An initiative by Marina Papadaki
Saturday 16/11 & Sunday 17/11
17:00 - 20:00
or by appointment
A typical Greek family household at Kaminia, in Piraeus. Since 1992, the "Ydroexpres", a plumber's shop and a garage for two 125cc motorcycles. From 2019 and onwards, an artist's studio that interacts with her family, the customers and the neighborhood. A hybrid space that houses an artist, a plumber and carries the memories of five generations.
Hydroexpress Project emanates from their “co-location-co-existence” and is realized within a context of experimentation - the name is borrowed from the plumber's shop. It is an ongoing project, during which, the events that are going to take place will be accompanied each time by a publication for the purpose of archiving.
At the Hydroexpress’ first project the space opens its doors and invites two artists, Anestis Ioannou and Vangelis Savvas, and three curators to place themselves among this hybrid environment and its own signifieds.
Its purpose is to discuss various socio-political issues arising from the narratives of this particular place. On the one hand, it analyzes the economic factor as the main reason for the transformations of the space over time and on the other, the social status of the people involved in it through time.
The project is an example that, when needed, an artist's studio or an art space can be mutated into any place with a correspondingly strong identity and finally, talk about it. It is an art project with a research approach generated by the need to understand different contexts and the collaboration of different individuals.
Hydroexpress Project is a hybrid that emerged from entering a "readymade", without encroaching it. It could historically become the continuation of a chronic evolutionary process. There will be no attempt to create a new context or a new state. It will work in reverse. Through intimacy and by deconstructing the identity of the place, it is going to talk about already existing contexts, attitudes, stereotypes, and explore institutions, norms, and socioeconomic patterns.