Yesterday evening, I went to the final staging of Technosfaira’s 7th exhibition in the cultural and community centre, Flizvos, in Paleo Faliro, Athens, Greece. I got there early to watch the sunset as it goes down seemingly into the sea at the back of this old lighthouse (Flizvos).
The ‘entertainment’ for the last evening was the artists themselves, as they debated the nature of art and its forms and functions. The session was opened by the president of Technosfaira, Vasiliki Tampouri. The second speaker impressed me the most; Vasileios Arapis. He didn’t need to use the microphone, and spoke simply and directly to the audience.
There was a psychiatrist on the platform who spoke about her use of art as therapy, and I believe this was a new concept for some of those in the audience. However some of the artists present admitted that they use their art as therapy too, so, by extension, why shouldn’t others who would not consider themselves artists, children included. If you are interested in using art as therapy, please click here.
After these discussions, some of the younger artists in Technosfaira were invited to give a short talk about their work. These were interesting too.
Finally it was time to start packing away the jewellery, bags and other decorative items which were on sale around the room. The artists removed their paintings and carried them lovingly to their cars. I always feel sad when they do this, because the public will no longer be able to view them.
There was cake and chocolate bread as well as wine and ‘champagne’ for those who still lingered. The artists, or at least some of them, were upbeat about their next solo exhibitions, with Dr. Arapis saying that he would be holding an exhibition of ninety-five of his paintings next year. I look forward to it and will keep you posted.
If you have never been to an art exhibition because you think they are probably boring, you would be wrong. I think everyone can appreciate art and believe that going to an exhibition such as the one I have visited is a positive experience. Art speaks to us in the same way as a piece of music does, or a poem. You don’t have to have done a Fine Arts course to appreciate what you see. Not all types of art will appeal to you, but it is good to understand what you like and don’t like, I think.
If you have the chance, come to the next exhibition of Technosfaira and support the artists, some of whom are struggling to make ends meet in cash-strapped Greece. You don’t have to buy a painting, just show your support by making an appearance.
- Travelling on a Visual Arts Journey with Technosfaira (lynnee8.wordpress.com)