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Vicky Yiannoutsos “Persephone’s Plight” Exhibition at Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

flier VICKY YIANNOYTSOSPersephone’s Plight – The Four Seasons of Migration.

Birth, Separation, Yearning, Return

The Exhibition.

At the

Ionion Center  for Arts and  Culture – Kefalonia. September, 2012.

“Persephone’s Plight” is a multi-media installation with multiple film and video images drawn form over 20 years of filming between New Zealand and Greece.

Artists Vicky Yiannoutsos comments “’Persephone’s Plight’ is a new chapter in a body of work, which has been in progress all my life, where I continue to chose the moving image to express the complexity, confusion, richness and joy that comes from living between cultures”.

Since first visiting Greece as a young girl, Vicky has identified the myth of Demeter and Persephone as a metaphor for the migrant experience.  This has underpinned her work, resulting in the shooting of the documentary “Visible Passage”, the beginning of its follow-up work “Scattered Seeds”, the feature film script ‘Kore”, as well as many stories, poetry, journals and letters. Translations have begun on the diaries kept by her father since his arrival in New Zealand, as well as letters between him and relatives, in Greece.

In classical terms, the myth embodies the cycles of the seasons-the phases of birth, death, their activity, their dormancy and the regenerative phases of their eternal cycle. For this artist, it is a metaphor for the 20th century migrant experience as expressed through the quartets of birth, Separation, Yearning, Return.

Like Persephone, abducted by Hades to the Underworld where she yearns to return to her mother, the migrant is abducted by the New World.  Separated across the water, she and her mother yearn for each other.  But, once Persephone eats the fruits of the Under world, she is irreversibly changed, as is the migrant  when she partakes of the fruits of the New world. Though the Homeland calls, she can never permanently return – rather, she is destined to journey between worlds, and, like her mother, is trapped in yearning.

The generations that follow – the new seeds – inherit this yearning – this love of a distant culture – through music, language, food, dance and stories.

The exhibition was first mounted in Auckland, New Zealand, in July 2010. Nicolas Greanias (United States Consul in New Zealand) who attended opening night, described the work by “a serious artist with a strong vision”. 

This month the exhibition will have its first ‘return home’  viewing at the Ionian Centre for Arts and Culture on Kefalonia, Greece. This is a long-time dream for the artist, who is delighted that the work has been ‘called back’ to Ionian waters, as most of the Greek filming was done on the nearby island of Kastos, her fathers’ birthplace.

“ I carry two cultures, two languages, two worlds.

I belong to both. I belong to neither.

I am Persephone, destined forever to journey between them”

Vicky  Yiannoutsos

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The Giant Sea Cave Excavation

July 20 – 31, 2012

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Greece

The Giant Sea Cave Excavation
The Giant Sea Cave Excavation

In the summer 2011, Pamela Longobardi (US) swam to a massive sea cave from Liakas with Maria Rigatou (GR). It was immense and filled with many pieces of plastic, some very large. The two women swam out several large bags of material and large plastic objects. For Drifters Project/Kefalonia Phase II, Longobardi plans to clean the entire cave with a team of swimmers and to remove all the material and transport it to the Ionion Art Center to document, analyze and create a single large-scale art installation in the gallery.

In July 2012 the materials will be floated out of the cave as a giant raft of plastic, a floating island chain transported by swimmers – Pamela Longobardi herself and Claudia Lamas Cornejo (GE/PE), a Berlin-based culture manager and curator of the environmental exhibition project PACKET-SOUP.

This action will be documented by underwater and above water video to create a film that will be projected in the gallery with the array of plastic that is removed and sorted.

A forensic study will be done of the modern-day archeology of the cave, with statistical analysis, object identification of all components, and presentation of the findings.

The artist and Plastic Pollution Coalition founder Dianna Cohen (US) will in addition display her abstract paintings made of plastic bags in half of the gallery space.

