Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dirty Humanism

Andreas Empirikos, 1956

Curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, the show will bring together an exceptional group of twenty artists working across a broad range of mediums, from photography, sculpture, painting, embroidery and performance art, revealing the extraordinary vibrancy of the Greek art scene. Pieces will range from the 1920s to the present day with a focus on the contemporary.

Combining renowned classics and iconic modern pieces with new commissions,Ντέρτι Humanism scavenges a fresh artistic interpretation of the continuous quest for a new Greek identity, exemplified in the philosophy of renowned architect,Dimitris Pikionis; an identity that sheds its fixation with Greece’s creative and cultural legacy to explore its hectic present and international perspective.

A densely constructed exhibition, each work in Ντέρτι Humanism will invade the space of its neighbour to trigger new visual interpretations and narratives. The artists are brought together under a new constellation; while allowing their individual flair, Ντέρτι Humanism locates a commonality between competing dialogues. These works all perform an archaeological dismantling of the modern and share an understanding of coexistence between past and present.

The exhibition will showcase the works of Alexis Akrithakis; Athanasios Argianas; Vlassis Caniaris; Savvas Christodoulides; Andreas Embiricos; Haris Epaminonda; Stelios Faitakis; Vassilis Patmios Karouk; Dionisis Kavallieratos; Rallou Panagiotou; Dimitris Pikionis; Yorgos Sapountzis; Christiana Soulou; Elli Souyioultzoglou-Seraidari (a.k.a. Nelly's); Lakis & Aris Ionas - The Callas; Thanassis Totsikas; Nanos Valaoritis; Jannis Varelas; Kostis Velonis; and Tassos Vrettos.

*The greek word 'Ντέρτι', pronounced like the English 'dirty', is a folk word of Turkish origin that means 'worry', 'trouble', 'anguish', 'torment' or 'vasanos'.

Faggionato Fine Arts - Ντέρτι* Humanism (Dirty Humanism)
London. 9 June- 12 August