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GlogauAIR Resident Artists

... We Can Draw It!
Project Space Exhibition

29 - 30 June 2012
@ GlogauAIR

GlogauAIR Resident Artists

Diamantis Sotiropoulos // Megan Cotts // Grace Kim // Yi Kyung Cho // Guillermo Lorca // Jose MoñÚ // Rebecca Smith // Kazue Taguchi // Cheng Ting Ting // Yuki Yamamoto // Lian Yuang Wei

Since March 2011 GlogauAIR counts with a Project Space for exhibitions as well as screenings, performances, artist talks and other kind of cultural activities.
In occasion of the current Open Studios exhibition GlogauAIR is inviting the show WE CAN DRAW IT! Curated by Carolina Jiménez, the show presents Greek contemporary artists who have chosen black and white drawing on paper as their main experimental technique. The selected artists Filippos Kavakas, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Angela Liosi, Sifis Lykakis and Diamantis Sotiropoulos coincide in creating fantastic sceneries and conjuring imaginary worlds.

Furthermore, we have invited the artist Tizo All from Brazil, who presents his performance Solo on Friday, the 29th of June at 21:00

With the collaboration we want to open a dialogue between our regular activity of the Artist in Residence Program and other curatorial initiatives, offering an experimental space for artistic discourse and cultural production, connecting GlogauAIR to the international art scene and the city of Berlin.

... We Can Draw It!
Project Space Exhibition

Curated by Carolina Jiménez

Filippos Kavakas // Dionisis Kavallieratos // Angela Liosi // Sifis Lykakis // Diamantis Sotiropoulos

(...) A grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing. An ant passed by, "Why not come and chat with me?", said the grasshopper. "I am helping to lay up food for the winter", said the ant. "Why bother about winter?", said the grasshopper, "we have plenty of food at present". When the winter came the grasshopper had no food while the ant had the grain collected in the summer.

The Ant and the Grasshopper. Aesop. Sixth Century B.C.

In the current socio-political context an exhibition text referring to five Greek artists based in Berlin could easily become a political statement. The apple of a curator's eye... But we are not going to do that (and not because we are not passionate about politics, that we are) because We Can Draw it! "simply" wants to claim drawing as a statement, where Greek artists and friends, Filippos Kavakas, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Angela Liosi, Sifis Lykakis and Diamantis Sotiropoulos show recent black and white drawings on paper. The scale of the presented works oscillates from the medium to the massive, according to their need. All pieces are stunning, full of light and darkness, liberating motion and intimacy that can make drawing the visual equivalent of thinking out loud.

Contemplating the work of the five artists, we can comprehend their similar education in the Greek Fine Arts Schools and its tradition in drawing and knowledge of technique. We can also infer a Greek look (if, in any case, a Greek look can be inferred). We Can Draw it! is not an exhibition about Greece, but about Greece since all the artists are Greek. It is not about technique, but about technique, because although technique is not the main goal, it is the medium to depict a horizon, sometimes ironic, sometimes hypnotic, sometimes bucolic but always stimulating and reflective of human relations, power, art, religion, sex, mythology or philosophy. Even if the drawings' imaginery is quite diverse, they all share an impulse: the art explored in this exhibition is not sealed inside the realms of aesthetics and theory but refers to the languages of the life around us, telling stories, creating scenarios and conjuring imagined worlds.

Carolina Jiménez

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