The title of the exhibition is a manipulation of the idiom 'don’t judge a book by its cover', drawing on the interpretative versions and connotations of the word ‘cover’ (such as ‘book cover’ ‘shelter',’protection’ etc).
The exhibition focuses on the dialectics of the internal and external space; Cover is a protective space that can be real-tangible and, simultaneously, imaginary. Either as concept or form, the protective covering used to bind together the pages of a printed document (a book for, instance) becomes the starting point for the participating artists, exploring the various functions of protective spaces. In this light, the cover is sometimes approached as a field of intimacy, privacy or as outlet for the imagination. Elsewhere it becomes an ephemeral space to hide emotions or orgnanise thoughts. Last but not least, the cover constitutes the portrait of its own creator.
The exhibition brings together the recent work of visual artists and illustrators, featuring paintings, engravings and sculptural work.
The exhibition is organised as part of the project The City Reads for the program Αθήνα 2018 Παγκόσμια Πρωτεύουσα Βιβλίου / Δήμος Αθηναίων