Monday 6 November 2023

"Visual Anthropology": art exhibition in Athens examines art as a social practice


Curator Paris Kapralos and Chili Art Gallery (13-15 Dimofontos Street, Thiseio), in collaboration with 24 visual artists, invite you to visit the exhibition "Visual Anthropology" and honor us with your presence at the opening reception, which will take place on Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 18:00 to 21:00.

The exhibition will run until Saturday, November 25, 2023, and starting from the second day after the opening, it will be available online through ARTgrID platform.




A catalog for the exhibition has been published in both Greek and English languages and is available for free to all visitors.

Participating artists in the exhibition are: Eva Anastopoulou, Magda Dimoudi, Niko Luccianni, Eleni Ischaki, Emilios K. Papaevangeliou, Anna Semertzi, Foti Kllogjeri, Rafaela Tzamani, Lena Spania, Angeliki Avramopoulou, Chrysoula Demagkou, John Abbott, Nicoletta Mina, Zoe Ront Angelopoulou, Odysseas Tsompanoglou, Sophia Stella Soseilou, Alkis Pappas, Tonia Lentzou, Vera Eleftheria Pediotidou, Christos Georgakopoulos, Iosif Terzopoulos, Vasilis Terzopoulos, Marili Boni, Loukia Damani.

Mr. Kapralos notes in the exhibition's curatorial note: "The term 'visual anthropology' emerged in the 20th century to describe the study of humans and cultures through arts such as painting, sculpture, photography, bridging anthropology, sociology, and aesthetics. In his work 'Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory,' English anthropologist and ethnographer Alfred Gell suggests that art objectifies human ideas and emotions, transforming them into physical objects. A work of art serves as a medium for negotiating social relationships and dialogues with the public. The artist acts as a mediator between the subconscious world of emotions and the external reality, turning abstract thoughts and feelings into physical objects. Art becomes a social practice, shaping social meanings. Viewers react to the work, drawing various emotional, symbolic, and intellectual interpretations from it. An important aspect of Gell's idea of objectification is its social dimension. Artists do not simply create artworks for themselves but present them to the community. Viewers, in turn, perceive and interact with these works, creating a social dimension around art. In this context, objectification becomes a social practice where human ideas and emotions are shaped, influenced, and communicated through art. This process creates a dense network of social meanings around art, reinforcing its significance and meaning in culture."


Hours/Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Thursday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Closed on Monday and Sunday. Free Admission.

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About the Curator
Paris Kapralos is a Visual Curator, Founder & Coordinator of ARC - Art Revisited Collective, and co-publisher of Arts & Antiques CCR. He was born in 1975 and grew up in Athens, where he currently lives and works, with international activities. During the period 2008 - 2022, he resided in Northern Greece. He studied Economics (Athens) and Fine Arts (Staffordshire, England). He worked as a Journalist specializing in Technology for economic newspapers, magazines, and online news agencies (1999-2006). He also worked as an Organizational Manager and Organizer of business conferences in the IT and Telecommunications sector (Infocom, Greek ICT Forum, 2004-2011) before changing his career path to the art world in 2011. He collaborated with the Myrό group (Myrό Gallery, Myrό Antiques House, Greek Marble Initiative, 2011-2017). Since 2018, he has worked as an independent Organizer and Curator of art exhibitions and events. He served as the representative of the Greek branch of the International Watercolor Society (IWS) from 2019 to 2022. In October 2022, he assumed the position of Development Director at ARTgrID in addition to his other activities. He has curated and organized more than 150 exhibitions, art actions, projects, and participations both in Greece and abroad. More information: https://artgrid.gr/paris-kapralos/

About ARTgrID
ARTgrID is a company that systematically deals with the promotion and support of quality visual art artists, primarily through a digital platform but also through the organization of physical events, actions, and collaborations with various stakeholders in the field of Arts (Curators, venues, art dealers, investment consultants, specialized lawyers, etc.). It has an online platform providing specialized services at https://artgrid.gr, which includes the organization of physical and online exhibitions/seminars/artistic actions, the creation, hosting, and promotion of artists' websites, and more. 

About Chili Art Gallery
Chili Art Gallery was founded in 2010 and is located in Thiseio, next to the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Athens "Melina," a stone's throw away from the vibrant area of Gazi in our city. It is a cultural space where art enthusiasts and the general public can come into contact with all forms of Contemporary Art. Painting, sculpture, collages/compositions, installations/constructions, engraving, photography are presented on a monthly basis through individual and group exhibitions and events. More information: https://chiliart.gr

Photography Sponsor
Studio Kotsireas | www.studiokotsireas.gr

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Arts & Antiques CCR | http://www.artsantiquesccr.gr

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