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Back to Athens 2024 | Crossroads

Back to Athens 2024 presents 20 curated exhibitions, installations, performances, and screenings featuring more than 190 Greek and international artists. From June 26 to June 30, artists and personalities, artworks and ideas that spoke last season, outline the dynamics of the contemporary art scene.

The multidisciplinary art platform Back to Athens continues its artistic focus on Athens, with this year's edition «Crossroads - knowledge and worldly pleasures – a review» opening at the monumental Isaiah Mansion in the very heart of the city center. Back to Athens is an annual review, an outlook on the recent trends and projects collected from the past year. It profiles the critical issues and current social and artistic transformations that shape our contemporary, everyday culture, functioning a vital tool for the development of dialogue and interaction between artists, the public and locals.

Since 2012, Back to Athens has created a cultural mapping of Athens by re-opening and revisiting important Athenian buildings and distinctive landmarks that are defined by their own cultural and historical heritage. In this context, each year Back to Athens International Art Meeting chooses to visit locations within the Athenian heart that are characterized by a diversity of backgrounds and cultures.

Crossroads - knowledge and worldly pleasures – a review. The unsatisfied nature of man is both a blessing and a curse that leads to acts of recklessness. While it might open the door to innovation and discovery, at the same time it may lead one to experience the depths of their own passions. Like a contemporary Faust, cultured and successful yet dissatisfied with his life, he seeks the impossible: unlimited knowledge, but at the same time, worldly pleasures.
At the turning point of youth, he sacrifices spiritual principles for power and wealth. This agreement however pawns any prospect of future change.

To what extent can one sacrifice their ideas to achieve the ideal success?
How long can one remain 'privileged' at the 'spear's tip' without evolving?
In what circumstances does one loosen their resistance?
the chosen path is not the desired, is there room for change?
How can one be certain that decisions made today will still be relevant tomorrow?

Back to Athens 11 International Art Meeting | 2023: Crossroads

Isaiah Mansion
65 Patission, 104 33 Athens

Opening date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 16:00 - 22:00
Duration: June 26 - 30, 2024
Hours: Wednesday – Friday 16:00 - 22:00, Saturday – Sunday 12:00 – 22:00

Back to Athens 2024 Curators:
Georg Georgakopoulos
Fotini Kapiris
Christian Rupp

Organised by: APART Art Research and Applications
Under the Auspices of the City of Athens
Back to Athens 2024 is supported by:
Hellenic Ministry of Culture

Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport, Ministry of Culture of Austria
Austrian Embassy Athens
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Czech Centre Athens in the frame of "Franz Kafka's memorial year 2024"
Coordinated by: CHEAPART
Participation: Athens Intersection Cultural Program

Back to Athens was implemented for the first time in 2012 within the wider area of Kotzia Square, up until 2014. From 2016-2017, it shifted to the historic square and Exarcheia district, in 2018 it gave a dynamic presence at the Athens Commercial Triangle, and since 2021 is hosted within the emblematic building of the Isaiah Mansion on Patission street.

BtA2024. Exhibitions

1st floor

“aurora austrialis”
Curated by:
Christian Rupp
Artists: Tal Adler, Angela Andorrer, OneState Embassy, Ina Loitzl, Christian Rupp, Anna Vasof, Osama Zatar.
With kind support of the Austrian Embassy Athens, and

“sine qua non ll“
Curated by:
George Kartalos
Artists: Marina Krontira, Leonidas Giannakopoulos, Tasos Missouras, Philippos Photiadis.
Installation: Evgenia Efstathiou, “DOWRY”

“I Am My Trauma”
Curated by:
Dimitris Trikas
Artists: Andonis Vasilakis, Sofia Vlachou, Adonis Volanakis, Sofia Damouli Plaini, Mania Benissi, Nana Sachini, Filippos Tsitsopoulos, Giorgos Tserionis, Panos Famelis.

