Platform Project & Art Athina 2016

May 27, 2016

In spite of the crisis atmosphere in Athens and the refugee-problems that haunt the country the Athens artfair took place again this year. The Taekwondo Stadium had been occupied with refugees in winter during heavy rains which resulted in a lot of problems.  Nevertheless, the fair continued but the big galleries in Greece didn’t show up and the galleries that did show up were very conservative in their choice of artists. The Platform Project on the other hand was very interesting this year. It is always worth to visit but now the side show for non-commercial art platforms showed great art and awareness of the human and the political situation which in some cases led to  moving art works.

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Look at the fair from the platforms

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Derek Liddington at 8Eleven, a very interesting sculptor. these are studies after an Elsworth Kelly drawing

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This video was shot by Liddington, having four actors making a pillar of clay and creating a tension between disciplines

 

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This was an ongoing performance in 8eleven in which a dancer would reenact the choreography “Ode” which was executed by les Ballets Russes in 1913. The floor on which the dancer moved was a square meter of clay

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I found this work very moving: in an inter-active work, Navine Khan Dossos tries to paint the 2000 people that have sought refuge in the Taekwondo Stadium last winter. Visitors and colleagues are invited to contribute as the artist will continue to paint until the end of the fair.

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This beautiful Painting has been made by an icon-painter for Kallio Kunsthalle (FI), following the text that Petri Saariko had prepared.

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Andreas Martí installed this drawing installation at Dienstgebäude

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It is continuing to draw during the fair

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This wall sculpture of Bettina Diel could also be seen at Diensgebäude

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From Nantes (FR) came Extra Muros in which these wall sculptures by Romain Rimbaud were shown

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Interesting painting at Foss (GR)

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A short visit to the real fair: here a photograph by Sarah Lucas

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Nice political drawings by Tasos Pavlopoulos

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Collage by Maria Ikonomoupoulou

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who also made beautiful embroideries on newspaper, shown at Mulier Mulier

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Where also work of the painter Guy van Bossche was shown

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I rather liked these collages because of the use of material. made by Nikos Varitymiadis

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Taubert Contemporary showed an artist with over-all design: Lars Arrhenius

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Curator of Platform Projects, the wonderful Artemis Potamianou, an artist also, showed at the floor of the fair

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Kallio Kunsthalle showed performance “about the self-determination of women”

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At MUU (F) the performance artist Helinä Hukkataival showed a very sensitive performance

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resulting in a beautiful series of personae

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From the Netherlands came Bcademie, a post-graduate training for artists (after A you have to say B). Here initiators Alex Jacobs and Daan den Houter talk with their students, of which six were doïng performances durig the fair. One for a Euro!

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The students found props in Athens and used those to arrange their space

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They proved quite popular, here Elsemarijn Bruijs working on chewing gum

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The shift was together with Philippa Driest

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Who showed pictures of urban places accompanied by sounds of airplanes

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AKA artist run from Saskatchewanm, Canada with sculpture of Svea Ferguson

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Super 8 video by Leslie Supnet

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and Lori Blondeau who researches diverse persona’s

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The Lo and Behold (GR) wants to fertilise the soil in “Bureau of Soil making” by Yiannis Hiridoglou

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From Boston (USA) the Museum of Contemporary Cuts with heavy conceptual work with a direct approach

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Which works rather good I think

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Then an installation of Amiraly from Parking Gallery/New media Society from Iran, a presentation which is well worked out

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Cut the Fence, a project of Copa & Sordes: the 657 meter long fence of a Swiss refugee camp is transformed in to the same length of African damask fabric with fence pattern: everybody who cuts a piece of it contributes to the destruction of the fence

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Groupshow at SCI (UK) with very nice works, some fresh from the boats coming to Greece

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Ed video: always interesting video-stuff, here by Iris Fraser and David Hanes

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Foreign Affairs, A beautiful collaboration by Bella Easton, Tiny Dominguez and Julia Riddlough of resp. Beaston projects, Rosa Lux and A Brooks Art

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The beauty of statistics, by Tiny Dominguez

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In the mean while the Capacity-project of Navine Khan Dossos is a large succes

 

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The refugee-camp is turning in a large field of flowers!

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At A-Trans beautiful work on paper by Marian Wijnvoord

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Who also burns down the Netherlands in her Photo-collages

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The line in Andreas Martí’s installation is lengthening

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Bcademy’s students don’t stop performing, here Maud van den Beuken moves sand

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from stage to visitor

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and Casper Braat plans a make-over for your humble reporter

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Various Artists from Belgium, a research in shit which Belgians find interesting in general

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Trying to find the pearls which are being digested by test-persons

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And also the deterioration of Bonsai-trees under water is a process that results in esthetic pleasures under the name Agua con Gaz

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The very big collective EN-FLO (GR) installed suit-cases with fillings

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And then there is the very interesting Milena Principle, showing projects that relate to our own activities. Action in public space about silence and slowness.

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In Venice

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And Athens, we will hear more from them!

