ARCADES: PRAXITELOUS, KAIRI, ARSAKI | June 1-30, 2017
Concept, Artistic Direction
Executive Producer/Artistic Consultant
Research & Social context
Curator Assistants & Line Producers
Georgia Eleni Tigkinagka
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.
Tzeni Argyriou, Vassilis Gerodimos, Natassa Zouka, Mariana Kavalieratou, Peggy Kliafa, Yorgos Maraziotis, Mariela Nestora, Konstantinos Ntellas, Andreas Savva, Christos Tolis, Panagiotis Velianitis
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.
"CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION"
11am & 8pm
"PICNIC [the urban version]
Public Performance / Installation
"20 Pencils No2"
Removement's official teaser: