agathi Kartalos (Athens), Alibi (Athens), Alma Contemporary Art Gallery (Athens-Trikala), Anna Pappas Gallery (Melbourne), Argo Gallery (Athens), Αrt Appel Gallery (Athens), Arusha Gallery (Edinburgh), Astrolavos Art Galleries (Athens), Cheapart (Athens), Citronne Gallery (Athens-Poros), Crux Galerie (Athens), Donopoulos International Fine Arts (Thessaloniki), ekfrasi-yianna grammatopoulou (Athens), Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery (Athens), Eleni Koroneou Gallery (Athens), EPsilon Art Gallery (Loutraki), Evripides Art Gallery (Athens), Gallery “7” (Athens), ArtPrisma (Pireaus), Gallery d’ Arte (New Jersey) Genesis Gallery (Athens), i-D Projectart (Athens), Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti (Athens), Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center (Athens), Kalfayan Galleries (Athens-Thessaloniki), kaplanon5 art gallery (Athens), Mihalarias Art (Athens), Papatzikou Gallery (Veria), PeriTechnon Karteris (Athens), Renatino Gallery (Nicosia), Skoufa Gallery (Athens), Skoufa Gallery Mykonos (Mykonos), Τechnohoros Art Gallery (Athens), The Breeder (Athens), Zina Athanassiadou Gallery (Thessaloniki). 

The Future is Now? 

For a second year, independent curator Katerina Nikou, invites significant individuals from the international art community – museum directors, curators, art historians – to join Art Athina 2019’s TALKS program. Central axis of this year’s program is the question “The Future is Now?”, following the structure of the previous year, setting questions within the international discourse of the art scene.

In 2018, we developed topics related to the non-profit and commercial spaces in Athens from 2000 onwards, the role of the artists as curators, the philosophy behind a curatorial and the exchange of knowledge between art and the audience. In the same spirit, this year we invite the public to attend a series of curated talks, attempting to evaluate the past but also contemplate the vastness of the future. In the contemporary era, where time serves as an acceleration machine, we have no choice but to consider the present as the very short future. Concurrently, we try to react to the needs of a global rhetoric and to create singular moments for the previous, current and future generations. 

We feel the need to challenge and increase knowledge considering that art has an aspect of stimulus, in terms of that art should be revolutionary. From the onset, Art Athina has been a solid organization in the city’s art scene, and since its foundation invests on the intelligence of the public. Furthermore, it creates various social spaces where many people gather and interact. Consequently, this year we introduce a number of themes that we think are still important and essential to contemporary conditions.

Program

Saturday 14/09

16:00-17:00

The dynamic field of contemporary culture in Thessaloniki

Orestis Andreadakis, Artistic Director Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Sirago Tsiara, Director of 7thThessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art & Director of MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Collections of Macedonian Contemporary Art & State Museum Collection of Contemporary Art

Thouli Misirloglou, Artistic Advisor & Coordinator of the Artistic Programme of Dimitria 2019, Head of Department of Collections at MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Collections of Macedonian Contemporary Art & State Museum Collection of Contemporary Art

18:00-19:00

Is there a strategy for contemporary culture within the country?

Nikolas Giatromanolakis, General Secretary Contemporary Culture HMCS

Stamatia Dimitrakopoulou, Artistic Director, Art Athina

Katerina Limperopoulou, Journalist, the toc & moderator

19:00-20:00

Reflections on curating (talk in English)

Marina Fokidis, Curator, writer, Athens, Greece

Severin Dünser, Curator of contemporary art, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria

(curator, moderator Katerina Nikou) 

Sunday 15/09

19:30-20:30 

The contribution of private museums and institutions in the contemporary art scene

Afroditi Gonou, Advisor of contemporary art programme, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece

Afroditi Panagiotakou, Director of Culture of the Onassis Foundation, USA, Greece

Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Associate professor of Architecture at the University of Thessaly, Greece and Artistic advisor to DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

(curator, moderator Katerina Nikou)

Monday 16/09

18:00-19:00

Presentation of the educational programme of the Hellenic Art Galleries Association and the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation within the framework of Art Athina 2019

Meni Strongyli, The J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, Athens, Greece

Katerina Nikou, curator & coordinator of the educational programme, Art Athina

Angeliki Antonopoulou, a.antonopoulou.art gallery

Nikos Arvanitis, visual artist

and the participating students of Athens School of Fine Art

(curator, moderator Katerina Nikou)

 

100% Risk, 100% Trust: Towards A New Visual Performance 

LIVE is a performance program by visual artists fueled by the participating galleries of Art Athina 2019, as well as independent artists, and will take place throughout the duration of the art fair in multiple sites at Zappeion Mansion. 

