The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to announce the Autumn Patricia Ahn Exhibition, titled “Obliged Nostro”. Opening at the Center on October 19th, 20:00. A reception will follow the Opening. The Exhibition will remain open until October 28th – visiting hours 10:oo-13:oo, Monday-Friday.
In Autumn’s words:
Where does myth end and history begin? Our dreams become memories and only a retelling of our stories provide guidance in these modern times. The insular atmosphere of the island lifestyle avoids the global influx of rapid machine-oriented communication. The island’s lineage has always been known to wander to see what the world can offer and I have found that, true to their Homeric past, many Kefalonians come back home.
The works reference the existence and evolution of traditions and images that have survived passing generations. These clues are in the language, in signage, exchanges in conversation, in attire, in demographic, new roads, new land concerns, political exchange, etc. I question how those symbols of culture exist today and whether the context has altered its meaning.
Kefalonia is a place where nostalgia is alive. I came here to experience a different culture and through temporary immersion I can relate to the way of life here only through symbolism. The compressed experience is reflected in my work. My work is a culmination of documentation transforming events in the present into decorative vehicles for reflecting upon the past.”
Autumn Patricia Ahn, Exhibition and Workshop Announcement
Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture
September – October 2011
Autumn Patricia Ahn is an artist from Boston, MA, USA. She focuses on creating large-scale installations that utilize the architecture and localized narratives of a site. Her environments are often seen as shrines commemorating the influence of the communities surrounding her immediate physical site. Drawing on influences from her cultural immersion in Kefalonia as well as her study of theocratic societies–past, present, and future, she will create a site-specific “shrine” for the Ionian Center for Arts & Culture, aiming to communicate with the viewers through the narrative visual language often found in religious and ritualistic contexts. The installation will be on view & open to the public while it is in progress (on select days) and for the two-day workshop.
Ahn will instruct a class in making a traditional non-glue stitch binding book, using a technique called the “Long Stitch”. From beginning to end, the process will be instructed based on time, counting, and continual motion.
Flemish Artists Project, Jan Verbruggen, Walt Van Beek and Korneel Devillé
Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture
14-20 September, 2011
Jan Verbruggen, Walt Van Beek and Korneel Deville are three young artists living and working in Brussels. At the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture they will give a lecture on their own work and contemporary art in general.
During their stay, from 14 to 20 September, at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture they will explore the island using kite aerial photography and prepare a larger scale project focusing on Flemish contemporary art during the 2012 festival.
The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to welcome Palestinian artist Mohammed Musallam who will present a series of Lectures on Palestinian Art at the Center between the 18th and 24th of July, 2011. Mr Musallam will also present a Personal Exhibition of his paintings, as well as a video-art display.
About the artist
Mohammed Musallam was born in Gaza in 1974 after his family had been dislocated from the historic Palestine as a consequent of the 1948 war. He holds a Bachelor degree in Painting from Al Najah University and a Masters degree in Painting from Helwan University, Cairo. He currently resides in Gaza and works there as a lecturer of “Painting and the History of Palestinian Arts” at the College of Arts, Al Aqsa University.
From his first steps as a university student he became greatly influenced by the abstract art processes and approaches.
In his Art, he focuses on portraying a range of humanistic issues, which go beyond the limitations imposed by any prevailing time-related matters, which may be oppressive and persistent simultaneously. At the same time, he concentrates on conveying the notion of the preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment as one of the most important reasons for our existence.
The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to announce and welcome Pam Longobardi and Craig Dongoski with the Drifters Project in Kefalonia island, between the 20th of July, and 1st August 2011.
About the Workshop
Pam Longobardi offers a 3-day ocean plastic art/science workshop.
“I will first educate participants about the dangers and problems of plastic pollution, its impact on wildlife, humans and tourism. We will locate the most plastic-impacted beaches and then perform a beach cleanup. Like forensic scientists and detectives, we will clean, sort and examine all the collected materials to see what we can learn.”
Participants will then assist the artist in the creation of artwork for her exhibition, learning about construction methods, including a large community ‘driftweb’ sculpture. Sound artist Craig Dongoski will work with participants recording their own stories about plastic, the ocean and the objects collected. Craig will then create sound sculptures for the exhibition with the participants voices playing throughout the space.
About the Drifters Project
In 2006, Pam Longobardi founded the Drifters Project, an environmental intervention project that documents and exposes the natural cost of the human convenience of plastic by looking at marine debris and its journey around the world oceans. In 2008, she began working with community groups to expand the scale and scope of project to new locales and creating collaborative public art. She has made dozens of collecting missions to Hawaii, Costa Rica, China and Italy, and US locations, organizing cleanups and community education at each site. She has created community-based projects in the following locations: Beijing, China during the 2008 Olympics with residences of a ‘trash village’; Nicoya, Costa Rica with students of Universidad Nacional, and in Greenville, SC, with high school art students.
Artist Paula Doepfner presented her Solo Exhibition and a Performance at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture between the 1st and 8th of April 2011.
In Paula’s words:
“The drawings I developed for my solo exhibition at Ionion Center for the Arts refer to the structure of Kefalonia’s landscape, especially to the movement of the sea. Also there is a connection between the reference to landscape and personal experience. The drawings reflect a study of nature, but they also embody the vicissitudes of inner states, feelings and wishes. In my work I try to capture and express the ephemerality of emotions. In correspondence to the drawings I built a large organic sculpture. I used natural materials that I found on the island to produce the object. Its shape are informed by my exploration of the landscape of Kefalonia.”