Rethymnon, June 12, 2007

The presentation of the exhibition “Grey” by the Centre of Contemporary Art (Contemporary Art Museum of Crete) inaugurated at the Artillery Building and the Ibrahim Khan Mosque at the Rethymnon Fortezza in April 2007, was a resounding success. It remained open until June 17, 2007.

It was a collaboration between the Centre of Contemporary Art and the House of Cyprus, inaugurated initially in February 2007 by the Minister of Culture Mr. Giorgos Voulgarakis at the House of Cyprus and the Zoumboulaki Gallery in Athens.

The following artists participated in the exhibition: Andreas Savvas, Danae Stratou, Socratis Fatouros and Yula Hatzigeorgiou.

The grey background, for the wonderful photos of an earlier era as well as the colour par excellence, used in literature to describe the propensity to melancholy, the colour of autumn as well as of the politico-financial situation and of the issue of any limits of art or of everyday life, gave the title to the exhibition at the House of Cyprus and the Zoumboulaki Gallery initially and later to the one at the Artillery Building and the Ibrahim Khan Mosque in Rethymnon.

It was a production  of new works by the artists which have been created within the last two years on the theme “Grey”, the grey areas that is of the map or the soul with the mobilization of course of the grey area of the brain.

The works of the artists were created with the financial support of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and of two Greek collectors: Prodromos Emfietzoglou and Sotiris Ioannou.

The exhibition was curated by Maria Marangou.

The exhibition was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, the Highlights magazine and by Mr. Prodromos Emfietzoglou, Mr. Sotiris Ioannou and Mr. Dakis Ioannou.

A few words about the exhibition…
Andreas Savvas is moving with his work around the limits of opposites, black-white, good-bad, super power-small country. He expresses himself through the presence of the flag of Cyprus and the dialogue between the symbol and the flag of the U.S.A. which appeared behind John Kerry during his pre-election speech for the Presidency of the super power in an area separated along the axes of “good and evil” of President Bush as well as of the division of Cyprus.

Danae Stratou with her work “Cut” meets grey in seven dividing zones of the planet which are conserved and strengthened by the chronic confrontations between armies, countries and prejudices. By photographing both sides of each separation, she juxtaposes the meanings as well as the reciprocity of their queries. The seven pairs of photos of the installation compose a new zone-corridor which the spectator crosses smoothing over the antithesis.

Socratis Fatouros with his work “Parasite” creates an architectural construction which bears painted and sculptured forms, an ephemeral construction of two surfaces which operates as a parasite since the one half tries to fit in the other. It is a migratory living organism which tries to be integrated and whose needs become the needs of the recipient, creating a “grey” symbiosis in which elements of the one have penetrated inside the other, creating new forms and shaping the parasite and the receptor into an ephemeral harmony.

Yula Hatzigeorgiou creates a series of projections which bring fears and agonies, test the endurance and engage in a dialogue with the grey areas of feelings where there is neither sorrow nor joy. In the projections, the spectator follows a knife which continuously cuts the water or a face that continually drinks water, expressing the anger which is not appeased or the desire which is not satisfied. The repetition of the movement on the surface of the water, on clarity that is, is the choice of a catharsis.

Eric Giovon
Creative Varieties
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