Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Magnificent Capital, 2007 at 1,2,3,b4 at Contemporary Art Centre Thessaloniki

1, 2, 3, b4

18/06/2013- 04/09/2013

Exhibition “1,2,3, b4”
Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki (Warehouse B1)-SMCA
June 18 – September 4, 2013
Opening: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 20:30
On the occasion of the upcoming 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, the exhibition “1,2,3, b4” comes as a precursor of  the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale program. The exhibition opens on June 18 and lasts until the 4th of September 2013, at the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki - State Museum of Contemporary Art, in Warehouse B1, Thessaloniki port area. [Opening: Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 20:30. Opening hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-21:00]
The title of the exhibition refers to the Biennales that took place in the city of Thessaloniki in 2007, 2009 and 2011, while the pun b4 (= before) refers to the upcoming 4th Biennale of Contemporary Art, which will be hosted in the city by September 18th, 2013 at various venues with numerous exhibitions and events.
The exhibition
The artworks presented in the exhibition are productions of the previous Central and Parallel Programs (namely the three International Young Artists’ Workshops, as well as the last Performance Festival and the Public Screen Project) of the previous Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2007, 2009,. 2011 The works are donations from the artists to the collection of the State Museum of Contemporary Art and to the city of Thessaloniki
The artworks selected and included in the exhibition now get into a completely new context and they are connected in a different exhibition scenography.
Artists from different countries and backgrounds coexist in a project preparing the ground for this  year's fourth edition of the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art.
All works/projects reflect the ideological content of the previous Biennials, apart from reflecting individual and sociopolitical, international and local ideas and concepts.
Abandoned places-“heterotopias”, social and labor inequalities, images of modern Greece and the Mediterranean region, symbols of oppression, ecological disasters, gender and identity issues are few of the ideas that coexist and interact.
The exhibition, apart from summing up all the previous events, is in addition the documentation of an important project that is closely linked to Thessaloniki, continuing to contribute to the city’s life and cultural wealth, as well as important international coverage.

The artists and projects included:
Dimitris AmeladiotisUntitled, installation, 2011
Elina IoannouComposition with fence and plastic bags, installation, 2011
Helen MouzakitiUntitled, photographic series, 2005-7
Theo ProdromidisThe Magnificent Capital, video, 2007
Chryse TsiotaLocus Suspectus, video installation and photographs, 2007
Vahram AghasyanGhost Town, photographic series, 2005
Tursun AliLife in Aral, photograph, 2006
Victor AnRequiem, photograph, 1989
Nadia AyariWithout Walls: The new paintings of Thessaloniki, portable murals pasted on wood and photographs 2011
Nezaket Ekiciperformance, Selection of documented performances from the Thessaloniki Performance Festival, 2011
Andrei FilippovSaw, photomontage, 2006
Luigi Presicce, performance, Selection of documented performances from the Thessaloniki Performance Festival, 2011
Kira O’ Reilly, performance, Selection of documented performances from the Thessaloniki Performance Festival, 2011
Omid SalehiCane Land, photographic series, 2003
Azat SargsyanPublic Constructivism, photographic series, 2008
Guram TsibakhasviliInteriors, photographic series, 2000
Yang YongliangUntitled, photographic series, 2009
The project Public Screen, 2007 

Curators: Areti Leopoulou, Thodoris Markoglou, At Historians & Curators SMCA/ CACT
Museographer: Gianna Stavroulaki, Architect