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24 06 2010 to 15/7/2010

Rooms to let

Rooms to let - aka lab architects

Group exhibition / Sad monuments of some biblical disaster

Rooms for rent around the Greek dominion, constructed roughly and hastily, followed struggling the wave of Greek and foreign tourists, constituting unwillingly and due to their off-handiness and inventiveness monuments of modern Greek folk art. Cement stones and flagstones of amiantus with tin roofs plastered off-hand, windows and doors from the nearby demolition or the deserted and uninhabited next building, a bedspring from the grandmother’s mattress; and voila! there is the accommodation. In the place of this lodging 45-50 years after stands haughty the modern hut- more arbitrary than ever, a white cement box attached to hundred other ones, exactly the same or similar, with the necessary air conditions, the parking lot in the front and the plastic chairs bought from gypsies.  The sound of nature is replaced by motorcycle exhaust pipes, contemporary Greek songs and beach parties of a temporary aesthetic value. At the end of the summer these contemporary monuments remain silent, sad monuments of some biblical disaster, waiting like Phoenix to be born from their ashes next summer, more and worst than ever.

Seventeen artists convert the eleven rooms in the taf courtyard into equal in number installations that transfer the visitor to the recent past of the Greek touristic self-made and many times arbitrary small manufacture.
Some wine, some sun and my air-condition.

Participants: Aspasia KouliraAntonis Stoatzikis, Alexandros Magkaniotis, Lab of Architecture (Maria Kechrinioti, Rena Stolidou, Dimitris Psichogios, Sotiris Psichogios), Andreas Papanastasiou, aka lab architects (Chrisi Arabatzi, Mirto Zirini, Stathis Kataropoulos), K.N. Patsios, Paris Legakis, Elena Chrysanthou, Christina Aggelopoulou, Panos Skouloudis, Peni Skoura.

Opening: Thursday 24 June 2010, 20:30 

Free admission

Exhibition: 24.06-15.07.2010

Address: 5 Normanou str. 105 55 Athens, Monastiraki 

tags: Greek contemporary art / exhibitions