Dio Horia in Mykonos
June 26th - October 31st, 2015
The group exhibition Dio Horia in Mykonos curated by Marina Vranopoulou brought together works by Atelier Arizona, Giannis Varelas, Hugo Canoilas, Maja Djordjevic, Vassilis H., Linda Havenstein, Elias Kafouros, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Panayiotis Loukas, Olga Migliaressi-Phoca, Malvina Panagiotidi, Rallou Panagiotou, Selma Parlour, Wilhelm Sasnal, Aleksandar Todorovic, Panos Tsagaris, Alexandros Tzannis, Aleksandra Urban, Jannis Varelas and Honza Zamojski. The exhibition, as well as the host cultural platform, was under constant transformation; the artworks changed often, old works gave way to new ones, bringing along fresh perspectives. To this, the art historian Marina Vranopoulou comments, “Dio Horia functions as an ongoing research, a question we are trying to answer, an art platform. In other words, it is a space that works as a starting point and not as a destination.’’ The exhibition explored the attraction-repulsion effect associated with Mykonos, as well as the current situation of tourism and the sociopolitical upheavals in Greece. First, the participating artists received a lot of material regarding all features that characterize Mykonos from antiquity to today. Afterwards, they were invited, through the artist residency program, to spend some time on the island, to explore it and create their own view of it in relation to the stereotypes that it is associated with. They were then called to transform this experience into creation. Selma Parlour, Vassilis H., Malvina Panagiotidi, Panayiotis Loukas, Elias Kafouros, Olga Migliaressi-Phoca, and Atelier Arizona have already visited the island and created works that offer new perspectives and add to the kaleidoscopic cultural landscape of Mykonos, while simultaneously building bridges between the local specificities and the global map of contemporary art.
Some months later, Maja Djordjevic, Rallou Panagiotou, Alexandros Tzannis, Wilhelm Sasnal and Linda Havenstein had presented new artworks as a result of their stay and research in Mykonos. Works by Tzannis, Panagiotou and Sasnal were already displayed in the exhibition site.