LIVE is a three-day programming initiative, curated by Sozita Goudouna, that showcases “New Visual Performance” experimentation and liveness and their implications for cultural production. 

Welcoming the diversity within performance practice and the creative industries this year’s edition sheds light on the evolution of theatricality from its origin in the theatre to its present use in other art forms and focuses on collaborative practices between historic visual artists that have experimented with performance and emerging artists. 

Context 

Contemporary live art and durational performance are often predicated on the perpetuation of dominant narratives with regards to what the medium of performance can be or become. 

LIVE aims to unfold and challenge these narratives by inviting visual artists who haven’t experimented with the medium of performance or with performative artistic practices, as well as visual artists who have explored the legacy of performance and who attempt to construct a different visual and interdisciplinary future for the medium. 

LIVE aims to scrutinize both the visual and aesthetic potential of the notion of performativity, especially in the context of a contemporary art fair as well as of the Athenian cultural milieu. 

Sozita Goudouna employs Performa NY Biennial’s unofficial mantra “100% risk, 100% trust” to highlight the profound commitment to giving visual artists full confidence and the risk that this practice entails for commissioning and producing visionary time-based pieces by artists who haven’t yet experimented with liveness. 

Performances in Undisclosed Time 

Pop-up parallel visual performances are taking place at various spaces of Zappeion mansion in undisclosed time with the participation of visual artists, dancers, actors, and directors. 

Klitsa Antoniou

Throwing the Stone

Skoufa Gallery

The work takes as its starting point Meyerhold’s 1, Biomechanics 2 exercise, “Throwing the Stone” (exact duration 1.32 minutes). Exploiting theoretical and historical research processes (that have informed this work), Antoniou contends that Meyerhold’s revolutionary idea, irrespective of the idealism that accompanied his conception, provokes many searing questions about an individual’s chronicle, lingering between an art revolution and a social revolution.

Commissioned, originally, in 2017 by the Museum of St. Petersburg, to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Russian Revolution. For the Athens Performance, a dancer will be performing the ACT in front of the screen.

Sofia Gaafar

Spoon Me

Alibi Gallery

A word game played by two. Visitors are seated opposite the artist and are served a bowl of tomato soup. The pasta letters spooned from the soup are then used to create a letter. Each visitor and a new word. 

Kleopatra Haritou

Mavradi

Agathi Kartalos

performers: Niki Skiadaresi, Katerina Spyropoulou

MAVRADI is a performance concerning the beautification of human fascism towards nature.

Marion Inglessi

Vertebrae

ekfrasi – yianna grammatopoulou

The fresh imprint left by the repetitive kneading gesture of fingers, knuckles, knees, and thighs upon soft clay. Brief, exact, pleasurable movements, small at first, intimate, they develop and expand to include the entire body. The ‘negative’ clay elements thus produced form the vertebrae of another body.

Eleni Mylonas

SeaMonster Monk

Cheapart

The live art project SeaMonster Monk is an audiovisual soliloquy on the deep grief that overtakes the artist when she encounters the continued destruction threatening every life on the planet.

Nikos Papadopoulos

Perpetual 2015

Crux Galerie

Performative action and markers on canvas 50x40cm

Video Duration: 4.29 minutes

This video was created during the artist’s residency at CERN in Geneva. 

Explosions and paths of particles in space in the form of a dot are visualized in the mediaLAb in front of an 8-meter-long screen. There the artist sets up the easel and a dialogue between his design and his digital dot. The residency was sponsored by the Onassis Stegi following a competition.

Lina Pigadioti

Live Ready made

Skoufa Gallery

The live action intends to engage visitors in an interactive participation employing the media and materials handled by the artist (canvas, paper, acrylic, stencils, paper and photo collages, scraps, readymades etc.) as a vocabulary of that particular visual expression. 

George Stamatakis / Rafika Chawishe

On – PrEP

Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre

The performance aims to open a platform of dialogue and raise questions about the most current treatment against HIV called PrEP. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at very high risk of getting HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every single day.  In a plastic fake garden, through symbolism the performers will try to seed the questions that have been raised from this new reality. Is PrEP creating a moral dilemma and why? Is our biggest fear eventually defeated?  Who responds to the stigma that can be a deterrent to receiving it?

