06-14.11.2021 with works by Marina Velisioti, 11:00-22:00
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2021:11:14 23:07:00 Europe/AthensHEAD2HEAD Athens - What is life like for you?HEAD2HEAD Athens - What is life like for you? - More informations on /events/event/3378-head2head-athens-what-is-life-like-for-youStoa 42 A-Dash, Kling & Bang
HEAD2HEAD OPENING II
What is life like for you?
Part of Head2Head project by A-DASH, Athens & Kling&Bang, Reykjavik
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON FLORENCE LAM MARINA VELISIOTI
Opening: Saturday 6 November, 16.00 - 22.00 with performances by Ragnar Kjaransson and Florence Lam
Duration: 6 - 14 November 2021 with works by Marina Velisioti, from 11.00 to 22.00 Stoa 42, Panepistimiou 42, Athens
Stoa42 is delighted to participate at the Head2Head project organized by the A-DASH space in collaboration with the artist-run exhibition space Kling & Bang from Iceland and pleased to host works by the artists Ragnar Kjartansson, Florence Lam, and Marina Velisioti.
Ragnar Kjartansson presents for the first time his new performance “To Emily” (2021), specially conceived for the project. Nothing but a vinyl player, hi fi speakers and cigarettes. A performance dedicated To Emily. Florence Lam participates with her new film “Bios” (2021). Florence investigates how personal and collective memories interact with our senses, beliefs, and traditions. Marina Velisioti shows her new series of landscape, handwoven tapestries and sci-fi digital collages, traveling us through her space imagery in new, undiscovered, extraterrestrial dimensions.
The bilateral exhibition project Head2Head 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 is taking place in Athens on 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.
Artist bios Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976) engages multiple artistic mediums, creating video installations, performances, drawings, and paintings that draw upon myriad historical and cultural references. Kjartansson lives and works in Reykjavík. An underlying pathos and irony connect his works, with each deeply influenced by the comedy and tragedy of classical theater. The artist blurs the distinctions between mediums, approaching his painting practice as performance, likening his films to paintings, and his performances to sculpture. Major solo shows include exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Reykjavík Art Museum; the Barbican Centre, London; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, Washington D.C.; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; among others. Kjartansson participated in The Encyclopedic Palace at the Venice Biennale in 2013, Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2014, and he represented Iceland at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Florence Lam (b.1992, Vancouver, BC), originally from Hong Kong, lives and works between Reykjavík, Iceland and Germany. Her practice is an exercise for herself to be hopeful in any situation she encounters, working towards mainly live art including performance, installation and poetry. She obtained her MA in Fine Art at Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík, 2017, and BA in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, 2014. Recent presentations include "You Will Find Me in the Garden", Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan, 2019; “Peppermint”, Kling & Bang, Reykjavík Art Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland, 2018; and "The Artist Disappears", Cabaret der Kunstler - Zunfthaus Voltaire, Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland, 2016.
Marina Velisioti (b. 1982, Thessaloniki) studied at the Department of Applied Arts at the School of Fine Arts in Thessaloniki. During the last years, Marina Velisioti has been producing a series of collages and tapestries developing narratives inspired by deserted or forgotten landscapes turning them into astonishing, unrealistic universes, often with a playful and humoristic mood. Marina is also a passionate scholar of U.F.O's, monsters, sci-fi culture, and the founder and editor of the art zine Bebabebo till 2013. Her work has been presented in the solo sow Nature Immortelle, Romantso, Athens, 2014, and in various group exhibitions, Fantasy Island, An installation in collaboration with Ios elementary school, Ios festival, Ios Island, 2021, Hot Show, Bebabebo zine Launch, Issue no 9, Athens, 2020, Please Please Me, Symptoms Project, Amfissa, 2020, ΗΛΕΚΤΡΙΣ /How to think like a mountain, Samothrace, July 2019.