Pamela Longobardi

Artist and Professor of Art (* October 1, 1958 in Glen Ridge NJ, USA)

Pam Longobardi’s work encompasses multiple mediums from painting, to photography and installation to address the psychological relationship between humans and the natural world. Her artwork was and is shown at numerous solo and group exhibitions all over the world (e.g. Venice Biennale 2009). In 2006, upon discovering the vast hoards of plastic the ocean regurgitates on remote beaches, she founded the Drifters Project, creating environmental interventions and exhibitions in Hawaii, Alaska, Costa Rica, China, Italy and Greece.  Her work has been shown recently at Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, Gallery Diet in Miami, and Savvy Contemporary in Berlin.

www.pamlongobardi.com

www.consciousocean.org

Claudia Lamas Cornejo

Curator and Culture-Manager (* October 16, 1983 in Munich, Germany)

Since the foundation of SAVVY Contemporary, Claudia Lamas Cornejo is responsible for Management and Public Relations as well as for fundraising exhibition and performance projects at this non-profit space in Berlin-Neukolln. She participated as a media- and press-manager in numerous national and international exhibitions and publications. In 2012 she curated the exhibition PACKET-SOUP, an environmental exhibition project about plastic pollution. She has completed a B.A. in Intercultural Communication and a Master of Culture and Media Management at the Freie Universitat Berlin.

www.packet-soup.com

www.savvy-contemporary.com

Dianna Cohen

Artist and Founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition (* May 13, 1965 in Los Angeles CA, USA)

Dianna Cohen is a Los Angeles-based multimedia visual artist, painter and curator. She is best known for her works using recycled plastic bags ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations. In 2007, Cohen expanded into making wearable art pieces using recycled materials. Solo shows include Post, Art Affairs gallery in Amsterdam, the Sutton Gallery in Melbourne, and Frank Pictures in Santa Monica, CA. She has shown in group exhibitions at Affirmation Arts in NYC, the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, the Bronx Museum in NYC and the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida and many other places around the world.

http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org

http://www.diannacohen.com/_portfolio/bio.html

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is the only Arts and related Sciences Institute on the Greek island of Kefalonia.

It forms a broad and effective program of innovative activities in Arts and Sciences and announces and supports projects in Arts and Sciences in all disciplines. Exhibitions, presentations, art events and festivals, educational programs and research are into the activities program.

http://www.ionionartscenter.gr/en/

The Giant Sea Cave Excavation

Plastic Polution Coalition
Plastic Polution Coalition

Drifters Project
Drifters Project

savvy contemporary
savvy contemporary

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Mohammed Musallam, Lectures on Palestinian Art and Personal Exhibition

 

Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam
Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam

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.

Artist’s Website

Mohammed Musallam

Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam
Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam
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Ionian Lapsus – Rituals of the dark and the light for Piano and Video Projections

Caretta Caretta
Caretta Caretta

The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is happy to announce the concert Ionian Lapsus – Rituals of the dark and the light performed by Composer and Piano Soloist Matteo Ramon Arevalos, with video projections by artist Chiara Zenzani.

Date: Saturday, 6th August 2011

Piano: Matteo Ramon Arevalos

Video Projections: Chiara Zenzani.

Concert’s Program

Loutra Photos (2004), for piano
– Lento recitativo
– Allegro, Lento recitativo

Caretta Caretta, for piano and video projection (2011)
– Allegro (from the sea…..)
– Lento (spawning)
– Prestissimo volando (…..to the sea)

Vivo Marcia Fantasia (2001), for piano
– Vivo – Poco meno mosso – Meno mosso – Marcia Fantasia: Lento – Vivo – Poco meno mosso – Meno mosso – Lento

Nocturne 1996 (1996/2006), for piano
– Grave – Andantino – Maestoso – Andantino – Grave –

Looking in the dark there is always something (2011)
Video projection with original music for piano

Rituel (2010), for piano
– Alap (Lento)
– Jod (Moderato)
– Drut (Presto)

Artists’ Websites

Matteo Ramon Arevalos

Chiara Zenzani

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