Matthew he explains that the team MART created some years ago when even he and Kiara were students. For their project using conventional showrooms and modern galleries, but often will present projects and abandoned spaces and closed stores. Their network started with seven artists and now includes more than 150, whose work exposed the digital gallery of the team, possibly one of the largest available at the moment in Ireland, as informs.
I ask him about this idea and he explained the rules of the project, and direct correlation with the existing international financial and political crisis. “Five artists from Ireland together with five Greek artists for the exhibition in Athens. The challenges were many, why should strictly follow the rules of the game: make a series of original works within five days and not exceed 100 euro as budget production among others. “
The idea for the work presented in this report arose when flying to Athens and the flight attendant gave him a pair of headphones disposable flight. “Following this and having started from the crisis and the austerity measures that have plagued both Greece and Ireland, I decided to gather all the items arrived in my hands every day and not have any available economic price . Thus, I collected a large number of things, lollipops and small tools to sanitary ware. During the opening auction will be organized in the form of performance, where each item will be available at a nominal cost. “
I notice George Gyzis and Andrew Carson, two young artists from Greece and Ireland respectively, to work with enthusiasm in their own work. It is a facility that includes audio, video and prints starring a baglama, organ forbidden under Turkish rule, but for dictatorship in our country. The two artists seeking to make a parallel between past policies of control and power and modern regular censorship and prohibition. Despite the difficult conditions and both are happy with the opportunity given to them through the crisis to meet and work together.
The Chiara, the second curator, tells me that her part will show a videotaped performance presented at Monastiraki previous day. Setting up an impromptu race where the winner candidate just had to cross the finish line, the artist wanted to make an upbeat placement on the daily opportunities presented to us, emphasizing that we are all potential winners or refer to sport or in real life. The exhibition “non-zero-sum game” will last until March 24.
Photos: Nick Papaggelis