Golden Aid. Eleanna Balesi

 


GOLDEN AID. ELEANNA BALESI

Curated by: Stratis Pantazis
Opening: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm.
Duration: October 6 – November 4, 2016
Coordinated by: Offspring Young Artists
Organized by: ArtWall Project Space, Athens Gr

ARTWALL Project Space
26 Sofokleous Str., Athens 10552
artwallprojectspace@gmail.com
http://www.theartwall.gr


Eleanna Balesi’s exhibition, Golden Aid involves a series of works influenced by daily life issues that take place in our immediate environment. These issues are connected – but not entirely – to the unequal distribution of wealth, and to the overall crisis, which beyond economic, is mainly moral.
For the artist, quest for a better future, and values such as freedom and equality are seen through the prism of contemporary culture. She engages in these values through an anthropocentric-based approach, reflecting on the division between the materiality of things and its absence.

Eleanna Balesi’s artistic practice derives from the overall relationship of her artwork to the general instability associated to social change and structure. This ephemeral reality serves as a stimulus and a cause for her choice of materials used in a series of experimental work, in which she combines organic, inorganic, processed and unprocessed elements.
The artist’s work, formulated within the recent years of the crisis, serves as an outcry in the vast, subversive sociopolitical and economic surrounding from which it originated.

The word Golden derived from the title of the show, refers to the Golden Age of Athens (of Pericles) – a period of cultural outburst, intellectual and spiritual flowering, and establishment of democracy. The second word in the title – aid, spontaneously reminds us of first aid – of immediate assistance to human need as nowadays people desperately seek self-rescue; a distant utopia in itself, a gold-coated pill of temporary relief. GoldenAid exhibition raises questions about real meaning of value and the ”valuable”, as interpreted by various social classes. How do these different, contradictory interpretations, meet and integrate with the imminent conditions of life? In any case, egocentrism and personal gain are clearly visible, as Luxury and Need, two conflicting meanings, bind in dialogue.

Eleanna Balesi’s Golden Aid is part of the Offspring Young Artists for the cultivation and facilitation of new generation artistic practice.


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Eleanna Balesi, Detail from installation, ‘Pinching Sensation’, 2016
[photo © Offspring Young Artists]


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Eleanna Balesi, ‘Puff’, 2016
[photo © Offspring Young Artists]


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Eleanna Balesi, ‘Puff’, 2016
[photo © Offspring Young Artists]


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Overall view of exhibition
[photo © Offspring Young Artists]


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Eleanna Balesi, ‘Education’, 2016
[photo © Offspring Young Artists]


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Eleanna Balesi, ‘Golden Dental Elements’, 2016
[photo © Offspring Young Artists]


Eleanna Balesi

Eleanna Balesi was born in Piraeus in 1993.
She studied at the Department of Plastic Arts and Science, University of Ioannina.
The main concern of her work is space, time and the materialization of the everyday sociopolitical issues. According to the artist, the term ‘contemporary art’ does not manifest only the recent art production, but should address current issues. Her materials are mostly everyday and ephemeral and often charged by a story or a situation. Any given gesture serves as a symbol/ comment in today’s conflict.

Participation in group shows:

RE CULTURE 4, Patra, Athens-GR (2016) / POWERFOOL, FLAT1 (in collaboration with CHEAPART Athens / Offspring Young Artists), Vienna, Austria (2016) / EPITOPOU 15, Andros-GR (2015) / Street Art Festival (SAF), Thessaloniki-GR (2015) / INSPIRE FESTIVAL, ACTIVE SPACES, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA), Thessaloniki-GR (2014) / Global Eradication of Violence Against Women Day, SocArtes team, Athens-GR (2014) / Action Field Kodra, I NEED A HERO, VALUABLE MATTERS IN VALUABLE TIMES, Thessaloniki-GR (2014), Paraliart, Thessaloniki-GR (2014) / 9th Athens Digital Art Festival (2013).

