The group show (Geta Bratescu, Hannah Hoch, Ioannis Koliopoulos, Paola Palavidi, Sergei Parajanov, Artavazd Peleschjan, John Stezaker) explores the aesthetic and conceptual aspects of the photographic image.
Geta Brǎtescu, Hannah Höch, Ioannis Koliopoulos, Paola Palavidi,
Sergei Parajanov, Artavazd Peleschjan, John Stezaker
Qbox gallery is pleased to present a group show entitled MARRIAGE. The exhibition explores the aesthetic and conceptual aspects of the photographic image as an epic and lyrical potential to transform and unveil limitless possible ways for perception and contemplation. Two films are shown by the pioneer directors Artavazd Peleschjan and Sergei Parajanov along with the unique collages of Hannah Hoch and John Stezaker, Geta Brătescu’s exemplary studio performances, and the multilayered collage-drawings of Paola Palavidi and Ioannis Koliopoulos.
The initial creation of an image is already a transformative process that gives form to the mental and physical experience. This “transubstantiation” unfolds a chain of supplementary incidents that weave together an untitled scenario that waits for reflection. In the end of the creative process, the contradictory traits of the interconnections between the incidents remain in order to shape a balanced sequence. This could be related to the “distance montage” of Artavazd Peleschjan (b. Armenia, 1938), an essential filmmaker who instead of having a linear narrative in his films he creates an intuitive association and a rhythmic movement between the images so as to form a unity. The black and white film The Seasons of the Year (1975), which is shown in the gallery space, depicts the change of seasons in his native country, Armenia, where the relationship between man and nature is emphasized and the latter imposes itself to the former.
In addition, Armenian director Sergei Parajanov’s (1924-1990) rich color film The Color of Pomegranates (1969) embraces the symbolical and poetical sense of the image by entering into the inner world of the Armenian poet-trobadour Aruthin Sayadian, (1712- 1795), known as Sayat Nova. Through the strong use of metaphors, Parajanov creates an ethnographic film that is an assemblage of painting, theatre, dance, music and photography. Moreover, the exhibition includes one collage of Hannah Höch (1889- 1978), the famous German Dada artist who was one of the originators of photomontage. John Stezaker (b. 1949, Worcester, U.K.), who is the master of image subversion, presents four photographic collages, where his discreet intervention on the existing material enhances the uncanny atmosphere of the portraits and reminds us once again the strong effects of visual language. Geta Brătescu (b. 1926, Ploiesti, RO) is known for her long- term multidisciplinary work that develops the discourse between every day life and art practice. In the late 70’s Brătescu made her studio an artistic theme itself, where she aimed to dissolve the boundaries between fiction and reality, daily actions and performance art.
The young upcoming artists Paola Palavidi (b. Greece, 1986) and Ioannis Koliopoulos (b. Greece, 1986) are the “image manipulators” who create a jumble of narratives out of used objects and pictures that draw attention to the absurdity of daily life. In the exhibition MARRIAGE they depict a new series of collages combined with drawings where they play with the symbolical language of images by deconstructing any given meaning. MARRIAGE celebrates the dynamics of the photographic image by bringing together a number of artists from different generations and backgrounds so as to make a profound research on the mutable nature of the image as such. Beyond the depiction of multiple representations of reality, these works stimulate the visitor’s imagination while they elicit the poetical elements of visual art.
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Opening: Tuesday, April 23, 19:00 – 22:00
Armodiou 10, Varvakeios agora, Athens
Visiting hours: Tue – Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 12:00-16:00