Exhibition duration: June 2-30, 2017
Location: 6 Kairi Street & Athinas, Athens, Greece
Supported by NEON.org
Participating artists: Tzeni Argyriou, Vasilis Gerodimos, Peggy Kliafa, Yorgos Maraziotis, Andreas Savva, Christos Tolis and Panagiotis Velianitis
Concept, Artistic Direction: Maria Vasariotou
Executive Producer/Artistic Consultant: Konstantinos Sakkas
Research & Social context: Polina Yoltzoglou
Curator Assistants & Line Producers: Yorgos Nomikos, Georgia Eleni Tigkinagka
Production Manager: Katerina Kotsou
Communications: Yorgos Katsonis
Graphic Designer: komodo
Photography: Christos Karnakis
Social Media: Flora Kopelou
Production Management: Delta Pi
Peggy Kliafa participates in the show with the artwork:
“CHANGE”, 90x90x13 cm. Led Pharmacy Cross with digital moving message, perimeter aluminum profile, plexi glass surfaces with visible led light
Contemporary Art Group Exhibition at Kairi Arcade in the context of Removement, Athens 2017
Kairi Arcade will host artistic interventions, installations and video art projections throughout the four different levels of the arcade. All artists were inspired by the real stories that accompany the arcade since 1930 when the arcade was built. Owners and renters recall the past glory of this narrow arcade that was once busy and crowded with various ship-owners such as Gloria chocolate factory, Tarassis and Faros brand stores, the historical artillery owned by the Papaioannou family, as well as several clothes and shoes manufacturers and retailers.
Artists: Tzeni Argyriou, Vasilis Gerodimos, Peggy Kliafa, Yorgos Maraziotis, Andreas Savva, Christos Tolis and Panagiotis Velianitis, each one using different means and materials, transform the spaces of the Arcade in a canvas full of changes, colours, emotions which both contribute to the revival of the urban memory and predispose the need of new ways of reuse.
MORE ABOUT THE CONCEPT
Removement is inspired by the issue of abandonment of Athens itself, a direct effect of the financial crisis that has resulted in an abundance of empty or damaged buildings. Accordingly, the same phenomenon has stricken various neighborhoods of our city, which lost their unique identity, causing its people to move away because of fear and insecurity. Buildings that once stood as the columns of the active tissue of Athens now stand isolated as remnants of a busy past. Removement stands as an observer of these changes: it documents both realistically and conceptually every single movement in the passage of time, even when the change stays unnoticed by the human gaze. These rapid changes influence year after year what is called the urban memory, and it is this topic that moves Removement itself, which will be used by our artists as a motivating power to awake and recall through the most precious and direct call: art.
Removement: Athens 2017 links the stories of the past with a modern approach of reusing three different Arcades located in the centre of Athens: Praxitelous, Kairi and Arsaki.
Installations, artworks, video-art projections, performances and interactive events constitute a one-month artistic program that invites artists and audience to revive the city’s urban memory and to create or witness artistic interventions within these three historical arcades.