Kalfayan Galleries is presenting a group show curated by Areti Leopoulou, featuring the works by Vartan Avakian Bill Balaskas, Ioannis Faitakis, Niki Kanagini, Maria Loizidou, Elias Mamaliogkas, Silvina Der Meguerditchian, Alex Mylona, Nina Papakonstantinou, Retrovi, Efi Spyrou, Maria Tsagkari.
“A thread has the ability to connect and hold together other objects; it is located always “somewhere in between” as a binder and it doesn’t seem to have an independent endity. Functioning as a literal and metaphorical bridge, it may simultaneously consolidate, yet also separate. Whether the thread is approached as an object of knitting or as an allegorical reference in life and in psychoanalysis (eg the “life thread”, or the “Ariadne’s Thread” -the mythological abolition of the human sacrifice custom in the ancient world), it is undoubtedly a term that is present to numerous situations of life over time, but customary used in the frame of weaving, knitting and embroidery. Mathematics also find meaning through threads; people look at their lives on the edge of the thread; even computer programing is based on the thread as a process. Furthermore, if viewed as the product of an industry that has supported tremendously the Greek economy during the 20th century, then one easily perceives that it does carry a memory with countless cultural and social aspects.
The concept of this exhibition is based on the above thoughts and its aim is to meet a variety of thread management scenarios and cases: all projects are clear attempts to use the thread as a bridge for visual and conceptual research, by both anonymous artisans of previous centuries and contemporary artists, creating since the early ’60s and up to today.”
Please note that the gallery will be closed on Mondays in July and for the entire month of August.
- Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki
- Thread, Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki