Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture – Candidate City in collaboration with Aeschylia Festival 2016 proudly presents the group exhibitionLatitudes | Humanscapes curated by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou featuring the work of seven artists, photographers and cinematographers under the theme of contemporary Romania. The exhibition opens to the public on September 1, 2016 at the L. Kanellopoulos Art Centre in Eleusis and will run through November 15, 2016.
Embracing as its central axis the post-industrial, post-Ceaușescu, post-communist and the present socioeconomic reality of the country, the exhibition Latitudes | Humanscapes will convey viewers to realms of the canny and the uncanny. The emergence of parallel stories and narratives across societal micro-environments in urban and rural habitats, considers the dynamics and the trajectories of an hyperrealistic contemporary human topography. Through the prism of esotericism and the soul’s prerequisite for survival, the visual lexicon of each artist surveys notions of human relationships, emotional equilibria, spiritual and physical separation, memory and oblivion, migration and uprooting. The love for the homeland as a common reference ground and set of experiences traverses across the light of the quotidian, the manifestations of native idiosyncrasy, life encapsulated within tradition and folklore and a concealed optimism that tomorrow will eventually be better for everyone.
The participating artists come from Romania as well as Italy and the United States. They have all lived and worked in Romania and participated in exhibitions featured in museums, cultural institutions and galleries around the world as well as in leading international art fairs and the Venice Biennale.
Participating artists: Michele Bressan (b.1980, Italy), Petrut Calinescu (b.1976, Romania), Ioana Cirlig (b.1987, Romania), Carlo Gianferro (b.1970, Italy), David Leventi (b.1978, USA), Andrei Nacu (b.1984, Romania), Davin Ellicson (b.1978, USA).
The exhibition Latitudes | Humanscapes is curated by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, archaeologist-architect, contemporary art critic and curator based in London and Athens. His texts have been included in exhibition catalogues and publications in Greece and abroad while his reviews and articles feature in the Greek and international press.
To accompany the exhibition, an illustrated catalogue with a curatorial text and artist biographies has been published.