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29 05 2014 to 22/6/2014

Goplacia

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Goplacia

Curatorial Open Call 2014 / the selected proposal

metamatic:taf is delighted to present the exhibition Goplacia, which opens on Thursday 29 May and will run until 22 June 2014.

The exhibition was selected through the annual Curatorial Open Call organized by metamatic:taf for the fourth consecutive year addressing young curators under 35 years - old, giving them the opportunity to propose a group contemporary art exhibition which is realized in metamatic:taf’ s exhibition spaces.

Goplacia is a word coined by the English humanist, politician and writer Sir Thomas More, taken from his book Utopia (1516); it originates from the Greek words ou and topos. In his text he thoroughly describes the sociopolitical life in an imaginary place, a fictional island located somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, where an ideal democratic political system is being implemented. The word Goplacia is translated by More as Eutopia. The definition connotes the existence of a different place, a new destination, which fulfils a goal. It treats the impossible as feasible and provides a questioning of other places, not so much in a sense of the utopian or the unviable, but as a targeted achievement of a personal destination. 

The place, its geographies, the map and its affiliated notions offer in this exhibition a metaphorical platform to review the art practice. Such “an inhabited space, transcends geometrical space” (Bachelard) and the artist crosses the limits of these notions and creates new forms of experience. In this way, the audience has the chance to redefine fixed concepts regarding our relation to space and place, either by synthesizing or simplifying our perception, to primary elements and mediums.

Each artist approaches the subject in different ways, using personal means and suggesting new ways of interaction with their own environment. As noted by Luis Mumford: “We have set utopia over against the world. As a matter of fact, it is our utopias that make the world tolerable to us... The more men react upon their environment and make it over after a human pattern, the more continuously do they live in utopia”. Thus, their artistic practices lead us into a voyage towards the imaginative, either by using poetic, symbolic or political implications or by proposing a new psychogeography of the place, in order to be seen in new associations and uses.

Participating artists: Angeliki Avgitidou, Maria Gouveli, Yiannis Grigoriadis, Eleni Mouzakiti, Vasilis Botoulas, Vasilis Bouzas, Leda Pavli, Giorgos Tserionis, Yiannis Christakos, Vasilis Psarras

Curated by: Nansy Charitonidou

Goplacia / exhibition trailer

Opening: Thursday 29.05.2014, 20:30

Admission free

Exhibition duration: 29.05 – 22.06.2014

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-21:00, Sun 12:00-19:00

Address: 5 Normanou str. 105 55 Athens, Monastiraki

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