June 5, 2018 | PCAI Piraeus, 24 Dervenakion str.
June 27 - September 23, 2018 | Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Center (Warehouse B1, Harbor)
A co-production of the Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) and the Center for Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki
Curator: Syrago Tsiara
Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) collaborates with the Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Center of the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, co-organizing the exhibition "Resilient Futures". An exhibition focusing on the concept of durability that brings together the ports of Piraeus and of Thessaloniki; two of the most important ports of our country will be united through contemporary art in a symbolic manner.
From June 5th to September 23rd 2018, the two cities are bridged together on the occasion of a unique venture dedicated to video art and environmental awareness, through works of prominent international artists.
In regards to resilience, we refer to the means and strategies by which people, communities and institutions adapt to changing circumstances and seek imaginative ways to survive and cope with the consequences of natural and man-made disruptions and to support weak populations.
As a concept, resilience refers primarily to the principles of flexibility, inclusiveness, consistency and robustness, that is to say, the values on which a city must invest in order to enhance the sense of belonging amongst its citizens and of joint responsibility in managing the public sphere and to ensure its future sustainability.
The launch of this co-operation will take place on the World Environment Day on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 19:30, at the PCAI headquarters in Piraeus (Dervenakion 24, 185 45) through an art event, a unique prelude to the Thessaloniki exhibition.
During the PCAI event Athanasios Polychronopoulos, director of the organization and Syrago Tsiara, curator and director of the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, will talk about this cooperation. Visitors will also be able to enjoy video art works and installations from the PCAI exhibited at the headquarters of the organization in Piraeus in the 24 Dervenakion building.
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Next stop will be the Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Center in the Port’s Warehouse B1 with the "Resilient Futures" exhibition hosted from 27 June to 23 September 2018 (Opening: Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 20:00. opening hours: Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-22:00).
Syrago Tsiara states about the exhibition: "How do visual artists visualize the future of the planet, and how do they critisize people's relationships in regards to nature, economic systems, development policies and natural resources exploitation and public space? The Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Center of the State Museum of Contemporary Art organizes an international exhibition of contemporary art in collaboration with Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI), bringing together artists of different origins, expressing mainly through video art, and directly or suggestively, refer to urban, environmental and social resilience and sustainability."
A bilingual catalogue (Greek-English) published by CACT Editions in collaboration with PCAI accompanies the show.
Participating artists: Loukia Alavanou, George Drivas, Mary Zygouri, Hertog and Nadler, Vassilis Karouk, Eva Kotatkova, Maria Loizidou, Oliver Ressler & Zanny Begg, Mika Rottenberg, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Saskia Olde Wolbers
More about Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI)
Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Executive Director of Polyeco Group, aiming to inform and raise awareness of environmental and social issues through contemporary art. The transition to moving image in the last decades as a dominant expressive medium is the main reason for PCAI primary focus on video and film.
PCAI directly commissions international and Greek artists to create artworks on environmental issues while also feeding on issues of artistic practice.
Up to today, PCAI has commissioned 14 moving image projects by renowned Greek and international artists, amongst which are Wu Tsang (nominated for Guggenheim Hugo Boss Prize 2018), Eva Kotatkova (Metropolitan Museum 2018) and George Drivas (57th Venice Biennale). Eleven of these works were originally presented in the context of PCAI’s, Paradoxic Paradoxes exhibition at the Benaki Museum in 2017.
PCAI collaborates and supports organizations and artists through a wide range of activities. With commitment and sensitivity to its role in society, PCAI also organizes and implements PCAI Junior, a series of educational programs for children designed to increase environmental awareness through digital art.