“Purple Letter”
Curated by: Eirini-Maria Nanouri
Artists: Ioannis Avgoustis, Thomas Galatos, Athina Kanela, Marilena Kranioti, Sofia Kuriakidou, Kostas Margaritis, Marina Markouli, Christina-Sylvia Simantira, Despoina Vaxevanidi.

Aspa Stasinopoulou (1935-2017): "The Carabinieri”
Curated by:
Christoforos Marinos

“The Silence of the Sirenes”
Curated by:
Georg Georgakopoulos
Artists: Chloe Akrithaki, Matina Alexiou, Alina Grabovsky, Antonín Jirát, Mariana Jirátová, Ragna Jürgensen, Christina Koutsilioutsou, Bety Krnanska, Miriam Laussegger, Sylvia Schultes, Sascha Alexandra Zaitseva.
Screening of the short film: “DOUBLE TRIAL” (1962, 16', Czechoslovakia), director Zdenek Kopac
Theatrical performance: “The Silence of the Sirenes”, director Martin Scharnhorst, Maerzbuehne
Theatrical Performance: Tasos Sagris, “The Metamorphosis” (Franz Kafka)
Performance: Athanasia Tsopanargia, “Fountain”

Chrysanthos Sotiropoulos, "Still Life with Lace”
Curated by:
Themis Ragias, Sofia Iliana Georgiadi

“After such knowlege, what forgiveness?”
Curated by:
Leonidas Melissakis
Artists: Eleftheria Christaki, Leonidas Melissakis, Pantelis Pantelopoulos

2nd floor

“Sludge pour Sludge”
Curated by:
Johannes Rips
Artists and Talks-Guests: Benedikt Alphart, Adina Camhy, Sof Fachouridou, Paul Feigelfeld, Lars* Kollros, Milena Nowak, Carrot Root, Axel Stockburger, Francisco Valença Vaz

Curated by:
Christos Keramaris, Alexios Papazacharias
Artists: Phoivos Alexopoulos, Odysseas Anagnostopoulos, Stavroula Fanaraki, Melas Karagiannis, Alexandra Kokovidou, Evangelia Pagaltzi, Alexios Papazacharias, Eleftheria Paschalidou, Sofia Patsia, Ioanna Tsatsou, Markella Verrou, Eleni Vidali, Tzeni Xenaki.

“... BECAUSE...”
Idea & Concept: Stella Bach Organisation: Elisabeth Hansa, Johanna Tatzgern Video editing: Ilse Chlan
Artists: Stella Bach, Christine Baumann, Maria Bergstötter, Julia Bugram, Ilse Chlan, Asta Cink, Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetten, Crisfor, Katya Dimova, Lisa EST, Fria Elfen-Frenken, Die 4 Grazien, Elisabeth Hansa, Friederike Hubatschek, Hansi Hubmer, Susanne Kompast, Claudia Kragulij, Rachel Kohn, Leonie Lehner, Mira Laaf, Dora Mai, Karin Mack, Sarah Mang, Anita Münz, Barbara Philipp, Margot Pilz, Agnes Rossa, Susanna Schwarz, starsky, Johanna Tatzgern, Martina Tritthart, Julia Überreiter, Ute Ungar, Linde Waber, Sula Zimmerberger, Zombronner Dorothee, Greta Znojemsky

Curated by:
Helen Mesadou
Artists: Nefeli Chyndiraki, Katerina Digoni, Vicky Filippa, Antigoni Kourakou, Semina Milarokosta, Thasos Tanagias, Amalia Triantafyllou.
Performance: Vicky Filippa, “My name is Ori Gin”

Curated by:
Mama Contemporary / Yioula Chatzigeorgiou
Artists: Vicky Achillidou, Melany Constantinou, Εllie Contou, Katerina Dimitriou, Ifigeneia Loizidou, Christos Loizou, Michael Skarparis, Rebecca Taki, Antria Zacharioy.

