FIAC Private Tour: Iordanis Kerenidis and Piergiogio Pepe, 2 collectors at The Hippocrene Foundation
Through their collection and projects, Iordanis Kerenidis (director of research in quantum theory at the CNRS) and Piergiorgio Pepe (ethics advisor and professor at SciencesPo) support a conceptual and rigorous art in its form, while being political and intimate; an art that challenges normativity, binary oppositions, and gives priority to marginal perspectives and fluid intersections.
Since then, they have founded the Phenomenon association, which organizes a biannual residency program for artists and exhibitions on the Greek island of Anafi, for which they recently won the Mont Blanc Prize for artistic patronage. They also host interdisciplinary events and publish artists’ books and catalogues.
As part of the 17th edition of Propos d’Europe, an annual exhibition of contemporary art dedicated to cultural diversity in Europe, the Hippocrene Foundation invites them to present Phenomenon 1st and 2nd components ‘and all the artists living on the island, in Mallet Stevens’ former studio. “Multitudinous seas” is a term borrowed from Virginia Woolf, pointing out that it is difficult to use certain words that have had so many false marriages in the past. The exhibition aims to deconstruct stereotypes, whether about the periphery (isolated island of the Mediterranean), the crisis (Greece) or citizenship (refugees) based on works related to language, translation and poetry. In the Argonautics, Apollo makes Analfi appear to the Argonauts lost in the open sea in the dark night by illuminating the island with his bow. The name Analfi would thus be the derivative of “he made appear”/phenomenon. Phenomenon thus seeks to overcome the hierarchical systems in force by blurring the usual North/South, Citizens/Refugees binary distinctions and creating unstable connections.
Among the works on offer are:
the performance of choreographer Lenido Kaklea, “A hand’s turn”instils a special relationship with the spectator invited to buy the laminated book at the end of the session;
emilie Notéris’ book “Breaking into the waves of Analfi” which immersed herself in the figure of the antifascist resistance fighter Elektra Apostolou, deported to the island in 1939 with her daughter;
the intervention on the building of Christodoulous Panayiotou who replaced one of the windows with pink tinted glass, alluding to the removal of this colour by the shortage of the LGBT flag in 1978.
Ignasi Aballí, Kostas Bassanos, Alejandro Cesarco, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Detanico/Lain, Haris Epaminonda, Dora García, Mario García Torres, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Julien Nédélec, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Nina Papaconstantinou, Jonas Staal, Wendy Tronrud.
On December 16, most of the works will be uninstalled to host a choreographed performance by Lenio Kaklea, as well as a conversation with the curators about the future program of Phenomenon 3 (July 2019).
The exhibition guide will include a new text by feminist science fiction writer Émilie Notéris.
Sound recordings of philosopher Theodora Domenech, media theorist Paul Feigelfeld, art historian Kostas Ioannidis, and author Wendy Tronrud will be available online.
Commissioner: Grégory Castera
About Europe 17
until December 16th
12, rue Mallet-Stevens, 75016, Paris
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