Technosfaira has been in existence for about two years. It was founded by Vasiliki Tampouri and is an association of Greek artists. Members include dancers, musicians, singers, jewellery makers and of course visual artists. So far Technosfaira has had five exhibitions and are mounting their sixth in Piraeus, (the port city of Athens) between the 14th and 19th of May, but there will be another post about this soon.
What is happening now is an exhibition which takes place every weekend in Piliki Stoa, an art café. There will be a set of different paintings and crafts every weekend, from Friday through til Sunday. The first on begins on Friday, 19th April and viewing times are 5 pm until 11 pm, and at the same times on Saturday. You can get there earlier for Sunday viewing, as the exhibition (and café) will be open from 11 am until 11pm. There will be different works on display every weekend, so if you go there every week, you shouldn’t see the same works as the week before. This type of rolling exhibition is an opportunity for contemporary Greek artists to have their work displayed.
Pikili Stoa is situated on Aghios Philipos (Saint Philip Street) number 14. This is close to the railway station at Thiseio. It’s not far to walk from the metro in Monastiraki either. You have to walk past the James Joyce pub (an Irish bar) to reach it. It has wonderful views after dark as you can see the Temple of Thiseio and the Acropolis lit up and facing each other.
I have been lucky enough to have a sneak preview of one of the paintings that will be in the exhibition. It is “Hellas, Top of the Pigs” by Vasiliki Tampouri. It shows Hellas (the female personification of Greece) being crucified against the backdrop of an angry sea and sky. The inscription on the cross is “Hellas, Top of the Pigs” and this refers to the slur cast on countries such as Greece, Portugal and Ireland by some of the German media. There is great anger and frustration in Greece, not just against the imposition of austerity measures, but against the corruption which forced Greece into such a financial situation. Other works of art at this exhibition will also have this as a theme.
The whole area is full of cafés and you have a great view of the Acropolis. The exhibition at Pilkili Stoa is on the ground floor and the paintings will be set against the rough stone walls, which, along with the wooden floors, give this café its wonderful atmosphere. The main bar/restaurant area is up a flight of stairs, and the food is delicious. If you are not terribly hungry, try the cheese platter. The owner is also a member of Technsofaira, and there will also be other members who can chat with you about the works on display.
So, if you are in Athens this weekend, or any other during the summer, visit Pikili Stoa, see the archaeological sites from the first floor, view contemporary Greek art and have a good time!