Platforms Project 2019 – The Fair

17 mei 2019

KOPEKT (Corect) is a group that shows an attitude sooner than artworks. I could find myself right away in this referential amalgam.

Drawings from the taverna where they meet

And the drawings are not bad at all!

At Daily Temporary from Sweden I was asked to participate in a performance by Leticia Maria from Palma.

I was the surface for a projection of the art-cake that was made by visitors

The visitors got an apron and started to get creative on the cake which was projected on my belly…


Political art by studio Asynchrome at Kunsthalle Graz

Nice work by the Greek-Rotterdam artist Maria Ikonomopoulou at Vita Zita Studio

Various Artists from Bruxelles (B) showed a fantastic project in which they have the audience make their own artwork

The result is always minimalistic and beautiful. This is “Pocketwork” -Carbon on paper worn in the pocket for two or three months.

Orphaned Images: Video-cakes by The museum of Forgetting

Topp and Dubio from Den Haag participated with an intricate installation about a sign in a shop they encountered.

The details are pretty hilarious as often

Another platform from Den Haag is Elders with Paintings by Lucius Pax and Liesbeth Bos, ceramics by Corine Barendregt and photographic work by Liesbeth van Woerden.

Corine Barendregt shows abstract Ceramics, created by pressing clay in the structures she finds on the street.

Liesbeth van Woerden adds 3D elements to her minimalistic photographs

Lucius Pax shows a series of Paintings with urban portraits

From the UK:  H-M-S with numerous artists

Ed’s video from Guelph in Canada shows an installation by Jérôme Havre based on Plato’s cave

A Hero from my youth: The Silver Surfer in mosaïc- technique in Transform Art Platform from Beograd by Milan Cuk

The Bureau d’art et de recherche Roubaix with works on paper by Guilaume Krick and sculpture by Clara Juliane Glauert

A-Trans from Berlin shows beautiful works by Concha Argüeso from Spain

Which is clear when you get closer, the artist writes and paints on the back of the paper with wax

Other minimalistic works like this ensemble also look strong

Lucia Bricco showed the stage for her performances at Sub Rosa Space from Athens

Kunsthalle Kleinbasel shows vulva’s by Nina Herrmann under the name Where are you from?

I think I prefer these

Galleria Rajatila from Tampere in Finland shows these little pieces that I like.

Heidi Lincke’s work at Scotty from Berlin is great, but making pictures in this light is difficult. The rapper worked with Kendrick Lamar

These drawings at Scotty are also great: Magnetfelder by Zuzanna Skiba

ID:I Gallery from Stockholm uses textwork, though Alexander Mood seems to be sleeping on the side it is an interesting installation

I Always like the beautiful small collages by Sandra Gea. Here she seems to broaden her perspective

Very subtle works!

This light and airy installation was a nice surprise from Backspace in Athens, done by artists group Bo.Ba (Katarina Botsari and Eleanna Balesi)

Great Urban Photography from the AC-Institute in New york

The Bcademie, a post academic course in Rotterdam, was also present with the old Dutch game of pulling strings and win an Artwork

Amongst which this SD-card on which the whereabouts of a buried artwork is indicated, by Lucas van Eeden

This is done by Kimon Kirligitsis and it has soon disappeared

This is by the same artist, it did not take long for this one to be chosen by a winner.

The Alpineum Produzentegalerie shows great painting by Reto Leuthold

This drawing was shown at Pow Wow: Coming in Waves by Katerina Papazissi

The beautiful presentation of IS-Projects shows American abstractionists from NewYork

Like Jacob Cartwright

And Patricia Zarate

At Und. the work of Vasilis Bótoulas stood out. It was an interesting stand of a cultural site that issues maps of cultural spaces in Athens and has an interesting blog. Check

It’s al about La Divina Comedia with beautifully ingraved metal circles,by Niki Zachari

Left Sub Rosa Space with Lucia Bricco’s installation and on the right EX-MÊKH’s installation

And back at Und. this nice textpiece by Kiriakos Spirou

In the evening Lucia Bricco continued her performance “The morning, The morning, the morning by entering with a blanket with technical toys in a blanket that she carried like a baby. She then let it all fall on teh ground, wound the toys around her head as you can see here

Ant sat down, waiting.

A bigger machine came at her, trying to get pieces of the ground

She put toys under her shirt, let them fall again and then had another coffee

And EX-MÊKH was talking again, with colleagues, with student, with visitors…


Platforms Project 2019


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.


Look at the fair from the platforms


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


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



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


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.


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


Andreas Martí installed this drawing installation at Dienstgebäude


It is continuing to draw during the fair


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


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


Interesting painting at Foss (GR)


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


Nice political drawings by Tasos Pavlopoulos


Collage by Maria Ikonomoupoulou


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


Where also work of the painter Guy van Bossche was shown


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


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


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


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


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


resulting in a beautiful series of personae



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!


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


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


The shift was together with Philippa Driest


Who showed pictures of urban places accompanied by sounds of airplanes


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


Super 8 video by Leslie Supnet


and Lori Blondeau who researches diverse persona’s


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


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


Which works rather good I think


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


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


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


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


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


The beauty of statistics, by Tiny Dominguez


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



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


At A-Trans beautiful work on paper by Marian Wijnvoord


Who also burns down the Netherlands in her Photo-collages


The line in Andreas Martí’s installation is lengthening


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


from stage to visitor


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


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


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


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


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


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.