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Overall view of exhibition [Photo © CHEAPART]


POWERFOOL

Opening: Friday, June 17, 2016, 19:00
Duration: June 17 – 21, 2016
Conceived by: Georg Georgakopoulos
Curated by: Georg Georgakopoulos CHEAPART/ Flat1 (Kerstin Bennier, Christian Murzek)
Collaborating organizations: CHEAPART, Athens Gr / Flat1, Vienna Au
Participating members: CHEAPART, Offspring Young Artists,  Wien Kultur

Participating Artists:
Eleanna Balesi, Kerstin Bennier, Giannis Cheimonakis, Dimitris Georgakopoulos, Nikos Giavropoulos, Dimitris Halatsis, Babis Karalis, Christian Murzek, Vaggelis Savvas, Giannis Sinioroglou.

Flat1
Bahn/Stadtbahnbogen 6-7
1060 Wien
www.facebook.com/kunstraum.flat1
www.flat1.at


Within a constantly changing world, every new day endures a surprise; the contemporary man experiences a reality that overwhelms him. Power and strength, the subordinate and the dominant; meanings have been stretched and distorted, challenging the modern man to establish a current positioning strategy. Faced with his decision he stands before unexpected dilemmas and is forced to devise a new self-image adjustable to extreme conditions and meet up to new standards. The individual is forced to self infuse and accumulate power from situations, power that he does not have. The quest for strength and for survival is the source and the cause of a powerful addictive behavior. This pursuit suggests the underlying concept in the exhibition POWERFOOL.

When Dr. Frankenstein questions the beginning of creation and the origin of life by devising a horrible human ghost, he in fact portrays the modern man in his quest to revive matter from power; in so he creates a personal ghost that destroys both creator and host.

Artists Eleanna Balesi and Vangelis Savvas have been invited to participate in Powerfool exhibition, as a part of the Offspring Young Artists program.

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“Childhood” Eleanna Balesi

Baton, police rod covered with colorful chewing gum. 
MAT law enforcement officials (Units for the Reinstatement of Order), employed by Greek government, often exercise their authority by overpowering their command.
According to Eleanna Balesi, the baton as a symbol of government authority is yet neutralized by a colorful array of chewing gum. Childhood, the purest and earliest state of human existence often illustrates hateful gestures that suggest an initial form harassment and revenge, such as clinging chewing gum to something.


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“Rescue forces” Vangelis Savvas

“Rescue forces” is a series of life jackets from the coast of Kos, the Aegean island in Greece that accepted most of refugees during the migrant crisis.
While the life jackets suggest assistance and support, the coat of salt applied on their surface refer to the process of curing and sustaining (food preservation).


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Christos Vagiatas. It never happened. Offspring Young Artists

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‘Closed’ Christos Vagiatas [Photo © Offspring Young Artists]

As Monument, as shrine, the cut inflicted upon this installation separating it in two pieces is a direct reference to the the general perception of public space and the “monumental”. The passage brings the viewer in front of his reflection (mirror). Material play involves replacing marble with styrofoam, gold leaves placed at the surface of the incision undermine the importance of the monument as a symbol of authority.


IT NEVER HAPPENED. CHRISTOS VAGIATAS

Opening: Friday June 24, 2016, 8:00 pm.
Duration: June 24 – July 18, 2016
Visiting hours: Tuesday, Thursday 5:00 – 9:00 pm., Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Coordinated by: Offspring Young Artists
Organized by: ArtWall Project Space, Athens Gr

ARTWALL Project Space
26 Sofokleous Str., Athens 10552
artwallprojectspace@gmail.com
http://www.theartwall.gr


“It never happened” examines the potential between individual and public space. That “which never happened, or might have happened or might happen” refers to a sequel of probabilities that are set in motion yet are never executed.

The potential to influence, intervene and act upon one another multiplies constantly, every day and infinitely, yet their actualization becomes more and more unlikely to occur. In creating a restrictive and closed system, this project attempts to reinforce and support that which will actually happen.

A “monument”, a perpetual symbol of public space that implies both power and indifference, is set up in the ArtWall exhibition space, constructing an environment that implicates the interior and exterior (outdoor) space. As a result of this emerging environment, new potential and dynamics develop, creating new associations among individual and public space.

New spaces form within the existing, commenting on the methods and practices necessary to the individual in co-existing with h/his surrounding environment. Yet at the same time this process emphasizes one’s inadequacy to do so, as one waits for an intervention, in order to exist.
It is in the observer’s hand to fill in the intermediate space, either physically or mentally.