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Last but certainly not least Kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders from Den Haag (NL), here an expanding painting by Lucius Pax

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Painting by Liesbeth Bosch

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And surprising ceramics by Corine Barendregt

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Art Athina 2015-VII

6 juni 2015

This is an oversight of the to my taste most interesting initiatives at the Platforms Project of Art Athína:

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8eleven from Toronto Canada with collective work by Laurie kang, Nadia Bellerique, Rosa Aiello and Lili Huston/Herterich

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Lamprini Markou on virtue and attitude at Lustspiel from Greece

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Mirka Minnula @ Rajatila Gallery from Finland

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Mirka Minnula @ Rajatila Gallery from Finland

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Martin Creed @ Kappatos Athens Art Residency

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Martin Creed @ Kappatos Athens Art Residency

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Martin Creed @ Kappatos Athens Art Residency

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Le vide dans le vide ou la disillusion

 

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Then, lots of activities at B’Printmaking Studio A.S.F.A. – TCA

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With a very engaging project

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Resulting in occupancy of the total surroundings of the booth with beautiful works

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With 3D sketches of Istanbul

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Near this we find a paradoxical booth of Provo Principles from Greece, clearly engaged in the present situation

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With a heap of débris from the artists studios

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and art in small match boxes

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which work out nicely

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Atrans from Berlin shows Marian Wijnvoord again with romantic landscapes

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The artist has created. work in new techniques, oilpaint on photopaper

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and she is clearly satisfied with the result. We are happy that Atrans will coöperate with EX-MÊKH in Berlin in september. Here you see Marian Wijnvoord and Isolde Nagel, the initiator of Atrans in front of their booth.

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Another detail from the EX-MÊKH booth with a drawing of Ellen Rodenberg and a selfportrait of Kees Koomen

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The crowd at EX-MÊKH’s booth with Maarten Schepers explaining

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A view at Grauzone from Austria

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And the Dada Academy from Austria

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Which shows also the right couch for underneath your painting

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I liked the booth of the Wiener Art Foundation from Wien (I guess) where painterly action was applied

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and nice sculptures were to be found

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IS-Projects from Leiden (the Netherlands) was one of my favourites

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With an exhibit of abstract art curated by John Tallman

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an esthetic oasis in this context.

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With the work of initiators Guido Winkler and Iemke van Dijk next to eachother

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Lo and Behold is a very interesting initiative witrh actions in public space

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with a great number of artists participating, amongst whom a favourite of last year: Maria Lianou

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and others whom I don’t know

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Incart from Mallorca made a very lively impression

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From Rotterdam came our friends of the Tupajumi Foundation with the TFHMF-award

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This dynamic work was selected from the USA and came in just before the opening of the fair due to delay at customs.

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I personally voted for this piece by Maarten Bel

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The Tupajumi members took the votes from visitors

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Dienstgebäude had a nice booth too with a.o. the work of initiator Andreas Marti (bottom)

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Dutch artist Bob Gramsma

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and Ingo Giezendammer with psychedelic wallpaper.

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VHS-Blues by Julian Boily @ AMV from Canada

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VHS-Blues by Julian Boily @ AMV from Canada

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The French Extra Muros from Nantes (FR)

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With an inventive 5 € lampshade

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En Flo from Greece had an impressive socially engaged installation: Micro History

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With jobless women sowing printed cloth together and handing it out to the public

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empty solidarity….

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@ Skouze “Errare ergo sum” the wine was bitter-sweet

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and the floor contemporary in traditional technique

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Campus Novel showed a very interesting project about the ever-changing sign of a restaurant in Athens

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Kunstenaarsinintiatief Elders from Den Haag (N) was present with strong work by Liesbeth van Woerden, like this sound piece

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And Architectural studies by Liesbeth Bos

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This piece by Liesbeth van Woerden was particularly popular, you took some time for it by stamping a ticket

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A Greek fan from last year came by to see our new installation

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And documentation was dutifully taken care of by Maarten Schepers

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Art Athina 2015-VII – Talks: Dutch Initiatives @ Platform Projects

6 juni 2015

Today, saturday, was a very busy day: there was an unending stream of visitors goïng past our booth and in the afternoon we were part of Talks, a part of Art Athena in which discussions and lectures were pesented to an interested audience. Together with three other initiatives from Holland we tried to give an idea of our artistic practice. The space was not crowded but the talks were received well. As for EX-MÊKH: Greek artists wondered about how we financed all our activities. The city of Den Haag and especially STROOM, the bureau that executes cultural politics of the city, is very active in facilitating artistic endeavour. In spite of the national budget cuts artists in Den Haag have serious advantages because of the policy of this institution. On the other hand a project like the Malieveld does not cost a cent, it just takes energy to go to the Malieveld every week, to create something there and to discuss it. George Oreopoulos, the mediator of the talks wanted to know how high the tension would get between the three participators in EX-MÊKH during our projects, but I could reassure him: though discussions can get fierce we are and will stay good friends which helps a lot to get results. The other initiatives: IS-Projects from Leiden, the Tupajumi-Foundation from Rotterdam and kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders from Den Haag also showed their activities of which the first two are not only national. Elders from Den Haag is still young, but they do strive for more international exposure trying to get attention to the quality of perception of art. here you wil find some pictures:

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Before the Dutch Initiatives Finnish Initiatives took the table. Here MUU from Helsinki with their exhibiting artist explained their way of working

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George Oreopoulos, the mediator and the guy who is responsible for Beton Radio, an art show on Greek radio.

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Berenice Staiger talked about the activities of the Tupajumi Foundation and explained the TFHMF award

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The succesful FITAX-happenings were also explained

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EX-MÊKH had prepared a brief history of our activities which your humble correspondent talked about

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With an interesting backdrop we felt very professional

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Questions were answered accordingly

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IS-Projects was represented by Iemke van Dijk and curating artist John Talmann. First Iemke told about how IS Projects started in their own home in Leiden and how they developed in an initiative that is not very well known in Holland, but shows mainly international activities. Then Tallman explained about how their presentation @ Platforms Project came to life. ( Sorry for the bad picture, something went wrong at that time)

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A picture of the living room of IS-Projects in Leiden

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Finally Liesbeth van Woerden and Liesbeth Bos of kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders explained their preconditions and showed mood pictures of their activities which worked wonderful in combination with the graphic mind-maps.

Art Athina 2015-Talks