INNER OUTFITS  – HELLENIC AMERICAN UNION 

Όταν μας πρότεινε η Elisabeth Romberg την πραγματοποίηση μιας έκθεσης στην Ελλάδα με το έργο της Charlotte Lindsay θεωρήσαμε ότι θα είχε ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον η έκθεση να εμπλουτιστεί με καλλιτέχνες που θα μοιράζονταν τους προβληματισμούς της και θα δημιουργούσαν με τα έργα τους ένα διάλογο με τους διαφορετικούς τρόπους που επιλέγει καθένας για να περιφρουρήσει τον εαυτό του, να αμυνθεί και εν τέλει να εναντιωθεί σε ότι τον πλήττει, είτε προσωπικά,  είτε ως μέλος ενός κοινωνικού συνόλου.

Η έκθεση βασίζεται στο «μανιφέστο» της Charlotte Lindsay, μιας καλλιτέχνιδος που ζει και εργάζεται στη Σουηδία και επιθυμεί να μιλήσει για τις προσωπικές άμυνες που υψώνει ο καθένας μας απέναντι σε αυτά που μας βάλλουν. Καθημερινά καλούμαστε να δώσουμε διάφορες μάχες, τόσο απέναντι στην κοινωνία που μας περιβάλει, όσο και απέναντι στον ίδιο μας τον εαυτό. «Το μανιφέστο μου αφορά τη λίστα με τις προετοιμασίες που πρέπει να κάνει κάποιος πριν από μια μάχη», αναφέρει χαρακτηριστικά η εικαστικός. Οι επιμελήτριες της έκθεσης ζήτησαν από τους συμμετέχοντες καλλιτέχνες να εμπνευστούν από αυτό το μανιφέστο και να σκεφτούν τι είναι αυτό που θίγει ιδιαίτερα τον καθένα προσωπικά και πώς μπορούν  να το χειριστούν θωρακίζοντας τον εαυτό τους από τη φθορά και τον πόνο που μπορεί να τους προκαλέσει. Δημιούργησαν έτσι τις δικές τους «πανοπλίες», τις δικές τους αμυντικές τεχνικές, και τις παρουσιάζουν στο κοινό ως αναφορά στις επιθέσεις που δεχόμαστε καθημερινά από τη βία που μας περιβάλλει, ψυχολογική, λεκτική, ρατσιστική μερικές φορές ακόμα και σωματική, αλλά και στον εσωτερικό πόλεμο που βιώνει ο καθένας μας όταν έρχεται αντιμέτωπος με τις προσωπικές του φοβίες και αδυναμίες.

Η έκθεση, προϊόν συνεργασίας τριών επιμελητριών από την Ελλάδα και την Νορβηγία, της Λουΐζας Καραπιδάκη, της Κλεοπάτρας Φατούρου και της Elisabeth Romberg,  παρουσιάζει τους τρόπους με τους οποίους εκφράζεται η γλώσσα της αντίθεσης μέσα στη σύγχρονη τέχνη. Γύρω μας πληθαίνουν συνεχώς οι φωνές που μιλούν για ατομικά δικαιώματα, για την μετανάστευση και το προσφυγικό ζήτημα, για πολιτικές και κοινωνικές διακρίσεις. Οι καλλιτέχνες της έκθεσης καλούνται να ανταποκριθούν σε αυτές τις προκλήσεις και να ‘αμυνθούν’ απέναντί τους μέσα από την τέχνη τους.

Στην έκθεση, παρουσιάζονται έργα καλλιτεχνών από την Ελλάδα, τη Νορβηγία, την Σουηδία και την Γαλλία. Πρόκειται για τους: Charles Fréger, Elisabeth Haarr, François L’Hotel, Charlotte Lindsay, Γιάννης Αδαμάκης, Αλεξάνδρα Αθανασιάδη, Χρύσα Βέργη, Μαρία Γρηγορίου, Γιώργος Γιώτσας, Αφροδίτη Λίτη, Καλλιρρόη Μαρούδα, Μαρία Μάστορη, Δημήτρης Ντάσιος, Ελένη Τζάτζαλος.

Την έκθεση πλαισιώνουν ακόμη με performance τους η Κλεώνη Μανουσάκη και η Χριστίνα Φοίτου.

When Elisabeth Romberg approached us with a proposal for an exhibition of the work of Charlotte Lindsay in Athens, Greece, we realized that it would be interesting to enhance this exhibition with works by other artists, who shared her concerns and whose works would initiate a captivating conversation among one another. The exhibition is based on Charlotte Lindsay’s “manifesto”, her list of “things that should be involved in a war before you join” and explores the various mechanisms one employs in order to defend himself and to protest against anything that disturbs and upsets him the most, either as an individual of as a member of a social group.

