ReMap 4 opening on the 8th of September in Athens, Greece
ReMap 4, takes place from the 8th to the 30th of September in the historical Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio area in the Athens City center, and transforms the area into a unique meeting point for contemporary art.
ReMap –firstly organised in 2007- is an international contemporary art platform that has become known for its participatory nature, hosting a unique mix of projects with current and up-and-coming -artists, curators, institutions and galleries- from across the world, all presented within the existing urban context, accessible for free to its visitors. More than 700 artists from around the world have taken part in ReMap since its inception, many of whom have further presented their work in more established institutions, like the Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennale, Palais de Tokyo, Kunsthalle Zurich and more. ReMap attracts between 20.000 and 25.000 visitors each time.
ReMap 4’s programme is the most diverse and international since its inception, presenting 60 projects, from Greece, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, the United States and Turkey in spaces as varied as vacant lots, basements, neoclassical buildings and 60’s apartments.
One can start exploring ReMap 4 at the Info Point, which has been designed by the newly established Mark Office (Katerina Apostolou, Minna Colakis, Argyro Pouliovali). The Info Point’s concept is based on the old Athenian house’s courtyard (Avli), and in particular the courtyard that was communal and shared by more than two houses, which constituted the private outdoor space of the city. At the Info Point this time an open Library with artists’ books will be established with publications donated by the participants and visitors, establishing ReMap’s artist book Library to be operating at the ReMap info point now and hopefully in the future.
ReMap 4 programme highlights
Gallery Shows: 23 established and up-and-coming international and Greek galleries have been invited to put on shows in different locations in the KM area. Among them there are 11 Greek Galleries (a.antonopoulou.art, CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Elika Gallery, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Kalfayan Galleries, Melas Papadopoulos, Qbox Gallery, Rebecca Camhi, The apartment, The Breeder) but also galleries from Italy (Federico Vavassori, Galleria Franco Noero, Galeria Lorcan Ο’Neill, T293), Switzerland (Galerie Eva Presenhuber, RaebervonStenglin), the United States (Μaccarone NY), Turkey (Rodeo), Germany (Peres Projects), Britain (Jonathan Viner, Τhe Modern Institute) as well as Gagosian Gallery.
Independent projects: 34 independent projects from curators’ and artists groups from across the world will be participating in ReMap 4 with particular focus on the co-existence of Greek-based and international participants. Among them there will be shows and projects by galleries, artists and residents’ collectives/teams that are permanently based in the KM area (E.Δ.Ω., Kunsthalle Athena, Paramythias Horis Onoma, Synergy-O), one of Athens’ most vibrant and dynamic areas.
Institutions: ReMap collaborates with 4 important art institutions: DESTE Foundation, Kunsthalle Athena, the Museum of Cycladic Art and NEON. DESTE Foundation will present Andreas Angelidakis’ communication billboards in three different locations in the KM area. Kunsthalle Athena will present the group exhibition “In the Studio”, which is the outcome of Daily Lazy Projects’s online documentation showcasing images from artists’s ateliers along with descriptions of their studio practices and workplace environments. NEON will present the group show “Echoes of silence” co-curated by Douglas Fogle and Dimitris Paleocrassas. The show, which is hosted in a converted neoclassical mansion, will include works by some of the canonical names in contemporary art, such as Rosemarie Trockel, Louise Bourgeois, Nikos Kessanlis, John Bock, Hans Bellmer, Pierre Huyghe and others. The Museum of Cycladic Art will be participating with an original treasure hunt where Cycladic figurines will occupy unexpected places in various ReMap 4 locations, as well as the educational programme “Faces of Time” which will take place at the ReMap 4 info point.
Events: Special ad hoc projects such as concerts, performances and educational initiatives complement the exhibitions programme. For example, The Breeder will present the exhibition “Bohemians”, following the show initially presented in the gallery in January 2013, during which four artists who live and work in the KM area, open their studios to the public. Camp contemporary art meeting point, will present the series of screenings “An urban film map” which is focused on analyzing the urban landscape as depicted on film and is co-curated by Kika Kyriakakou, and Andress Kikiras. The Greek-Austrian project Dada Da Academy and Psychonavigation will musically enhance ReMap 4 with interactive performances. During the opening night on September 8th, a series of different events and performances will take place, like the public performance “Choco Choco Bam Bam” by the Souzy Tros and a team of students from the University of Thessaly, whο will be preparing and offering chocolate surprises to visitors from 18:00 onwards on Avdi Square. All events will be announced at www.remapkm.org, as special dates and working hours may apply.
ReMap 4 is under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism and the City of Athens.
You can find more information about the ReMap 4 programme and its participants at www.remapkm.org and at facebook.com/remapkm.org
ReMap 4 opening times
Monday to Friday: 17:30-21:00
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00-21:00
Duration: 8-30 September
Opening: September 8, 17:00-22:00