Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday: 11:00-19:00
In the Same Space is an artistic dialogue initiated by photographer Eirini Vourloumis (b. 1979) with the oeuvre of her grandfather, painter Andreas Vourloumis (1910-1999). Eirini Vourloumis juxtaposes photos she shot with her mobile phone while wandering around Athens with works by Andreas Vourloumis depicting the city that date back more than half a century: paintings, watercolours, drawings and poems. Though the media are different, the process, a form of flânerie through the Greek capital, is the same.
The exhibition comprises 32 pairs of photos in dialogue with a number of paintings and watercolours by Andreas Vourloumis, chosen by Eirini Vourloumis herself. Two artists register the city of Athens in different ways at different times, highlighting daily life, characteristic locations and hidden corners of the city. The dialogue between the two artists reveals uncanny connections and surprising continuities, mostly to be found in the details of the landscapes and interior spaces, but also in terms of colour and form. The exhibition creates a link between post-WWII Athens, as depicted in the drawings of an accomplished painter of that time, and modern-day Athens, as documented by Eirini Vourloumis during her wanderings. These images highlight both the timelessness of the city, but also reveal the changes that have defined the city as it is today. The exhibition is a meditation on urban change, on spaces or places that have been lost, but also a tribute to the artist’s grandfather. In that sense it is at once highly personal and emotional, at the same time a social and anthropological take on a city that has undergone rapid transformation in the last fifty years. There is both nostalgia and poetry in this work, but seen through the eyes of two different generations. What has been lost? What has stayed the same? What needs to be cherished and preserved? How do we remember and experience the cities we live in? How do we recall the memory of those who once walked the same streets as us? These are some of the questions raised in the project.
Eirini Vourloumis, "Untitled", 2022