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Removement Athens 2017

Start Date: June 1, 2017
End Date: June 30, 2017
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Location: Kairi Arcade | Praxitelous Arcade | Arsaki Arcade

Description

Removement Athens 2017
Kairi Arcade | Praxitelous Arcade | Arsaki Arcade
1 – 30 June 2017
Free entrance

Installations, artworks, video-art projections, performances and interactive events constitute a one-month artistic program that invites artists and audience to revive the city’s urban memory and to create or witness artistic interventions within these three historical arcades.

Removement Athens 2017 focuses on and draws its themes from the Athenian Arcades. It follows the course of the arcades in the city centre throughout their contemporary history as well as their transformation over the years. Places sealed with flows of people for decades, places which once fulfilled the dream of success and interpersonal relationships, are tamed nowadays by oblivion. Along with the change in use and the passing of time, the stories and the people who created the city’s arcades were sidelined, too. These stories function as the main inspiration for Removement’s visual and performing artists.

Praxitelous Arcade | Photo credit © Christos Karnakis

Removement begins from the small domed Arcade in PRAXITELOUS street, unraveling the thread of narration through a performance, directed and composed by choreographer/stage director Natassa Zouka, inspired by the past use of the Arcade’s upper floors as tailor shops and its ground floor as the final destination of the garments for sale from the façade stores.

Kairi Arcade | Photo credit © Christos Karnakis

KAIRI Arcade will host visual interventions, installations and video-art projections on the four levels of the Arcade. The starting point of the artworks is the history of the Arcade itself: from the old sock industries to today’s wrapping materials shops and the remaining gun repair shop of the Papaioannou family, the artists Tzeni Argyriou, Vasilis Gerodimos, Peggy Kliafa, Yorgos Maraziotis, Andreas Savva, Christos Tolis and Panayiotis Velianitis each one using different means and materials, transform the spaces of the Arcade in a canvas full of changes, colours, emotions which both contribute to the revival of the urban memory and predispose the need of new ways of reuse.

Arsaki Arcade | Photo credit © Christos Karnakis

ARSAKI Arcade will host three different performances which propose, each from another viewpoint, the restoration of the Arcade not only as a passage, but also as a place of gathering, resting and relaxation: an oasis in the centre of the city. The three performances are directed and composed by Marianna Kavalieratou (choreographer/performer), Konstantinos Ntellas (stage director/actor) and Mariela Nestora (choreographer).

Removement Athens 2017 links the stories of the past with a modern approach of reusing three different Arcades located in the centre of Athens: Praxitelous, Kairi and Arsaki.

MORE ABOUT REMOVEMENT

Removement project is bind to the location and time it is presented each time and aims to depict in a synthetic way the notions of movement and alteration that carve and describe the landscape of each location in various ways.
Removement premiered on Santorini during the summer of 2015 as the primary exhibition of Santorini Arts Factory (SAF). It hosted original internationally acclaimed artists as well as the youth forces of the Greek artistic community, such as Zilvinas Kempinas, Stella Bolonaki, Yorgos Maraziotis, Georgia Damianou, Olga Bogdanou, Anna-Maria Samara, among others. Its theme centered around the geophysical particularity of the island, as well as the constant element of mobility noticed primarily through the intense touristic and socio-political development of the last decades.
Removement Athens 2017 is produced and curated by Delta Pi with the support of NEON Organization for Culture and Development, and with the generous and kind hospitality support by Kairi, Arsaki and Praxitelous Arcades.

CONTRIBUTORS

Concept, Artistic Direction: Maria Vasariotou
Executive Producer/Artistic Consultant: Konstantinos Sakkas
Research & Social context: Polina Yoltzoglou
Curator Assistants & Line Producers: Yorgos Nomikos, Georgia Eleni Tigkinagka
Production Manager: Katerina Kotsou
Communications: Yorgos Katsonis
Graphic Designer: Komodo
Photography: Christos Karnakis
Social Media: Flora Kopelou
Produced & Curated by: Delta Pi

Event categories: outdoors, performances, and screenings.

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