Mykonos Biennale 2019
“APATHIA” – “ANTIDOTE”
– Group Show –
About Peggy Kliafa’s ANTIDOTE:
“This pharmakon, this “medicine”, this philter,
which acts as both remedy and poison…”
Poison manifests in many forms namely in substances and situations that infect our body and psyche. Medicines can be both the poison and the antidote. A box dressed with used aluminum pills’ blisters with an internal mirror suggests the power of medicines, the power of facing the truth in self discovery and the power of art as the antidotes to poison and to other unpleasant situations. The ambivalence, which characterizes medicines and the mirrors in art history, is extended in the creation of a precious little box shinning with its symmetrical crooked round shapes made of totally unworthy materials, that has various associations related to the best and worst moments in life.
Apathia is the subject of the 4th Mykonos Biennale which starts on Wednesday the 25th of September in the Chora of Mykonos. There will follow five days full of visual arts, music and dance activities, video art projections as well as an international festival of short films with the participation of artists from all over the world, where tradition meets contemporary art.
In the “Metavatikos Stathmos” of the biennale, the first passenger station of the islands’ Chora, activities/actions will be hosted and the following artists will exhibit their artworks: Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Lydia Venieri, Anna Vekri, Giorgos Vdokakis, Loreto Buttazzoni, Giannis Gazetopoulos, Khadim Dai, Karl Grümpe & Rene P.G., Giannis Iliopoulos, Vasilis Kavouridis, Haris Kondosphyris, Alexandros Maganiotis, Konstandinos Bouras, Margarita Myrogianni, Polly Patsy, Vicky Stamatopoulou, Agelos Spyropoulos, Vasilis Tsokopoulos and Kleopatra Charitou.
At the same space the short films festival will take place entitled Dramatic Nights in the frame of which the following films will be presented: BATHERS by Florian Goralsky (FR), BURQA CITY by Bracq Fabrice (FR), DESOLATION by Thomas Giannakis (GR) , DIRTY WHITES by Joseph Laguidice (USA), ESCAPE by Amr Singh (NOR), GO BACK 3 SPACES by Stefano Schiavone (IT), KOPACABANA by Marcos Bonisson & Khalil Charif (BR), LITTLE MAID’S DOLL by Dima Proykova (BGR), PEEPING NICHOLAS by Emanuel Cossu (IT), PRISON by Ramazan Çardak (TUR), STILL BORN by Leila Abdelrazaq (USA), SUNSHINE VICE by Joseph Laguidice (USA), THE PASSPORT by Hanieh Bavali (IRN).
Alongside, at the narrow roads of the chora and around the Epivatikos Stathmos, projections will take place, Video Graffiti and the following works will be presented: EMBRACES & THE TOUCH OF SKIN by Sara Koppel (DNK), DIVINE COMEDY by Behnaz Zahmatkesh (IRN), HOLIDAY COLORS by Marco Cucurnia, IN THE RIVER’’ FLOW by Alexandria Searls (USA), INVISIBLE SCULPTURE 019 by Capitana F (GER), KOMPONG KHLEANG FLOATING VILLAGE by Matthew Gibson (Cambodia), RIVANNA RIVER DIARIES: THE SCHOOL by Alexandria Searls (USA), ROOFTOP REFUGEE by Alexandra Brodski (UK), SEVEN KINDS OF SATISFACTION by Amir Monfared (GER), STORMCHOIR – SPAWN OF ERDENVOLK by Matthew Gibson (RUS), WOUND by Nima Valibeigi (IRN), A DECLARATION OF ANOTHER KIND OF LOVE by Esmeralda Momferratou (GR), and the AUTANT EN EMPORTE LA MER by Olia Verroiopoulou (GR).
For one more year the magical treasure hunt in Delos island will be realized with the participation of artists from all over the world: Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, Michelle Andrade, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Kostis Velonis, Ioanna Vlachou, Aruro Brena, Medri Davide, Peter D. Gerakakis, Maria Georgoula, Thalea Gatzouli, Chris Giannakos, Zhen Guo, Vasilis Kavouridis, Zoe Keramea, Amanda Kyritsopoulou, Peggy Kliafa, Barbara Knight, Konstandinos Ladianos, Thanassis Lalas, Eirini Linardaki, Aphrodite Liti, Tzeni Marketou, Steve Miller, Dimitris Barouchos, Margarita Myrogianni, Valia Papastamou, Ilias Papailiakis, Hara Piperidou, Sebastian Piras, Patsy Pitts, Joanna Przybyla, Hamid Razmkhah, Georgia Sagri, Nikolas Sarlis, Vicky Stamatopoulou, Agelos Spyropoulos, Nikos Tranos, Kleopatra Haritou, Manolis Charos and Dionysis Christophilogiannis. The artists’ Antidotes will be exhibited closed before the treasure hunt and their revelation will take place the last day of the Biennale at the Epivatikos Stathmos of Chora.
The Biennale activities comprise also: the dance performance of Maria Christara on Wednestay the 25th of September, the unique musical performance of the composer and musician Vasilis Tzavaras at the Epivatikos Stathmos on Friday the 27th of September, the Secret Party in Ano Mera on Thursday the 26th of September with the musicians Lefteris Likiniotis – Kandanaso (toubaki and tsabouna musical instruments) and Michali Babeli (tsabouna musical instrument) accompanied by the local dance groups: Windmills. Mando, Mykonian Bengara (Mykoniatiki Vengera) and Ano Mera. On Sunday 29 September, a Mykonian Feast will take place at the Church of Cross at the Marathi, that the Apollonian Group is organizing and the Mykonian Bengara will dance, the Biennale will be there strengthening the island’s local activities. At the closure of this year’s Biennale, on Monday 30 September, the projection of the video that we created in honor of the sculptor Takis will take place. Later an artists’ procession will free lanterns in the night sky in his memory, accompanied by the distinguished saxophone player and musician Dimitris Vasilakis and the dancer Silvia Macci.
Duration: 25 – 30 September 2019
Epivatikos Stathmos, Chora, Mykonos (25-30/09)
Yellow Tower, Ano Mera, Mykonos (26/09)
Delos Island (28/09)
Marathi, Mykonos ( 29/09)
Lydia Venieri (Founder and Art Director of Mykonos Biennale)
Ellie Skreta (program manager)