The first volume of AMMOPHILA, called BIRTH took place from 22 to 25 August 2020.
Ammophila contemporary art exhibition gives us the chance to create a new ground in order to develop a communicative network between participating artists, local community and the audience. Ammophila is an invitation to meet, discourse and exchange views in an idyllic location whilst re-creating its character and thus developing new connections and micro-communities.
Taking its name by the plants called “ammophila” that have the ability to form the sand dunes and prepare the ground for further settlement, the exhibition aims to emerge as a new event in the south. Very far away from urban centers, in the charming environment of the very hospitable island of Elafonisos, the artists invite the viewers to observe their reflections and immerse in their fictional worlds and environments. These are worlds of heterogeneity and surprises that create new conditions of communication, new languages and interaction models. Viewers are welcomed to discover alternative realities and potential worlds that lead to new models of a more expressive perception of our everyday life. What is known is destabilized so that new approaches and new perceptive frameworks, freed from any kind of limitation, can be established.
With images, sounds and words artists and writers initiate a dialogue in a new ground and so they create a new field of liberated co-existense and reconciliation. The exhibition also aims to function as a living organism that is always developing and expanding, as well as a motivation for a coming together of different artistic practices and experimental approaches on the field of contemporary art. With its “BIRTH”, Ammophila will form and by remaining open to diversity it proposes creation’s potentiality against anything solved, answered and given.
* ammophila: Ammophila is a genus of plants with most common amongst species, ammophila arenaria. It grows from a network of thick rhizomes which give it a sturdy anchor in its sand substrate and allow it to spread upward as sand accumulates. The rhizomes tolerate submersion in sea water and can break off and float in the currents to establish the grass at new sites.
Traditional myths from the island speak of a female deer giving birth to the, at the time, uninhabited island of Elafonisos, after fallen of a ship transferring animals in nearby waters. Entitled BIRTH the exhibition will determine itself by giving its first voice, by being born as a new event in the south.
Participating Artsits: Manolis Babousis, Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Stella N. Christou, Panagiotis Daramaras, Christina Dimakogianni, Eva Giannakopoulou, Christos Giannopoulos, Zoi Gaitanidou, Andreas Ragnar Kasapis, Panagiotis Kefalas, Stavroula Kostakou, Sofia Kouloukouri, Renata Metheniti, Persephone Nikolakopoulou, Ilias Papailiakis, Anna Papathanassiou, Evi Roumani, Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki, Kostis Stafylakis, Alexandros Tzannis, Nikolas Vamvouklis, Kostis Velonis, Poka-Yio, Xenia Vitos, [Kostis Damoulakis, Domna Degaita, Paulo Doda, Pegy Zali, Vasilis Zacharakopoulos, Panagiotis Lianos, Ilias Mokas]
Participating writers: Anna Chatzinasiou, Stephanos Giannoulis, Takis Koubis, Sofia Kouloukouri, Christina Papoulia, Kostis Stafylakis, Theophilos Tramboulis, Nicolas Vamvouklis, Maria Xypolopoulou, Kostis Zouliatis
Location: Elafonisos’ School
Organization/curating: Evi Roumani
In collaboration with the Municipality of Elafonisos