Within the ArtWall, which is by definition an “intermediate space” a combination of indoor and outdoor, of private and public space, the observer is guided through a crossing of paths and intersections with the artwork. S/he is called upon to piece as a whole within the environment, but also with h/him self, whom he discovers in his journey.

Christos Vagiatas solo presentation entitled “It never happened” is a part of the Offspring Young Artists for the cultivation and facilitation of new generation artistic practice.

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‘Selection…’ Christos Vagiatas [Photo © Offspring Young Artists]

A massive, monumental installation placed within the gallery space, (a temple like-screen) creates a passage for the viewer to meet himself through a marble cube. The cube may either bind with the monument or define as a stand alone ballot box. In so, Christos Vagiatas comments on one’s alternatives and options within a given space; how choice shapes both individual and public space.


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‘Libertas’ Christos Vagiatas [Photo © Offspring Young Artists]

The viewer stands before the reflection of the message “Libertas”, and to the course which led him there (thoughts on the restriction of individual freedom and action).


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‘The hate of his enemies’ Christos Vagiatas [Photo © Offspring Young Artists]

Freedom of speech restricted from public space. A composition of 4 funnels, gagged with marble, broadcasting a “Lost Bodies” soundtrack -the socially conscious, experimental punk band active in Greece over the past 30 years.


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‘Nothing Again’ Christos Vagiatas [Photo © Offspring Young Artists]

Two symbolic elements encountered on a daily basis, carriers of public messages, presented in dialogue with each other as inactive elements that imply and dismiss actions “that never happened”, which never occurred.


Christos Vagiatas

Born in Athens in 1990. Graduate and postgraduate studies at the Department of Fine Arts and Sciences of Art at the University of Ioannina, Greece.

The work of Christos Vagiatas examines the concept of the limit, in terms of representation and meaning. By using limit as a structural element, and with the use of linear traces, he renegotiates simple forms and familiar symbols by marking and intervening in space to create new conditions. On the other hand, boundaries take up the form of a coded speech; seeking answers and acquiring concerns on the very nature itself, of limit as a form of experience.

Participation in group exhibitions, workshops and sculpture symposiums.

(selection)
Back to Athens 2016, Who is afraid of rhinoceros?, Athens-GR, 2016 / Babel Fragments: Revisited, metamatic:taf, Athens-Gr, 2015 / EPITOPOU 15, Andros Island-Gr, 2015 / Afresh, A New Generation of Greek Artists, EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013 – 2014, Athens-Gr / Tradition today, Cultural Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus, Athens-Gr, 2014 / Boundaries, Artscape and Snehta, 2014, Athens-Gr / uP, metamatic:taf, 2014, Athens-Gr / I need a hero, ACTION FIELD Κodra, Thessaloniki-Gr, 2014 / NOTHING, Tint gallery, 2013, Thessaloniki-Gr / REMAP 4, LOXODROME, 2013 Athens-Gr / Déjà vécu, an[a]mesa, 2013 Athens-Gr / RE:ACT VOL II, BLOCK 33, 2013 Thessaloniki / Message in a bottle, Municipal Gallery of Mythimna, 2013 Lesvos, Gr. / ACTION FIELD Κodra, What We Want, 2012 Thessaloniki-Gr / INSPIRE festival, Macedonian Museum Of Contemporary Art, 2012 Thessaloniki-Gr / XV Biennale de la Mediterranee “Symbiosis?”, 2011 Thessaloniki-Gr / ACTION FIELD Κodra -Kodra Fresh, 2011 Thessaloniki-Gr / Athens Video*/Art Festival, 2011, Athens-Gr, Awards 2011, Visual Arts exhibition, Municipal Gallery of Ioannina City, Ioannina 2011.

Text written to accompany the exhibition: Angela Hadji.

SYSTEMS Offspaces Platform

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Independent artists and groups in dialogue

Systems-offspaces platform documented independent cultural activity within the Athens city center, and created immediate dialogue within the art system itself. Systems is a platform for discussion that records the independent artistic movement, its ability and potential to engage in the city’s events and actions. Representatives of the contemporary Greek art scene presented practices and methods regarding the sustainability of their group or project in a time of crisis, thus creating the grounds for collective trust and future collaborations.

