Exhibition

CHEZ EUX: Unseen Collections

CURATED by STAMATIA DIMITRAKOPOULOS

Thursday – Friday 17:00 – 21:00,Saturday 12:00 – 18:00

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
exhibition.

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

 

http://www.chezeuxunseencollections.com/

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

Chez Eux: Unseen Collections is supported by Carriers Office of Athens School of Fine Arts and by NEON