Every day we are all called upon to fight several different battles, both against society and against ourselves. The curators of this exhibition asked participating artists to reflect on what it is that affects each one of them the most, as well as how they believe they can cope with it, armoring themselves against the damage and pain that it may be causing them.  Thus, the artists created their own personal “armors,” their own defensive outfits, which they use to shield themselves from the violence that surrounds us, be it physical, psychological, verbal, etc., but also for the inner war each one of us experiences when confronted with his or her personal fears and shortcomings.

The exhibition seeks to explore how a language for opposition is introduced in contemporary art. Voices talking about migration in Turkey and Greece, indigenous who fight for rights, political subjectivity, or transgenderism: both political and artistic practices are challenging the systems structures and its pre-existing models.

 

Α product of collaboration between three curators, Louisa Karapidaki, Kleopatra Fatourou and Elisabeth Romberg, the visual arts exhibition entitled “INNER OUTFITS”, features works by artists from Greece, Norway, Sweden and France. Participating artists are: Charles Fréger, Elisabeth Haarr, François L’Hotel, Charlotte Lindsay, Yiannis Adamakis, Alexandra Athanassiades, Dimitris Dassios, Yiorgos Giotsas, Maria Grigoriou, Aphrodite Liti, Kallirroe Marouda, Maria Mastori, Eleni Tzatzalos, Chryssa Verghi.

 

As part of the exhibition, organized by the Hellenic American Union and Hellenic American College (HAEC) in cooperation with Hellenic American University (Nashua, NH, USA), performances by Kleoni Manoussaki and Christina Foitou will also be presented.

 

INNER OUTFITS (NORWAY)

INNER OUTFITS

09/03-24/03/2019

Curators: Elisabeth Romberg, Cleopatra Fatourou and Louisa Karapidaki

http://www.agderkunst.no/2019/03/01/withinnan-tversland-2-3

Challenges exist in all aspects of our daily life, personal and professional, and affect us both as individuals and as members of particular social groups. The curators of the exhibition Inner Outfits came up with a remarkable selection of works from the visual and the applied arts in order to instigate a discourse with the public on the concept of defending oneself, not only in the physical sense of the word, but also on a more spiritual, theoretical, fictional level. In other words, the exhibition attempts to illustrate an internal process, often inconspicuous, yet sometimes elaborate, which can be expressed through body language and movement, reinforced by the use of the written or spoken word, and embellished by the use of specific attire, accessories or coverings.

Defensive outfits have been used from the very primitive times, ever since man realized that unlike animals, which have claws, hooves, fangs and horns to protect themselves, he was totally exposed to the forces of nature and any other danger. The manufacturing of the costumes, which in a lot of cases involves traditional techniques and materials, most of them thought to possess magical powers in themselves, was in fact an important part of the “self- protecting” process.  The artists in this exhibition suggest that we all take the time to create our ‘armors’ as part of our ground work before entering a battle. For it is through this procedure that we reconsider all aspects of our attack, but we also get to re-examine the source of our afflictions. Every day we are all called upon to fight several different battles, both against society and against ourselves; during this creative process we have the chance not only to ponder on that which ails us, but mainly to analyze our own attitude and test our very own value system. By doing so, we get to know ourselves better and thus are able to reach practical solutions to whatever issue we are faced with and actually win the battle at hand, without ever having to enter it.

As curators of this exhibition we asked participating artists to reflect on what it is that affects each one of them the most, as well as how they believe they can cope with it, armoring themselves against the damage and pain that it may be causing them.  Thus, the artists created their own personal “armors,” their own defensive outfits, which they use to shield themselves from the violence that surrounds us, be it physical, psychological, verbal, etc., but also for the inner war each one of us experiences when confronted with his or her personal fears and shortcomings.

Elisabeth Romberg

Louisa Karapidaki

Cleopatra Fatourou

 

Α product of collaboration between three curators, Louisa Karapidaki, Kleopatra Fatourou and Elisabeth Romberg, the visual arts exhibition entitled “INNER OUTFITS”, features works by artists from Greece, Norway, and France. Participating artists are: Charles Fréger, Elisabeth Haarr, Karoline Hjort, Riita Ikonen, Yiannis Adamakis, Dimitris Dassios, Yiorgos Giotsas, Maria Grigoriou, Valia Karapidaki, Katerina Kokkinaki, Aphrodite Liti, Maria Mastori, Eleni Tzatzalos, Vasia Vanezi.

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