STARTS: 1 Jun 2017
ENDS: 30 Jun 2017
LOCATION: Kairi Arcade | Praxitelous Arcade | Arsaki Arcade
REMOVEMENT ATHENS 2017
Removement Athens 2017 links the stories of the past with a modern approach of reusing three different Arcades located in the centre of Athens: Praxitelous, Kairi and Arsaki. Installations, artworks, video-art projections, performances and interactive events constitute a one-month artistic program that invites artists and audience to revive the city's urban memory and to create or witness artistic interventions within these three historical arcades.
It focuses on and draws its themes from the Athenian Arcades. It follows the course of the arcades in the city centre throughout their contemporary history as well as their transformation over the years. Places sealed with flows of people for decades, places which once fulfilled the dream of success and interpersonal relationships, are tamed nowadays by oblivion. Along with the change in use and the passing of time, the stories and the people who created the city’s arcades were sidelined, too. These stories function as the main inspiration for Removement’s visual and performing artists.
Removement begins from the small domed Arcade in PRAXITELOUS street, unraveling the thread of narration through a performance, directed and composed by choreographer/stage director Natassa Zouka, inspired by the past use of the Arcade’s upper floors as tailor shops and its ground floor as the final destination of the garments for sale from the façade stores.
KAIRI Arcade will host visual interventions, installations and video-art projections on the four levels of the Arcade. The starting point of the artworks is the history of the Arcade itself: from the old sock industries to today’s wrapping materials shops and the remaining gun repair shop of the Papaioannou family, the artists Tzeni Argyriou, Vasilis Gerodimos, Peggy Kliafa, Yorgos Maraziotis, Andreas Savva, Christos Tolis and Panayiotis Velianitis each one using different means and materials, transform the spaces of the Arcade in a canvas full of changes, colours, emotions which both contribute to the revival of the urban memory and predispose the need of new ways of reuse.
ARSAKI Arcade will host three different performances which propose, each from another viewpoint, the restoration of the Arcade not only as a passage, but also as a place of gathering, resting and relaxation: an oasis in the centre of the city. The three performances are directed and composed by Marianna Kavalieratou (choreographer/performer), Konstantinos Ntellas (stage director/actor) and Mariela Nestora (choreographer).
1st JUNE 2017
19.30 NATASSA ZOUKA | "DRESS UP" (PERFORMANCE)
KAIRI ARCADE (GROUP EXHIBITION)
2 JUNE 2017 – 30 JUNE 2017
TZENI ARGYRIOU, VASSILIS GERODIMOS, PEGGY KLIAFA, YORGOS MARAZIOTIS, ANDREAS SAVVA, CHRISTOS TOLIS
ARSAKI ARCADE (PERFORMANCES)
9 – 10 JUNE 2017
9/6 20.00 MARIANA KAVALIERATOU | "STREAM"
10/6 11.00 & 20.00 MARIANA KAVALIERATOU | "STREAM"
21 JUNE 2017
15.30 KONSTANTINOS NTELLAS | "PΙΚ- NΙΚ [the urban version]"
30 JUNE 2017
15.00 MARIELA NESTORA | "20 PENCILS Νο2"