Location of Dio Horia's main space
Mykonos itself provokes debate. On the one hand, it has an impressive morphology, with massive, rocky formations, sandy beaches and a microclimate that boasts a high concentration of sunshine hours. Le Corbusier said: "if you haven't seen the houses in Mykonos, you can't pretend to be an architect", and also, "whatever architecture had to say, it is said here". On the other hand, it's the other face of Mykonos that has dominated for almost three decades: the libertine, greedy, megalomaniac, opulent Mykonos. Avarice, wealth, beauty: a "unity of the opposites", a Heraclitus quote that Jacques Lacarrière recalled in his essay "L'été grec".
Mykonos has been chosen as Dio Horia gallerie's headquarters for the contradictions that presents. Starting with its history and investigating facts such as its economic evolution through the ages, the exhibitions focus on: Mykonos tourism identity, the bohemian, alternative Mykonos of the '40s - '70s, the cosmopolitan Mykonos of the '80s -'00s, and so on. Central to the ethos of Dio Horia gallery are the people of Mykonos, the important personalities that have visited the island and the work they left behind, as well as today's inhabitants and their daily life.
Dio Horia is an art platform & gallery for contemporary art and culture that was inaugurated in 2015. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, residencies, events, publications and pop-up bookshops, Dio Horia gallery stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and knowledge exchange with the audience. Founded by Marina Vranopoulou, Dio Horia gallery supports artists in the development and exhibition of their work. In addition, Dio Horia gallery encourages a dialogue between the local and global art scene, promoting Greek and international art to a wider audience.
Dio Horia gallery strives to be at the forefront of cultural experimentation both in Greece and the world beyond, by presenting important solo and group shows by established artists. At the same time, a generation of young artists will take part in exhibitions and residencies. Dio Horia engages in collaborative projects developed as a result of associations with artists, curators, non-profit organizations and cultural carriers. These fall into categories ranging from social, cultural and literary studies to music and performing arts. Through these collaborations, Dio Horia plays host to diverse viewpoints and aesthetics.
The name Dio Horia is inspired by a book by Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis entitled Dio Horia from Mykonos, where the phrase "Dio Horia" means both "two spaces" and "two villages". Besides its main location in Mykonos, Dio Horia gallerie’s activities move nomadically from one place to another, in order to study each location's different social aspects, and therefore become the driving force behind the artistic practice. These places are as popular as Mykonos to the non-art initiated public, and present, again like Mykonos, an interesting and dynamic social situation.
Taking into account the catalyzing role in fostering artistic production, the residency program encourages cultural diversity and creative learning exchange. In times of political and economic tension, residencies facilitate the artists’ ability to move across the world. By providing them with time, space and supplies, as well as the opportunity to live in Mykonos for a while, the residency program at Dio Horia gallery creates short-term & flexible encounters, builds bridges between Greece and other countries and cultures, annihilates distances and propels the idea of mutual understanding and coexistence.
During their stay at Dio Horia gallery, each artist is invited to create an artwork out of his/her experience there. These artworks 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.