OpenShowstudio Space invites you to two parallel exhibitions, Βound, co-curated by Sofia Touboura, Maria Lianou, Nana Sachini and Inter Alios curated by Artemis Potamianou.
These projects, although independently curated, are presented within the framework of Through the Roadblocks, a 3 year NeMe project, which will culminate in a 3 day international conference and a month long exhibition in November 2012.
Conference Organisers: NeMe, The Department of Multimedia & Graphic Arts – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.
Participating in projects: Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom.
Through the Roadblocks aims to examine the complex dynamics and often overlooked inter-connections between inclusion and exclusion, sharing and denial, identity and borders, the status of citizenship and the fundamental aporia of democracy in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The conference is planned for November 2012 when Cyprus will be the holder of the EU Presidency, which is not only a motive to examine the recent history of the divided island of Cyprus, but also to spotlight the roadblocks, whether real, implied, concealed and repressed which still exist within this region.
bound: 1. A boundary, a limit. / 2.tied / 3. to leap forward or upward; spring
Under the multiple readings of the title, Bound presents artists from the Balkan region.
Given that the issue of ever-reforming identities is constantly present in the region – where historical, racial, political, gender, artistic, ontological terms are at stake, the exhibition explores the interrelationship of participants within this reality of continuous flux, their interaction with and their attitude towards it.
Artists from different starting points and backgrounds and looking towards different directions, each one with his/her own artistic language, negotiate issues of how to define and abolish limits, divisions and restrictions, in a direct and caustic manner.
Participants: Pravdoliub Ivanov (BG), Νemanja Nikolic (CS), Marko Tadic (HR), Ender Gelcec (TR), Stela Vula (AL), Dušica Dražić (CS) & Sam Hopkins (KE), Jana Stojakovic (CS), Filippos Gountzos (GR/AL), Vasilis Chantzopoulos (GR), Fani Sofologi (GR), Em Kei (GR) & Nicolaich (GR).
Inter Alios is a collaborative art book. Ten artists have created its pages under the theme of ‘common roots, cultural components’ but also, ‘the common collective consciousness’ shared by Mediterranean countries.
At a time when the spectacle and reality of globalization has led to the subjugation of cultural voices in preference to the fortification and preservation of national identity, the people of the Mediterranean are an interesting example where the close physical proximity has strengthened the interchange of cultural characteristics of different national identities ensuring a shared endurance and resilience and giving a distinctive voice.
Participants: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Alexis Avlamis, Antonis Volanakis, Yiannis Grigoriadis, Georgia Kotretsos, Eva Marathaki, Athena Nicholaou, George Papadatos, Nikos Papadimitriou, Artemis Potamianou.
During the opening of the exhibitions there will be a live performance by Fani Sofologi.
Ag.Eleousis 14 & Protogenous
The Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Open Show Studio