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.

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

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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

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

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Pericles Goulakos, work on paper @ Ekfrasi Yianna Grammatopoulou

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Dimitris Tataris

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A collection of Photographs @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Guy van Bossche @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Maria Ikonomopoulou @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Maria Ikonomopoulou @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Tadashi Kawamata @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Art & Language @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Klitsa Antonionou @ The Collection Gallery

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Klitsa Antonionou @ The Collection Gallery

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Lieke Snellen @ Joey Ramone

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Lieke Snellen @ Joey Ramone

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Tudor Matu @ Joey Ramone

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Wietse Eeken @ Joey Ramone

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Gerwin Luijendijk @ Joey Ramone

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Jan van der Ploeg and Adrian Esparza @ Taubert Contemprorary

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Nana Sachini @ A. Antonopoulou. art

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Alexis Psychoulis @ A. Antonopoulou. art

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Naomi Middelman @ UFO-Fabrik

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

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

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One last vote is added

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And the winner is: Alicia Eggert with “Now”

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And this, of course, calls for drinks

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

Art Athina 2015

 

 

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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

Platforms Project

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.

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