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Nobody´s Place/Nowhere´s Map (ASFA Athens)

Idea: Isabel Gutierrez Sanchez, Jorge Martin Garcia, Yukari Sakata

Coordinator: George Stamatakis

Athens School Of Fine Arts 2018

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Nobody´s Place/Nowhere´s Map is a collaborative art project that seeks to explore situated –or site-specific– questions of crisis, resistanceand becoming, through the creation of a political fiction that takes the shape of a multi-layered map in-the-making. Each strata of the map has its own materiality and texture, yet they all –text, graphic and video– emerge and develop through the interaction with each other, that is, through a mutual feeding that enables the actual growth of the map. The text above and the city of Athens are the initial sites from which the map emerges. The two are sites to explore, to interrogate and to reconfigure collectively. Each creator is asked to choose a word from the text and then a place in the city that gives a situated meaning to the former.

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Embodied encounters and conversations among creators across those places are the lived mediums that activate the process of co-construction of the map. Connections and resonances as well as tensions and antagonisms arise. Nobody´s Place/Nowhere´s Map becomes the attempt to translate them all onto a tangible artefact from/through which to discuss collectively the political potential of this fiction as well as to challenge its very desirability.

This exhibition presents the outcome of this process, which has taken place in Athens in June 2018. However, Nobody´s Place/Nowhere´s Map is by no means a closed project. Its ultimate aim is to serve as an open-source device of construction of collective imaginaries and representations of counter-power. That is to say, a tool to be shared and re-appropriated so as to defy hegemonic narratives and regain agency amidst all-pervading crisis. Thus, alongside the exhibition, we would like to kindly invite you to an open discussion about the project that will take place at the opening event on 20thJune at 12.00pm. at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

 

Idea: Isabel Gutierrez Sanchez, Jorge Martin Garcia, Yukari Sakata

Yukari Sakata (theatre director and visual artist) and Jorge Martín García (architect and artist) have worked in collaboration for three years. They are the authors of “Dear Gullivers”, which is being shown in the Spanish Pavilion at the XBI Venice Biennale of Architecture (2018). The project, which was developed through a series of chapters in different sites in Japan and the UK, explores “place” as a network of interconnected narratives coming from different contexts and in permanent change. Isabel Gutierrez Sanchez (architect and anthropologist), who is researching self-organised spaces of provision of care and welfare in Athens, has joined them in this new project in the Greek capital.

 

Creators:

 

Takako Abe

Spuridoula Ashmakh

Ara Bogosian

Rafika Chawishe

Konstantina Economou

Thomas Galatos

Stelios Kapetanakis

Maria Karakitsou

Konstantinos Kotsis

Odette Kouzou

Galini Lazani

Isabella Margara

Tatiana May Kallergi

Louiza Papangelou

Katerina Papazissi

Christina Sgouromiti

Marianna Stefanitsi

Eleni Tsamadia

Antonis Vasilakis

Valia Papastamou

Investigating The Contemporaty Art Scene Of Athens

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The Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center is a large warehouse space over two floors dating back to 1988. It has hosted many important exhibitions in the city. During my visit I attended the opening night of a new exhibition, Integral II, the second part of a two exhibitions themed around not just the current political and economic situation enfolding Greece, but also the situation throughout the world. In the first room I enter I am greeted by a giant installation created by the well known Greek born artist Jannis Kounellis who was one of the main figures of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960s and 1970s in Italy. The installation features a large square industrial steel plate resting on one of its edges surrounded by burlap sacks containing charcoal. In the background to the right of the installation are a series of paintings by George Stamatakis and to the left is a tall vertical relief by Socrates Fatouros comprising of bitumen sheets and elastic liquid membrane.