In Venice


And Athens, we will hear more from them!


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


Painting by Liesbeth Bosch


And surprising ceramics by Corine Barendregt

Art Athina 2016

Art Athína 2015- The Fair

7 juni 2015

The last day of the fair, lines in front of the Taekwondo hall all day and an unending stream of visitors visiting our booth. Our work has been received well, lots of flags of Maarten have been taken along and reactions were great! We have to thank Artemis Potamianou and her Platforms crew for a great week and EX-MÊKH hopes to be back next time. In this post you will find some interesting art from the main floor to finish  the report on Art Athena 2015.


There is some very accomplished painting to be found in Greece, I like these canvases by Kostis Georgiou.


Martin Creed has been very active in Greece during his residency. The portraits of wll known Greeks make me think of Dutch painter Emo Verkerk @ Kappatos Gallery


Marina Abramovic wants you to put your head against the Quartz @ Kappatos Gallery


Pericles Goulakos, work on paper @ Ekfrasi Yianna Grammatopoulou


Dimitris Tataris


A collection of Photographs @ Mulier Mulier Gallery


Guy van Bossche @ Mulier Mulier Gallery


Maria Ikonomopoulou @ Mulier Mulier Gallery


Maria Ikonomopoulou @ Mulier Mulier Gallery


Tadashi Kawamata @ Mulier Mulier Gallery


Art & Language @ Mulier Mulier Gallery


Klitsa Antonionou @ The Collection Gallery


Klitsa Antonionou @ The Collection Gallery


Lieke Snellen @ Joey Ramone


Lieke Snellen @ Joey Ramone


Tudor Matu @ Joey Ramone


Wietse Eeken @ Joey Ramone


Gerwin Luijendijk @ Joey Ramone


Jan van der Ploeg and Adrian Esparza @ Taubert Contemprorary


Nana Sachini @ A. Antonopoulou. art


Alexis Psychoulis @ A. Antonopoulou. art


Naomi Middelman @ UFO-Fabrik


At 18.00 h. the winner of the THMHF- Award at The Tupajumi Foundation will be announced. Internet votes are beïng counted


and the votes from the fair have to be checked once more!


One last vote is added


And the winner is: Alicia Eggert with “Now”


And this, of course, calls for drinks


A last walk along the beach at night and we’re off to Holland again

Art Athina 2015



EX-MÊKH@ Platforms Project – Art Athina day 8: the galleries

18 mei 2014

On our last day in the Platform Projects I tried to get an impression of the galleries on the floor of the stadium. Not many of the succesful international art-army are shown here which to me is a relief. You get a nice impression of art in the Levant, the eastern part of the Mediterranian. I noticed a number of interesting Photographers and some interesting galleries. I understand that not all the large galleries in Greece are represented here which is a pity, it would complete the image for people who are not aware of this region. Artemis Potamianou really made a relevant selection of highlights for her exhibition “Statement made” I think. All in all Art Athína has been a very interesting and rewarding view on an area that I was not really aware of. I would really like to take part again and I hope that I will get a chance to do so.


? at Mirko Maier Gallery/M-Projects


Wim Delvoye at Kaune Poshnik, Spohr Gallery


Roxanne Lowitt at Kaune , Poshnik, Spohr Gallery


Antonakis Christodoulou


Katsipanos Theofilos


I. Lassithiotakis


Kara Walker at Mulier Mulier


Pauline Otowska at Mulier Mulier


Maria Ikonomopoulou at Mulier Mulier


Tadashi Kawamata at Mulier Mulier


Daniele Alonge at UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery


Jacopo Prina at UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery


Another Italian Gallery: Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea


Maybe a bit outdated, but an intriguing picture by Apostolos Giorgiou at Zina Atthanassiadou


And also at Zina Atthanassiadou Nikos Navridis who had beautiful work at the Gennadius Library


Andrea Angelidakis whose opening we attended at the National Museum of Contemporary Art also shows at Zina Atthanassiadou


From Australia the painter Jarek Wojcik at Anna Pappas gallery from Melbourne


Diomitris Tataris uses Dante’s Divina Comedia


A Dutch gallery from Rotterdam: Joey Ramone Gallery featuring Harm Weistra


Gallery owners Hans Bakker and Kiki Petratou in front of the work of Christina Calbari


The Greek Elika Gallery was surprisingly up to date with very interesting Greek artists, this work is done by Vangelis Gokas


And this piece by Nikos Sepetzoglou


This could even be vintage EX-MÊKH, done by Zoe Giabouldaki


The booth of Elika Gallery was seperated from the aisle by this Oriental screen, my favourite gallery!


Artemis Potamianou showed with EKFRASI Yianna Gallery


deconstructed Art classics


On a beautiful wallpaper


which formed a suitable backdrop for her work


The Turkish artist Havva Marta at Galeri Binyil,


Greek Modern Classic master


Avramidis at the same gallery


And the kids are doing their thing in the workshop which was very much alive every day!


Art Athina