On 5th October 2013, Technosfaira’s seventh art exhibition opened. It was called, “Travelling on a Visual Arts Journey with Technosfaira” and I must say that to me, it was the most well-attended opening that I have been present at. Technosfaira is an association of Greek artists, of every persuasion, but it does not intend to be simply a national association. Anyone from anywhere in the world can be a member for a modest annual fee. It isn’t just for painters, but rather the exhibition can be a platform for writers, poets, musicians, singer, dancers and so on.
The exhibition was opened by the mayor of Perama, Iannis Lagoudako and the mayor of Paleo Faliro, Mr. Chatzidaki in the municipal building, Flizvos. Flizvos was once a lighthouse, so it affords a spectacular backdrop of the sea, and I watched darkness falling shortly after I arrived there at seven pm. The President of Technosfaira, Ms Vasiliki Tampouri, opened the proceedings and later gave certificates to those artists who had won awards in different categories of art.
The mayor of Paleo Faliro pointed out during his opening address that (roughly translated) “It is art and the ability to create that raises us above the pigs.” This was met with applause, as it was an illusion to the slur on the Greek people cast by the German newspaper “Der Spiegel” which stated that the nations who had defaulted were “pigs.” It was this that prompted Vasiliki Tampouri to paint her picture of the female personification of Greece (Hellas) crucified and set the image against the background of an angry sea and sky. The inscription at the top of the cross read: Hellas, Top of the Pigs.
The paintings and art work at this exhibition were stunning and I particularly liked the work of Vasileios Arapis an artist of some renown. Varvara Paltatzidou’s pink and gold painting was really eye-catching, and works of art had been cunningly juxtaposed. On one side of a pillar there was a gold icon, one of the traditional works, while on the adjoin face of the pillar was an abstract painting. The artists had clearly put a lot of thought into the placement of each painting and piece of art.
On Sunday morning, 6th October, the artists took their canvases, palettes, brushes and easels and painted in the courtyard just outside Flizvos. This was an intriguing part of the exhibition’s programme. Visitor to the exhibition could literally go travelling on a visual arts journey with Technosfaira. Luckily the weather held so that the event could take place outdoors, as it has been cold and threatening rain here in Athens over the past several days.
I am looking forward to going to the exhibition again soon to see some of the events, and, of course, to see friends.