Systems [2012] open call

to independent art spaces and art collectives based in European cities. We are interested in groups and/or spaces that perceive the city as an open field of action, operate in non-conventional ways and achieve innovative models of symbiosis.

Systems aims to create a platform for discussion that will document the independent art activity in European centers, as well as their potential to be an active part of the events that take place within these cities.

Each space, group or art collective operates in a unique way. Is is a priority for us to unite these different art entities and to present their methodology, discuss their viability at a time of crisis, and build affiliate networks with other countries by exchanging expertise among the participants. System’s panel encourages recently formed art groups as well as older initiatives to share their experiences, form new partnerships, and provide the art audience with an overview on what is happening right now in other European countries.

Each speaker for the Systems panel will have up to 15 minutes to deliver their presentation, projector included. The talks will begin in the afternoon and continue until the evening.

SYSTEMS Offspaces Team
Georg Georgakopoulos
Dimitris Georgakopoulos
Fotini kapiris
Coordination
Kika Kyriakakou

Duration
June 12th – June 15th, 2012
CAMP! Contemporary Art Meeting Point

SYSTEMS PANEL. AGENDA

SYSTEMS-CAMP


sύsτems day 1
1st panel
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
17:30

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Participating groups
ABOUT Maria Aloupi
http://www.facebook.com/AboutArtAthens
OPEN SHOW STUDIO Sofia Toumboura
https://www.facebook.com/openshowstudio
LUDENS LABS Vicky Theodoropoulou
http://www.facebook.com/a.playground.for.the.mind
EDO Valentini Kaimaki
Panel Moderator: Konstantinos Koukos


sύsτems day 1
2nd panel
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
19:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_IMAGINE-THE-CITY_SIX-DOGS_BETON7_ANAMESA

Participating groups
IMAGINE THE CITY Mary Palmoutsou, Christos Dimolikas
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imagine-The-City/103749233023217
SIX D.O.G.S. Konstantinos Dakritzikos
https://www.facebook.com/pages/six-dogs/146230588595
BETON 7 Michalis Argyrou
https://www.facebook.com/Beton7.Arts
ANAMESA Rozy Diamantaki
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ανάμεσα/257557197608976


sύsτems day 1
3rd panel
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
21:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_ASTIKO-KENO_EXTRA-CONJUGALE_YPO-KATASKEVI

Participating groups
ASTIKO KENO Nikos Kazeros
EXTRA CONJUGALE Eirini Karagiannopoulou
YPO KATASKEVI Georgia Voudouri
https://www.facebook.com/ypokataskevi


sύsτems day 2
1st panel
Wednesday June 13th, 2012
17:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_INDOORS-PLUS_ΜETAPOLIS_DADADA-ACADEMY

Participating groups
INDOORS PLUS  Vally Nomidou
ΜETAPOLIS Giannis Giannakopoulos
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Metapolis-Photography-Seminars/115935701815814?ref=ts
3137 Kosmas Nicholaou
DADADA ACADEMY Panos Papadopoulos
Panel Moderator: Tina Manolopoulou


sύsτems day 2
2nd panel
Wednesday June 13th, 2012
19:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_STIGMA-LAB_FROWN_TAILS_ΒΕΕΤROOT

Participating groups
STIGMA LAB Cacao Rocks
http://www.facebook.com/StigmaSquad?ref=ts
FROWN TAILS Marianna Christofi
http://www.facebook.com/frown.tails
BEETROOT Vangelis Liakos
http://www.facebook.com/beetrootdesigngroup?ref=ts


sύsτems day 2
3rd panel
Wednesday June 13th, 2012
21:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_ODC-ENSEMBLE-VYRSODEPSEIO_G-DESIGN-STUDIO_NOMADIKI-ARCHITECTONIKI

Participating groups
ODC ENSEMBLE / VYRSODEPSEIO Elli Papakonstantinou
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Βυρσοδεψειο-Vyrsodepsio-by-Oδc-Company/120789998031551?ref=ts
G DESIGN STUDIO Michalis Georgiou
http://www.facebook.com/G.Design.Studio.Athens?ref=ts
NOMADIC ARCHITECTURE Eleni Tzirtzilaki
A GLIMPSE OF Dimitra Ioannou


sύsτems day 3
1st panel
Thursday June 14th, 2012
17:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_E-MOBILART_MAPPING-THE-COMMONS-ATHENS_ORIZONTAS-GEGONOTON_RECONSTRUCTION-COMMUNITY

