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Issue 29
February 2014


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Visual Dialogues:
Genesis: the poetry of C. P. Cavafy

The 2013 Visual Dialogues transformed Plato’s Academy Leisure Park into the perfect exhibition ground for works inspired by the acclaimed Greek poet, C.P. Cavafy.

It is the third time the OCC has staged this initiative which was held from 7 November 2013 to 7 January 2014 and which was curated by scholar and art historian Marilena Karra.

This year, ten contemporary visual artists were invited to use modern technologies (video screenings, digital images and photographs, animation) as the medium with which to create new and original art works dealing with the presence of ancient Greek thought in the poetry of Cavafy. The works commissioned for the exhibition were displayed in special architectural constructions.

With the aim of establishing dialogue between Greek and foreign artists, while paying due respect to the cosmopolitan attitude of the poet’s life and work, the visual artists asked to participate in this year’s event comprised of three foreign artists and numerous Greek artists permanently residing overseas. In this way, the stroll through Plato’s Academy Leisure Park became a journey through works by contemporary Greek and foreign visual artists.

The participating artists and works were as follows: Athanasios Argianas, Pinna; Maria Varela, And so much intensity in Greek phraseology; Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Antioch; Rick Myers, An Excavation / A Reading (Before the Statue of Endymion); Theo Prodromidis, Towards the Bank of the Future; Erica Skourti, Out of Time; Yorgos Taxiarchopoulos, Oracle; Joana Hadjithomas – Khalil Joreige, I stared at beauty so much…; Marianna Christofides, Here let me stand; Bill Psarras, Urban Halo.

It is worth noting that, on 8th October 2013, Katerina Athanasopoulou’s work entitled Apodemy, which was commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Centre and premiered at the 2012 Visual Dialogues at Plato’s Academy Leisure Park, was awarded the international Lumen Prize. The Lumen Prize is an annual international award bestowed on the best digital works.

The Visual Dialogues form part of the “Greek thought in dialogue. Experiential learning programmes” project, which is itself part of the “Academy of Plato: the State and the Citizen” venture. The project was designed by the Alexander S. Onassis Cultural Centre, non-profit organization, and is implemented with the collaboration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The project is co-funded by the European Union (European Social Fund) and national resources within the framework of the Education and Lifelong Learning Programme.

This project aims to provide education and lifelong learning to people of all ages through a broad range of experiential learning activities. It seeks to open new channels of thought and reflection on issues of ongoing international concern, and revolves around Greek thought and Plato’s Academy. Prominent thinkers, academics, scientists, artists and intellectuals from every corner of the world engage in public dialogue, educational programmes, workshops and targeted experiential learning projects revolving around the axis of the Greek nation, the State and the Citizen.

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