Chrysanne Stathacos

Secret Feminist Actions

The Breeder

Secret Time

Secret Place

Angelos Skourtis

The Future Is Very Slow

ekfrasi – yianna grammatopoulou

The artist tied all over his body together with a neoclassical pillar at Zappeion Mansion and having its head covered with a Greek flag that features the statement “The Future is Long Overdue.” The viewers receive the multiple ramification of the performance with regards the relationship that contemporary Greeks have with their past and future.

Lydia Venieri

Chessboard Chess

i-D PROJECTART

Pieces are placed in Zappeion Mansion. The diameter of the base of the works matches the size of the tiles. The red pawns represent the Western Android Army of the Sun and the black pawns represent the Army of the Moon and it’s Eastern Amazons. The game is played in teams.

Lydia Venieri

Tarot of Love

i-D PROJECTART

Inside a tent the artist will publicly analyze the cards she devised based on the strategy of love intelligence.

Dimitri Vassilakis quartet accompanies the live action with his piece “Pasiphae”. 

Yioula Xatzigeorgiou

The Calm

Renatino Gallery

In her performance The Calm, artist Yioula Chadjigeorgiou is a woman agonizingly seeking to set herself free from the heavy burden she carries. The thick overcoat she wears, its inside pockets filled with sand, symbolizes the exhausting physical and psychological load that ‘lies heavy on her back’ for years, ‘the one that crashes every mortal’ and that she now attempts to leave behind. Her task is not easy; with endurance and repetitive movements, Chadjigeorgiou performs an intense ‘ritual’ towards liberation. 

Independent Live Projects                       

Despoina Chatzipavlidou

Clockwise, without her physical presence

Performance, part of Eva Koliopantou and Despoina Chatzipavlidou’s “Αιδ-ως-δυο” project. The main themes of the material relate to pornography, social media, the female body, eroticism and the queer element. This presentation is part of the material and is a hybrid way of presenting a work of art.

Chryssa Dourgounaki

The Obstacle

The Orator is able to address an audience upon a variety of subjects. Eloquence is an expressive linguistic tool that one can cultivate in order to overcome the difficulty of exposing oneself in public.

Eva Giannakopoulou

Α Proposal for a Female Labour Monument

On August 30, 1918, in front of a Moscow factory, Fanny Kaplan – a Russian revolutionary – fired three shots at Vladimir Lenin. One missed, two didn’t. After the incident she was taken into custody and she was interrogated. 

Years later, three Albanian women work under terms of exhausting workloads in a restaurant, coping with precarious labour disciplines.

Delia Gonzalez

FROM HERE TIL ETERNITY

Nostalgia, traces of childhood dispersed. Lost intuition or is it? The narrative intact with spontaneity emerging with vengeance unfolding the genius of our egos. Intellect stimulates as stories unravel. There are no questions only dancers. FROM HERE TIL ETERNITY 

Performance by Delia Gonzalez with Vivi Brakoumatsou

Costume by Remember fashion

Iris Karayan

MUTATE

MUTATE is based on the dance performance Unauthorised (2019) created by Iris Karayan. A compilation of pop video clips, YouTube videos of Muhammad Ali and John McEnroe are copied, cut up and rehashed creating a choreographic score that alters and transforms narratives and meanings. 

Odette Kouzou

Feed me

Feed me is a live performance, part of the artist’s ongoing research on the relations enacted through the act of eating within the Greek family and further society. Food is already highly charged with affect and meaning, since it serves not only for nutritional reasons, but as a mean of emotional transmission. 

In this work, the spectator is asked to feed the performer, who is sitting on a served table, in order to consider the affect of this kind of interaction. How do we pass emotions through the performance of sharing food?

Aliki Krikidi

Emaki – Aucun Oubli n’est pas Innocent

The action affects memory as time suspensions in temporary spaces. Movement of tactile transitions into physical surfaces.

Mind The Fact (Ioanna Valsamidou/ Yolanda Markopoulou)

Lucky Strike

The narratives of global societies are changing.  Globalization, digitalization and nationalism will implement new challenges on easy-money-making. To what extent are we part of an automatic process of producing wealth in comfort? Are we really free-will to choose the extent of our involvement in the uprising gambling era?  And is there something to understand for ourselves, if we look closer to those who lost, not only property, but also identity? The participants and the public will interact in a game of exploration around the meanings of materialism, war, escape, and otherness. The performance includes documentary material from the long-term artistic project that was initiated in 2015 by Mind The Fact (Ioanna Valsamidou, Yolanda Markopoulou) and a group of people that were occupied with excessive gambling in the past. 

