Photo: Carlotta Sennato/Italy_manipulNation.
We are happy to launch the second cycle of our “One Artist A Week” programme featuring international artists in the very heart of Athens. Our programme addresses many artists’ need to be “indy” and highly professional, while operating inside a strongly consolidated gallery landscape and an institution governed art and award scene – worldwide.
Having curated more than ten international group shows, drafted and curated an extensive Artist Residency programme for a municipality in Greece, having co-operated with major cultural institutions in Greece, Germany, Netherlands, USA and having innumerable solo shows in our bio documented by catalogues and press reviews, we decided it is time to reach out to the international artist community from the very bridge between the East and the West, namely Athens – Greece.
We started our programme last year presenting international shows at an official Documenta 14 Athens venue and proved that successful indy production is not just possible in the crisis stroken Greek capital, but also much needed!
The sarcastic title refers to the feeling of being inflated or not really being needed, artists often have as they are – not rarely – treated like an expiry date product in a gallery’s exhibition menu. It is hard to get your own 10 minutes of fame nowadays, but it is not impossible to make a consequent statement if you know how the art world works!
We strongly believe art is solace, innovation and knowledge – and it is much needed now!
One Artist A Week is a micro-show series, the way exhibitions are now made in Germany, where we also live and operate: four intensive days focusing on one aspect of the artis’s work instead of a two to six weeks programme.
We have the pleasure to cooperate with Π Artworks, a phantastic 1970s-style stamp shop which together wih its owner and incredibly skilled wood engraver, Leonidas Panourgias, we ambition to turn into a vibrant micro-venue for contemporary art and exchange.
The heart of Athens was full of little charming family-run shops a few years ago, before the crisis turned many of them into cafes or galleries or posh boutiques and gentrified the very center of Athens. People went there to buy, chat, communicate, say hallo. This is the very best definition of agora/market, I can think of.
We also ambition to restore the concept of agora in art: friendly chat instead of unfriendly arrogance-transpiring art venues, micro-size instead of pharaonic art temples, personal contact instead of corporate clientel.
Our 2018 programme starts on 7 June featuring a solo show by Italian artist Carlotta Sennato.
Stay tuned for more updates will follow.
FaveLAB – Who we are?
FaveLAB is an interdisciplinary platform and a creative lab based in Athens/Greece and operating globally.
Our artist residencies, workshops, lectures, networking meetings and exhibition projects address artists, designers, curators and writers who work – or wish to enrich their knowledge – in the field of visual art, performance, film, art in public space, contemporary jewellery art, textile art, literature.
FaveLAB also focuses on the urban dynamics of Athens, a SE metropolis in the epicenter of social and cultural shifts, and aims at making their significance understandable to the art community and the broader public. Experimental art work, alternative presentations, socially integrative art and design approaches, strong communication campaigns are FaveLAB’s main characteristics.
Do you want to know more or to participate in our Artist residency and Solo show porgrammes? Write to loukiarichards@gmx,de