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HEAD2HEAD Festival Map
A - DASH is teaming up with the 18 year old artist-run exhibition space Kling & Bang from Iceland to connect the two artist-run scenes in Athens and Reykjavik to create a bilateral-exhibition project, connecting and strengthening the relationships between them. The bilateral exhibition project Head2Head connects the two dynamic and ever expanding visual art scenes, aiming 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 is taking place in Athens in 5 - 14th of November 2021, where Greek based artists will be paired with Icelandic based artists exhibiting together in various artist-run spaces in Athens. The project reaches its first peak on the opening weekend 5 - 6 - 7th 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, the schedule below is 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 list of artist run spaces in Athens participating are: ΎΛΗ[matter]HYLE, Stoa42, KEIV, Backspace, PS:, One Minute Space, Sunday Narratives (FAC), Eight/To ΟΧΤΩ , 3 137, Space52 and Zoetrope.
All the selected visual artists are making their mark on contemporary visual art today in Athens and Reykjavik as well as on an international basis. The selection process emphasises on creating multiple layers of collaboration and connections. This is why we have chosen this system of pairing and an emphasis on artist and venue dialogue.
The list of artists participating in Athens 2021 are:
Almar Atlason, Alexandra Saliba, Andreas Brunner, Anastasis Palagis Meletis with Flora Vavoula, Anna Papathanasiou, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Eleni Papazoglou, Elísabet Brynhildardóttir, Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Erica Scourti, Eva Ísleifs, Florence Lam, Giorgos Tserionis, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson, Konstantinos Kotsis, Konstantinos Giotis, Kosmas Nikolaou, Logi Leó Gunnarsson, Marina Velisioti, Nikulás Stefán Nikulásson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rakel McMahon, Rebecca Erin Moran, Sara Riel, Petros Papanas, Selma Hreggviðsdóttir, Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson, Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson, Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir, Sigurður Ámundason, Una Margrét Árnadóttir, Una Björg Magnúsdóttir, Ólöf Helga Helgadóttir, Örn Alexander Ámundason, Vasilis Zarifopoulos, Vassilis Noulas and Kostas Tzimoulis (VASKOS), Yorgia Karidi and Yorgos Yatromanolakis.
SATURDAY NOV. 6 AT 9 PM
Örn Alexander Ámundason
Ámundason's work are slight. They are a minor intervention into the space they occupy. An uninformed viewer might think they were looking at remains of something else - that the work has just been removed and that this is what hasn't been finished before the next exhibition opens. They are an intermediary state. They are a stain on the wall that needs a layer of paint and a small piece of fabric hanging on a staple, waiting for someone to absent-mindedly tear it off.
Örn Alexander Ámundason (b. 1984) graduated from Malmö Art Academy (MFA, 2011). Some recent exhibitions and performances include Introduction to Percussion, Kling og Bang (2020) and Tickle, Arsenic in Lausanne (2020); solo exhibitions Crowd Show, Living Art Museum (2015) and Some New Works, Reykjavik Art Museum (2016); and Kunsthalle Exnergasse, The Armory Show and Platform Belfast. In 2013, Ámundason received the Swedish Edstrandska grant. He's a member of the artist-led space Open.
I LOVE THAT SONG
SATURDAY NOV. 6 AT 9PM
On the roof of ΎΛΗ[matter]HYLE
"I love that song" is in the form of a live set. It aspires us to acknowledge on how music and certain song phenomena interfere with collective memory and delicate psyche elements. What does it take for a song to stay with someone forever?
How do we lister and share music with each other? What is it that we love about music?
Yorgia Karidi focuses on the impact of the past century's and present popular art & music and on today's societal structure and collective memory. Her artistic practice raises interest in unmeasurable human qualities through close listening and re-enacting a wide range of pop vocal traits & presentational methods in the form of audio narratives and performances she calls Live Sets as well as through painting, sculpture and video.
Una Margrét Árnadóttir
All these feelings and thoughts, which are existential to a certain degree, at some point suddenly, come together in an action or an object. Sometimes accidentally and sometimes after a long obsession of trying to make things fit together. The work is focused and serious, but at the same time it seems to have taken a step back to reconsider itself. There is something about this contrast between taking one's own existence seriously at the same time as not doing so. To admit to ourselves how little we actually know and how little we will probably continue to know but still stay curious – tempted to attempt.
Una Margrét Árnadóttir graduated from Malmö Art Academy (MFA) in 2013. Alongside her own practice she has been an active member in the art scene in Reykjavík, currently as a member of the artist-run space Open.