Mariela Nestora

Choreographing Liveness 

A series of undisclosed actions.

Hara Piperidou

Performative reading: Bataille and Jalaluddin Rumi          

“Amor-logie plus éloignée” is a combination of love stories – based on texts by George Bataille (“Madame Eduarda” / “Eroticism”) and poems by Jalaluddin Rumi (“The Beloved”) – and composes a scenery of confession and extinction of the self. Embodied in the cloak of imaginative wordplay, this “Erotology” wishes to exude an otherworldly aura.

Soundscape: Nikos Vittis

Panos Sklavenitis

How to be seen (and heard) 4 / The poetics of failure

Performed by: Thanos Ghikas, Markella Ksilogiannopoulou, Ilias Tafaruci, Tania Varveri

How to be seen (and heard) is a project on the politics of artistic visibility and the poetics of failure, consisting of a series of – initially doomed to fail – self-promoting actions.

Anna Tzakou

Encounters without division: a durational performance                

About a meeting with oneself, the other and the space. There is no outside eye. There is no narrative. We do not talk about anything or anyone.  What takes place is only the noticing and the direct experience: how in tune with the present are we; what exists between bodies when they look for an understanding that goes beyond words?

Concept, facilitation, performance: Anna Tzakou 

Guest-performance artists: Antonis Antoniou, Neli Poulopoulou, Despoina Chatzipavlidou.

Guitar-soundscapes: Vassilis Tzavaras

Video design: Erato Tzavara.

Few things define the greek summer as much as open-air cinemas. Inside the historic Zappeion Garden, Aegli is the oldest summer cinema in Athens having been in operation since 1903. Its verdant garden echoing the old charm will be hosting the VIDEO section of Art Athina with a special video screening that will be presented on the last night of the art fair, as a finnissage of the year-long activities of Art Athina 2019. 

The screening is curated by Art Athina Artistic Director, Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos. It involves video works selected from Daata Editions, a platform that commissions artist videos, sound, poetry and web to a new generation of artists who work with moving image and sound, DESTE Foundation, independent art spaces, as well as Greek and international artists. 

The screening will take place at Aegli open-air cinema on Monday, September 16th at 9pm.

Entry is free.

Participants

Independent artists

Andreas Angelidakis, Vasilis Karouk, Dionisis Kavallieratos  & Sifis Lykakis, Aggelos Papadimitriou, Maria Papadimitriou, Rena Papaspirou, Angelo Plessas,Poka-Yio, Despina Sevasti, Jannis Varelas.

Daata Editions

Peter Burr, Jacky Connolly, Jeremy Couillard, Keren Cytter, Tracey Emin, Rosie McGinn, Tin Ojeda, Scott Reeder, Básica TV, Amalia Ulman, Chloe Wise, Toby Ziegler.

DESTE Foundation

Loukia Alavanou, Haris Epaminonda, Athina Rachel Tsangari

Independent spaces

Haus N with Valinia Svoronou, Hypercomf with Hypercomf & Demode Video Cinema, Radio Athènes with Eleni Bagaki

Video sequence

Keren Cytter
Cooking Tutorial (01:00)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Jannis Varelas
The Noodle Eater (09:00)

Scott Reeder
Birds (03:05)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Andreas Angelidakis
Athens Trilogy: Troll (05:27)

Andreas Angelidakis
Athens Trilogy: Casino (06:44)

Jeremy Couillard
Suite of Absynth in D minus (13:50)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Jacky Connolly
Anemia (03:31)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Rena Papaspyrou
Constellations (12:27)
Courtesy of the artist and Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery

Angelo Plessas
Talismania (05:18)

Poka-Yio
Mindfulness (09:33)

SERAPIS
I Am You Hope (06:56)

Rosie McGinn
God is a DJ (02:46)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Loukia Alavanou
Eruption of the Father (03:00)
Private collection

Toby Ziegler
The Genesis Speech (01:58)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Aggelos Papadimitriou
Aggelos Meets the Gang (02:45)

Valinia Svoronou
The Intelligence
of a Careful Undressing
(10:56)
Courtesy of the artist and Haus N

Peter Burr
Drop City (06:48)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Vasilis Karouk
Reverie (12:53)

Amalia Ulman
White Flag Emoji 1 (00:04)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Tin Ojeda
New Age Let Down (03:44)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Maria Papadimitriou
Laboratory Antigone (Rotobolo) (02:09)

