Ásta Fanney, Logi Leó Gunnarsson, Ólöf Helga Helgadóttir and Vasilis Zarifopoulos
Modulations and Modalities
What is “the reality”? η πραγματικότητα? We are used of speaking of realities: plural. One is startled by the title of Vasilis Zarifopoulos installation with painting. As startled as by the noise that is produced by Logi Leó Gunnarssons flutes (which are called “recordings” in Icelandic). As startled as by the work “Birth of a man who resembles many things“ Ólöf Helga Helgadóttir by what are we diving into by this group show, part of the festival Head to Head connecting two vibrant art scenes consisting of three Icelandic artists and one Greek?
A new ontology of things? New modus of creation that brings into focus the modality of things and being into focus? Is this a subgenre of New Materialism we can observe here? New Materialism and the revival of materialist ontologies has been pushed by a productive argument between linguists and social constructionists. The prominence given to language in the exploration of culture came at the expenses of exploring material and somatic realities beyond their discursive inscription. What lies beyond the “context”? The “reality” – just “things” – or isn’t it rather sound that makes the world go round?
The bilateral exhibition project Head to Head connects the two dynamic and ever expanding visual art scenes of Athens, Greece and Reykjavik, Iceland. The project aspires to connect artists and artist-run venues in both places, building bridges and networks through an artistic dialog and exhibition exchange.
The initial phase of the project will be taking place in Athens in November 2021, where Greek artists will be paired with Icelandic artists exhibiting together in various artist-run spaces in Athens. The project reaches its first peak on the opening weekend 5 – 14th of November 2021, where a variety of exhibitions, performances and events will take place in spaces and venues all over Athens.
The second phase of the project will take place in Reykjavík in the fall of 2023 with a parallel exhibition program in various artist-run exhibition spaces around Reykjavik, bringing Greek artists to Iceland and connecting them with the local art scene, both artists, curators, collectors and venues. The following artist-run initiatives and institutions have confirmed their participation in 2023; besides the curatorial partner Kling & Bang, The Living Art Museum, Museum of Perceptive Art, Open, Gallery Port, Midpunkt, Reykjavik Association of Sculptors/ Reykjavik Sculpture Garden.
The driving force of these two art scenes is their artist-run community. Both Athens and Reykjavík have an astounding amount of artist-run initiatives and exhibition spaces that fuel their dynamic and vibrant art scenes. This distinct culture is not typical in a global context and should be celebrated. As they are often the result of DIY approaches within an artist society that have gone through changes within their social and political landscape. The exhibitions will open during the week 5 – 14th of November 2021, a core schedule will be released detailing the events and happenings that will open in symphony with each other creating a robust synchronicity between the spaces, mainly to highlight the projects already recognised dialog and collaboration.
The artist-run Greek exhibition space A – DASH in teaming up with the 16 year old artist-run exhibition space Kling & Bang from Iceland to connect the two artist-run scenes and create this bilateral-exhibition project, connecting and strengthening the relationships between the two cities and their art scenes