“In Broad Daylight Women Street Artists from Greece” Exhibition

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Curated by Vassiliki Vayenou and Blanka Amezkua
Video research by Dr. Konstantina Drakopoulou

Graffiti constitutes one of them most dynamic messengers of the urban pulse on an international level. In Greece, graffiti emerged in the early 80s, in big and small cities, suburban neighborhoods and rural areas, coinciding chronologically with other European and American cities. In recent years, Greek street artists have been commenting upon the changes caused in Greek society by the financial crisis, both on a personal and social level, through their art. The force of graffiti art as a tool for activating the public’s critical skills, the immediacy of its message, its easy and free accessibility and its awakening, transformative powers render it one of the most democratic artistic media.
In Broad Daylight ​features ​painting, mixed media and installation by ​women street artists from Greece, distinguished by both the quality of their work and their unwavering attitude towards freedom of expression.

Olga Alexopoulou’s works aim to reveal the inner structure of her subjects, acting as mediators between a spatial and a mental interior and exterior and vacillating between materiality and ethereality. The style of ​Cleo43’s artifacts ​is rooted in international folklore and her practice examines notions such as group identity, transmission of ‘beliefs’ and community-based values. ​Dizi’s artworks are marked by wide experimentation in her creation of surreal characters, geometric patterns and symmetries, with mandala-like images creating some kind of a sacred, meditative space.

Simoni Fontana draws from Japanese iconography, manga and pop surrealism to create portraits that verge on self-portraiture, exploring human interaction, emotions and dreams. Using puns and catchy, small phrases applied to walls in a site-specific manner, ​Lebaniz Blonde depicts the Greek collective mind through personal reflections on current issues. ​Nique’s bold, lively portraits of international MCs, hip hop artists and rappers highlight the impact and power of music in the transformation of the social environment on a global level.

In Broad Daylight hosts a section of the quadrennial international public art film festival ​Top to Bottom​, which takes place in Athens, Greece and is curated by Andreas Fakis for the independent cultural foundation Studio 4. ​The show also includes books and articles on Greek graffiti and is complemented by a series of public events, providing general information about Greek street art with the hope of rousing further interest in the scene’s impressive artistic diversity and social impact.

Sincere thanks to the exhibition’s main sponsor, the Onassis Foundation USA, for their generous support in its realization. Also special thanks to the sponsors, FOUGARO Cultural Centre, Greece, MΕΤΑpolis, SakeTattoocrew and Enlite for their valuable support, as well as to Metaichmio Publications and Oxy Publishing for their kind donations of books on Greek graffiti. Many thanks to Konstantina Drakopoulou, Andreas Fakis, Jasone and Senor for their insightful selection of the audiovisual material about Greek graffiti and to Myrto Vounatsou for its technical support. Warm thanks to Maria Chatzidakis, Konstantina Drakopoulou, Myrto Tsilimpounidi, Thanasis Moutsopoulos, Orestis Pangalos, Manos Stefanidis and Julia Tulke for their articles on Greek graffiti, as well as to Stephanie Lindquist, Eleni Mylonas, Angeliki Douveri and Dimitris Theodosis for their precious assistance in various aspects of the exhibition.

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Schedule

from May 19, 2018 to June 30, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-05-19 from 18:00 to 21:00

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http://www.bronxartspace.com/ (venue's website)

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Free

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Address: 305 E 140th St., #1A, Bronx, NY 10454
Phone: 718-772-4961

Between 3rd and Alexander Aves. Subway: 6 to 138th Street

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