Tracey Emin
I Can’t Love Anymore (03:42)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Haris Epaminonda Nemesis 52 (14:00)
Private collection

Hypercomf & Demode Video Cinema
Deca-octo (09:23)
Courtesy of HYPERDVC

Jacky Connolly
Alexithymia (03:10)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Despina Sevasti
Skyride (07:53)

Aggelos Papadimitriou
Young Man (00:90)

Básica TV
Cena (Dinner) (00:41)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Andreas Angelidakis
Athens Trilogy: Walking building (04:32)

Keren Cytter
Terrorist of Love (03:26)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Scott Reeder
Unfriending Your Parents (03:13)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Dionysis Kavallieratos & Sifis Lykakis
Artistique (01:10)

Chloe Wise
We Had a Traumatic Three-way (01:01)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Básica TV
Netflix (00:31)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Eleni Bagaki
A Book, a Film and a Soundtrack (30:31)
Courtesy of the artist and Radio Athènes
© Eleni Bagaki

Jacky Connolly
Anhedonia (03:31)
Courtesy of the artist and Daata Editions

Athina Rachel Tsangari
The Capsule (35:00)
Private collection

The educational program “Art Athina – We are the future” is organized by non-profit International Social Organization for Contemporary Art and Culture, KROMA, designed for children (6-years-old and above), tenagers and their parents/ carerers. 

The expanded program consists of more than 10 workshops with Art in various forms. Painting, doodle art, constructions, collage, mosaic, mystery game, engraving, are just some of the activities that participants will engage in, developing their artistic skills and imagination. Workshops implementation is held by experienced artists, educators, writers, researchers and cultural groups.

Participation is free of charge.

Schedule

Saturday 14/09

 12:30 – 14:30: Farewell Anatolia – A Mystery Game in Bloody Soils – Challedu inclusion | games | education

 14:30 – 15:30: The lines have a soul too – Dimitri Kaliviotis

 15:30 – 17:30: The Ballerina Who Didn’t Dance – Elpida Minadaki, Author & Vassilis Thalassinos, Artist.

 17:30 – 18:30: Interculturalism and Fiction – Vasiliki Petsa,PhD Comparative Literature and author.

 18:30 – 19:30: Origami and the Environment – Katerina Tenar Tenaridou Artist / Teacher.

 Sunday 15/09

 12:30 – 14:00: My Mosaic Letter – Lydia Papadopoulou, Mosaicist

 14:00 – 15:00: Fluid Landscapes – Ageliki Bobori, Artist / Teacher

 15:30 – 15:45 &  15:45 – 16:30: Doodle Battles / What is Art? – Imaginary Rooms aka Manolis Rtmone & Nadia Nasta / Creative studio

 16:30 – 17:30: Thomas and Pablo together for the kids – Christina Kontogeorgou, Artist

 17:30 – 18:30: Letters and Colors – Tereza Ko Teresa Kontogeorgou, Artist

Art Athina’s activities spread beyond the duration of the fair, within initiatives that run all-year-round. 

Educational Program

The Hellenic Art Galleries Association and the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, within the framework of Art Athina, carried out for the second time the educational programme on the course of the artwork. The programme, based on the idea of Art Athina’s art director, Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos, was successfully organised for the first time in the history of the fair last year and was repeated this year under the direction of curator Katerina Nikou. 

The programme is addressed to students of the Athens School of Fine Arts, visual artists and theoreticians, and aims to inform, inspire, and prepare their introduction to the art world. Students are invited to meet with the artwork, learning the process from production to exposure. The programme consists of two sections, visits to studios of artists and visits to galleries. 

During the 2018-2019 artistic season, seven double meetings were held, in artists’ studios, and then in the galleries representing them in Athens. 

Αrt Athina Workspace

Art Athina continues for a second year the international two-month artist residency, with the support of the Municipality of Athens and Athens Culture Net. Through Art Athina Workspace two artists, Neil Raitt from the United States and Dale Lewis from Britain were invited to spend four weeks in Athens seeking inspiration in the city and creating the works that were presented at the international program of Art Athina Summer Pop Up. 

Art Athina Open Studios

For one Saturday each month, from January to May 2019, Art Athina invites the Young Patrons of the Museum of Cycladic Art to studio visits with artists represented by the participating galleries of the fair. Art Athina Open Studios offers a unique opportunity to the Young Patrons to meet the artists in their working environment and familiarize with their practice.