ATHENS — Five young Greek artists, whose work relates to the concept of devotion, introspection and the handmade, participate in the group exhibition And the Work of Our Hands, opening on Wednesday 5 April at ArtWall project space. Works on paper by Vasilis Botoulas, Panos Famelis and Stratis Tavlaridis, a six-meter-long installation by Panagiotis Voulgaris and a large-format composite photo by Maria Mavropoulou compose a minimalist visual landscape, which sensitively touches upon the various aspects of the relationship between labour and work — all the while creating a space that is offered for self-reflection and exploration. The exhibition is curated by Kiriakos Spirou.
Springing from the distinction that philosopher Hanna Arendt makes in her work The Human Condition between labour and work (“the labour of our bodies and the work of our hands”), the exhibition’s concept is to reveal the microscale on which the artistic hand operates, as well as the fragile, organic process out of which a work of art emerges. All the works at the exhibition share the element of repetition: obsessive lines and brushstrokes, thousands of daintily cuts with a surgical knife on paper, endless hours of digital photo editing and hundreds of meters of silk thread reveal, through their simplicity, the laborious intervention of the artist as a creative body in the world — while at the same time they materialise the arduous labour and time spent to be completed.
The exhibition will be open from 5 to 29 April, at the Artwall project space, Sofokleous 26, 10552, Athens. The exhibition catalogue will be released during the finissage on Saturday 29 April; meanwhile, artist talks and exhibition tours will be announced soon on ArtWall’s Facebook page and the press. On the same day of the exhibition opening, ‘The Fashion Room Service XXL Edition’ will take place at Fresh Hotel Athens. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the participating designers from the Greek fashion scene, view the newest fashion developments.
Stratis Tavlaridis, Curtains, 2014. Handmade perforated paper, two sheets 150 x 260 cm each. Photo Ioanna Tzetzoumi.