LES ÉCARTÉS is a Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organisation based in Athens, Greece, active in the fields of Culture and Education. It aims to protect, manage and promote the work of contemporary artists and artisans with particular emphasis on those who are socially isolated. The Organization offers opportunities for education, networking and inclusion in the artistic community and the Greek society.
Stranger in A Strange Land project introduces the work of contemporary artists coming from different art fields (visual arts, music, performance art), proposing to the visitor a new multifaceted experience, focused on the intercultural aspect. The project is the first public introduction of LES ÉCARTÉS Organisation and a collaboration between artists of different ethnicities (Greece, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kurdistan).
The artists seek after the meaning of the term strange as an aftermath of the unfamiliar foreign. In Exodus, Moses fled to Madiam to escape Pharaoh’s wrath, describing himself as Stranger in A Strange Land. Oedipus lived as a stranger in his homeland and as kinsman among strangers. The Greek refugees who fled to mainland Greece after the Asia Minor Catastrophe were unwanted from the locals, feeling twice a stranger.
The participants originating from various cultural backgrounds, having as a starting point the references above, will suggest their own perspective of the concept, presenting to the spectator the work that emerged though their mutual collaboration.
Opening Day: Friday 14 of June 2019
Doors Open: 19:00
21:00, Musikarama live
The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Vice-Mayor for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralization Mr. Lefteris Papagiannakis