Event Exhibition12.01.17 - 28.01.17
a user’ s guide to minor spaces
Opening: January 12 th 2017, 20. 00
Duration: 12- 28 January 2017
Opening hours: Thursday and Friday 17:00 – 21:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00
Participating Artists: Evagelia Dimitrakopoulou, Konstantinos Kontis, Foteini Markostamou, Vivi Miliou, Theodor Bargiotas, Eleni Papathanasiou, Maria Smargianaki, Stathis Fotis.
Curated by Pavlina Kyrkou
Coordination: Pantelis Chandris
On Thursday, January the 12th, Circuits and Currents, project space of ASFA presents the group show a user’ s guide to minor spaces, product of the annual collaboration among eight 4th grade students of the Athens School of Fine Arts’ 3d Painting Studio, the assistant professor Pantelis Chandris and the art historian Pavlina Kyrkou. This “meeting” took place, within the gardens’ theoretical framework, which formed the starting point for the artworks’ production and the exhibition’ s synthesis.
From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, to the traditional Persian garden and from the Medieval Hortus Conclusus, to the well- known house garden, one is confronted with a familiar and transcendental phenomenon, in the same time. That earthly paradise, but also bafflement symbol, is distinguished by its special function and remarkable autonomy, whether private or public, literal or metaphorical.
During the workshop, there were issues of garden’ s timeless and intercultural presence explored, through the examination of its various typologies. Moreover, in its approach as a structure, there were common organization- principles located, as its territorial demarcation and its classification background. Through this procedure, it emerged the way in which the garden articulates a gap in the space narrative and how it composes a heterotopia par excellence, as a meaningful field, but also as a metaphor.
Each one of the artists maps a new garden, as a place, as a space, as an ideal, as a version or restoration of the real one. The artists track inner and outer aspects of the garden, sometimes connecting them with the element of the every- day life and in other cases, reviewing this security. Thus, they reveal to us directions and ways of viewing, experiencing and interpretating the garden; it may include our presence or be included in us. Eventually, they propose “minor gardens”, “minor spaces”, which arise from a common base and indicate their own instructions for use.