Sunday, June 5, 2016

Chez Eux: Unseen Collections

Chez Eux: Unseen Collections maps a network that
has not yet been historically recorded. It uncovers
an unseen and intimate contemporary art circuit and
depicts the real and substantial presence of people
intersecting in each other’s lives, revealing influences
on their artistic practices through a reality that is
reliant on memory.
The art collections of 25 Greek artists covering a
spectrum from the 70’s until today, are exhibited in
Chez Eux: Unseen Collections. The project displays
works that have been gifted or acquired through exchange
between artists. These artworks are accompanied
by selective archival material, illustrating the
relationships between them; the archive varies from
books, ephemera, correspondence, photos, drawings,
clothes and other paraphernalia of emotional
value. The artists discuss their relationships in interviews
presented as video installations.
In Chez Eux: Unseen Collections, historiography is
perceived as a creative practice and a form of production,
which ultimately embodies the process of
uncovering and discovering. It uncovers artworks
which may have never been exhibited in the past,
demonstrating the hidden treasure that can be
found in a domestic context and discovers relations
between artists that were shaped in the context of
an intersection of different routes.
Adopting the installation model of the 90’s relational
aesthetics, the basement of Project Space is being
recast into a referential simulation of the actual
domestic environment where the project has been
conceived, formed and developed until the moment
of its final execution and transformation into a group
In this room, the curator creates her own collection
of collections. Her bedroom functions as a spatial
metaphor of a digital mood-board, referring to the
postmodern construction of “pastness” in contemporary
youth microblogs (tumblr, etc). It creates an
aesthetic practice based on self-indulgent nostalgia.
The space takes the form of a “third place”, a location
between a white cube and a domestic environment
that oscillates between the domestic and
public space. Here, the experience of the work is
achieved through participation in this stimulated
representation that extends out of the walls of the
show and enters the project’s website, a platform ultimately
integrated into the curator’s own referential
universe, blurring the lines between historical and
fictional narratives.
In Chez Eux: Unseen Collections, the researcher becomes
the architect, inhabitant, curator and narrator
of the artists’ personal stories Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos
Participating artists:
Loukia Alavanou, Benjamin Verhoeven/Andreas Angelidakis, Dakis Joannou/ Antonakis, James McLardy/Dimitrios Antonitsis, Meret Oppenheim/Manolis Daskalakis Lemos, Florian Goldmann/Panos Haralabous, George Lappas/Dionisis Kavallieratos Elise Provencher and Fillipos Kavakas/ Konstantin Kakanias,Νan Goldin/Katerina Kana,Nino Stelzl/Stelios Karamanolis and Toula Ploumi, Rhinoceros (Audio drama)/ Miltos Manetas,Petra Cortright/Theo Michael, Francis Alÿs/Maria Papadimitriou, Martin Kippenberger/Katerina Würthle and Michel Würthle/Panos Papadopoulos,Elisabeth Penkel/Rena Papaspyrou,Bia Davou/Angelo Plessas, Zoë Paul and Santiago Taccetti/Mima Razelou,Takis/Kostas Sahpazis, Zoe Giabouldaki, Panos Tsagaris, Rachel Garrard/ Alexandros Tzannis, Markus Selg/Jannis Varelas, Ben Wolf Noam/ Kostas Varotsos,Michelangelo Pistoletto/ Kostis Velonis, Johannes Schweiger/Poka Yio,Yorgos Vakirtzis

09.06.16 – 25.06.16
CHEZ EUX: Unseen Collections”
Circuits and Currents