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Painting: a form of silent poetry

Blank Wall Gallery is presenting a special art group exhibition in Athens

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06 December 2017

If you find yourselves in Athens in December, be sure to drop by Blank Wall Gallery, as the gallery, known for its exceptional photography exhibitions, is presenting a special painting exhibition curated by art historians Evaggelia Kairaki and Maria Moscha Karatzoglou.

"It is the first time Blank Wall Gallery has hosted an art painting exhibition," said manager and communications officer of the exhibition Dimitris Lazarou. Until 23 December, 43 modern Greek painters will be showcasing their works in the collaborative project named Painting is poetry (creation) that is silent…; the title is an extract from the anthology of ancient Greek lyricist Simonidis of Kea, Την μεν ζωγραφίαν ποίησιν σιωπώσαν, την δε ποίησιν ζωγραφίαν λαλούσαν.

According to the ancient saying, painting is a poetry (creation) that is silent, meaning that the observer of the painting receives the message of the act based on its individual criteria, his personal experience and knowledge. For this reason, all the art works will be untitled, allowing the visitor to observe, draw their own conclusions and leave their feelings free without being bound by titles.

"Beyond any systematic attempt to combine poetry with painting we must say that poetry is either way gushing from painting and art in general. Speech mobilises the viewer and the audience, from a speck of feelings, thoughts, memories, accordance but also disagreements," Kairaki and Karatzoglou said.

"Having this in mind the work of art in conjunction with the intent to stimulate sensation and intellect, the 43 artists project an imaginative artistic venue, where painting with the experience of seeing as language and expressive act is recruited to narrate - sometimes realistically others insinuatingly - to utter meanings, to release desires, to submerge into the aspects of the human soul. Besides, doing is more innocent than acting," the curators explain.

Visual artists taking part:
George Androutsos, Antonis Antzoulidis, Elena Antoniou, Giannis Antonopoulos, Magda Apostolou, Maria Apostolou, Fani Vlantonopoulou, Anastasia Gkinaki, Tasos Dimos, Frini Dragatsi, Tania Drogossi, Ioanna T., Leonidas Kampanakis, Evita Kanellou, Angela Karali, Vassilis Kontogeorgos, Panayiota Koroniou, Sofia Rose Kosmidou, Maria Ktistopoulou, Penny Konstantinou, Penny Manavi, Marikita Manolopoulou, Katerina Mavroleon, Niki Michailidou, Stavroula Michalopoulou, Vassiliki Bloukou, Anastasia Bolka, Sofia Boni, Angeliki Bobori, Fotini Othoneou, Eirini Pagoni, George Papadimitriou, Maria Pastra, Nadia Rapti, Katerina Rimpatsiou, Afrodite Sezenia, Konstantis Skantzis, Sofia Stavrou, Konstantinos Tzalalis, Yiannis Tzomakas, Kerassia Touliatou, Maria Fili, Aristidis Chrysanthopoulos.

When: Until Saturday 23 December. Tuesday till Friday 4.30 - 9.30 pm, Saturday 11.30 am - 2.00 pm.
Where: Blank Wall Gallery, Fokionos Negri str 55, Kipseli, Athens. Entrance is free.
To find out more go to facebook.com/events/2031429243761049/ or blankwallgallery.com

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