“Wie Nennst Du Dich? – How Do You Call Your Self?”
Curated by:
Niki Papaspyrou, Marios Fournaris
Artists: Giorgos Alexandridis, Kostas Christopoulos, Efi Fouriki, Marios Fournakis, Dimitris Fragakis, Nikos Iavazzo, Nikos Papadimitriou, Augustus Veinoglou.

3rd floor

Curated by:
Widmer Theodoridis
Artists: Blind Adam, Eugenia Efstathiou, Dimitris Kontodimos, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Christos Mitsikas, Theodore Noutsos, Stenia Paraskeva, Hara Piperidou, Dimitris Rentoumis, Alexandros Rokadakis, Louis-Philippe Scoufaras, Paky Vlassopoulou.

Curated by:
Flat1- Karin Maria Pfeifer, Sula Zimmerberger
Artists: Die 4 Grazien, Ewa Kaja, Ina Loitzl, Christiane Spatt, Karin Maria Pfeifer, Sula Zimmerberger.

“Read the room"
Curated by:
Antigoni Kapsali
Artists: Vasilis Angelopoulos, Alexandra Dalaka, Dimitra Exarchou, Penny Gkeka, karl grümpe & rene p.g, Sofia Kyriakou, Elly Kyriazi, Athanasia Papatzelou, Eleni Sarli, Zoi Seitani, Theodora Tsiatsiou, Vivy Tsiogka, Panagiotis Voulgaris.

“Dreaming of the blue flower and the decay of the aura”
Curated by:
Filippos Tsitsopoulos
Artists: Bryan Catling, Gillian Dyson (performance), Chris Hawtin, Jack Catling (performance and video), Yiannis Mitrou (performance), Filippos Tsitsopoulos (performance), Maro Theodosiou (performance), Maria Charela (performance), Ioanna Skantzeli (performance), Alma Kalma (Lab performance).

Curated by:
Chara Dimitropoulou
Artists: Yannis Skaltsas, Kleopatra Moursela, Vasilis Botoulas, Eleni Kordali, Konstantinos Berdeklis.

Curated by:
Yorgos Lintzeris
Artists: Dimitris Chalatsis, Giannis Kardasis, Yorgos Lintzeris, Anna Maneta, Maria Tsimbourla, George Vaviloussakis, Anthi Paraskeva-Veloudogianni. Performance: Dimitris Chalatsis

BtA2024 Independent presentations, Artists and Curators

1st floor

Evgenia Efstathiou, “DOWRY”
Curated by: George Kartalos

Katerina Botsari, “NIKI, 2024”
Audiovisual installation

Werner Widmer, “true blue”
Installation (1st, 2nd floor)

2st floor

Nikos Giavropoulos, “Hypnos”
Audiovisual installation

Olga Economou Constantinides, “Discourse”
Audiovisual installation

3st floor

Babis Karalis, "Virgin' Games"

Sebastian Boulter, “Of Water”
Audiovisual installation

Basilis Bacalis, “sortie romantique”

Aikaterini Kanakaki, “White Rabbit”

BtA2024 Performances

Vicky Filippa, “My name is Ori Gin” (in the context of, “Thing”, Cur. Helen Mesadou)

In the context of “The Silence of the Sirenes” (Cur. Georg Georgakopoulos):
Athanasia Tsopanargia, “Fountain”
Tasos Sagris, “The Metamorphosis” (Franz Kafka)
“The Silence of the Sirenes”, directed by Martin Scharnhorst, Maerzbuehne (Theatrical performance)

In the context of “Dreaming of the blue flower and the decay of the aura” (Cur. Filippos Tsitsopoulos):
Gillian Dyson, Jack Catling, Yiannis Mitrou, Filippos Tsitsopoulos, Maro Theodosiou, Maria Charela, Ioanna Skantzeli, Alma Kalma.

Dimitris Chalatsis (in the context of “Philoxenia”, Cur. Yorgos Lintzeris)

Apostolis Philippou, “Soundscapes”

Curated and directed by:
Ralitza Vladimirova
Demi Palatsidi
Angeliki Panteleakou
Angeliki Panteleakou, Miltos Floros