Participating groups
E-MOBILART Dimitris Charitos
MAPPING THE COMMONS ATHENS Dafni Dragona
http://www.facebook.com/events/160649587310913
ORIZONTAS GEGONOTON Jimmy Efthimiou
RECONSTRUCTION COMMUNITY Elena Akyla
Panel moderator: Konstantinos Koukos


sύsτems day 3
2nd panel
Thursday June 14th, 2012
19:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_KUNSTHALLE-ATHENA_LO-AND-BEHOLD_BACK-TO-ATHENS_SALON-DE-VORTEX

Participating groups
KUNSTHALLE ATHENA Elena Papathanasiadi, Marina Fokidis, Apostolos Vasilopoulos
LO AND BEHOLD Georgos Papadatos
BACK TO ATHENS Dimitris Georgakopoulos
SALON DE VORTEX Giannis Grigoriadis, Giannis Isidorou
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Salon-De-Vortex/175742942440857?ref=ts
Panel moderator: Haris Charalambidi


sύsτems day 3
3nd panel
Thursday June 14th, 2012
21:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_QW3RTY_KANGAROO_COURT_OMADA-FILOPAPPOU

Participating groups
QW3RTY Markela Andrikaki, Katerina Nikou
KANGAROO COURT Nana Sachini
OMADA FILOPAPPOU Kostas Christopoulos
Panel moderator: Konstantinos Koukos


sύsτems day 4
1st panel
Friday June 15th, 2012
17:30

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Participating groups
MOVING SILENCE Anastasia Chrisanthakopoulou
ERASERS Georgos Konstantinidis
SYNTHESI Georgos Neris
http://www.facebook.com/groups/8866162596/
DAILY LAZY PROJECTS
DlProjects Stelios Karamanolis
Panel moderator: Konstantinos Koukos


sύsτems day 4
2nd panel
Friday June 15th, 2012
19:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_KINISI-MAVILI_ELCULTURE_REMAP

Participating groups
KINISI MAVILI Georgia Maragani
http://www.facebook.com/people/Kinisi-Mavili/100001297468597
ELCULTURE Nikos Ververidis
http://www.facebook.com/elculture?ref=ts
REMAP Iasonas Tsakonas
http://www.facebook.com/ReMap3
CAMP! Fotini Kapiris
http://www.facebook.com/CAMP.ContemporaryArtMeetingPoint


sύsτems day 4
3rd panel
Friday June 15th, 2012
21:30

Systems_CAMP_CHEAPART_XYZ_dasta-asfa_PROVO-PRINCIPLES

Participating groups
XYZ Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka Yio
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=180541228656669&id=378156257429
CHEAPART Georg Georgakopoulos
http://www.facebook.com/pages/cheapart-official-page/123135417715120?ref=ts
Career Office of the Athens School of Fine Arts Giannis Skaltsas
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003886483407&ref=ts
PROVO PRINCIPLES Georgos Tserionis
http://www.facebook.com/events/321612917852925/

OFFSPACES International Research Program

In 2008 a group of people from the art scene shared a common goal, to research artist-run spaces and groups, and independent art activity from all over the world. OFFSPACES International Research Program focuses on presenting and documenting cutting edge ideas and new and experimental projects, and to reveal the international network of innovative activity and off space initiative.

The international audience reaches out to the new identity of the contemporary artist as expressed through the global language of art. Building a long-term relationship and partnership with artists and organizations, the project encourages the public to become part of this society of creative pioneers.

‘Get-togethers’ of diverse artistic and cultural domains pave the way for new collaborations, expanding forms of creativity further than the visual arts. Artists have a unique chance to present themselves on an international level, to compare practices and strategies and to develop prospect partnerships, enhancing in so, a trans cultural dialogue.

OFFSPACES International is open to collaboration with sponsors, foundations and embassies. Its purpose is to create a network of artists and organizations, to support artistic production on an international level.

OFFSPACES International

Georg Georgakopoulos
Dimitris Georgakopoulos
Fotini Kapiris

facebook.com/OFFSPACESInternationalYoungArtFair