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Carl Lohse: Expressionist

Carl Lohse (1895-1965) produced a magnificent Expressionist oeuvre during the period of heightened artistic creativity following the First World War, between 1919 and 1921. After his release from captivity as a prisoner of war and from military service, in which Carl Lohse had been the only survivor when his company was buried alive, he painted highly expressive portraits with glaring colour contrasts. Continue

The Russian Academy of Arts | I laboratori di mosaico

Nel 2009 entrai all'Accademia di Belle Arti di San Pietroburgo (The Russian Academy of Arts)

Mi recai in compagnia di Elettra Stamboulis nei leggendari laboratori di mosaico, qui sotto potete vedere le foto che feci quel giorno.


It’s the Political Economy, Stupid

Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki 
Warehouse B1-Thessaloniki port area, Greece
June 27– October 14, 2012


Globalization, privatization, flexible work schedules, deregulated markets; 30 years of neoliberal capitalism has driven most of the world’s governments to partly or wholly abandon their previous role as arbitrators between the security of the majority and the profiteering of the corporate sector. It comes as no surprise therefore that when problems in the US real estate and financial sectors resulted in a global financial crisis starting in 2008, governments all over the world pumped trillions of dollars into banks and insurance companies, essentially creating the largest transfer ever of capital into the private sector. One argument often cited for this unprecedented action was that many of these transnational corporations were “too big to fail.” Still, despite these enormous expenditures millions of people soon lost their homes and livelihood, and the economic and social damage has not yet ended. The cost of these bailouts is staggering. States borrowed capital to rescue financial institutions resulting in growing national debt and virtual insolvency for some countries. Managing these budget deficits might have been possible if wealthy transnational corporations were forced to assist the economy, but neoliberal governments instead chose to introduce belt-tightening programs that radically reduce public services and social welfare.

Needless to say, these austerity measures do not necessarily reflect the will of the majority, and increasing voter apathy is one serious side effect of such top-down decision-making.

Today, we are facing a catastrophe of capitalism that has also become a major crisis for representative democracy. The very idea of the modern nation state is in jeopardy as the deterritorialized flow of finance capital melts down all that was solid into raw material for market speculation and bio-political asset mining. It is the social order itself, and the very notion of governance with its archaic promise of security and happiness that has become another kind of modern ruin. Theorist Slavoj Žižek puts it this way, “the central task of the ruling ideology in the present crises is to impose a narrative which will place the blame for the meltdown not on the global capitalist system as such, but on secondary and contingent deviations (overly lax legal regulations, the corruption of big financial institutions, and so on).” [1]

It’s the Political Economy, Stupid [2] brings together a group of superlative artists who focus on the current crisis in a sustained and critical manner. Rather than acquiesce to our current calamity this exhibition asks if it is not time to push back against the disciplinary dictates of the capitalist logic and, as if by some artistic sorcery, launch a rescue of the very notion of the social itself.

[1] Slavoj Žižek, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Verso Books, London/New York 2009, p. 19 [2] The title It’s the Political Economy, Stupid is a rephrasing by Slavoj Žižek of the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid”, a widely circulated phrase used during Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent President George Bush Senior.


The Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, serving its role as a field crossing various perception and practices that concern contemporary art and its relation with the society, invited the curators Oliver Ressler και Gregory Sholette to present the exhibition It’s the Political Economy, Stupid to the Greeksafter its presentation at the  Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and before its presentation at the Pori Art Museum στη Φινλανδία, in spring 2013. The issues raised by the exhibition, financial system crisis and its results in everyday life, are of direct interest in Greece, since it is widely believed that from Greece started the experiment in European soli of capital redistribution, breaking down working assets and welfare structures, and total subjugation of the politics to the capital powers.

The exhibition is realized with few funds, in a period when the social crisis and the social-political uncertainty culminate, but managed to gather from the very first beginning, great interest and response. It is also realised thanks to the assistance, solidarity and volunteers’ work by institutions, collaborators and friends it is also realized thank to the professionalism and devotion shown by the SMCA staff, along with the support shown by the Board of Trustees which allows us to continue our work in times of unfavorable circumstances.

Syrago Tsiara

Art Historian-CACT Director


Αrtists: Zanny Begg (AU) & Oliver Ressler (AT) | Filippo Berta (IT) | Linda Bilda (AT) | Libia Castro (ES) & Ólafur Ólafsson (IS) | Julia Christensen (US) | Yevgeniy Fiks, Olga Kopenkina, Alexandra Lerman (US) | flo6x8 (ES) | Melanie Gilligan (CA) | Jan Peter Hammer (DE) | Alicia Herrero (AR) | Institute for Wishful Thinking (US) | Sherry Millner(US) & Ernie Larsen(US) | Isa Rosenberger (AT) | Dread Scott (US)

Curators: Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette

Exhibition coordination for CACT: Areti Leopoulou, Theodore Markoglou

PR & Communication: Chrysa Zarkali

Front desk: Eleni Stergiou

Video subtitling: The video subtitling was made by the students of the Visual-Audio Translation and Subtitling seminar that has been realized in OXYGONO (February – April 2012) | Originator: Katerina Gouleti |  Team: Ilectra Athanasiou, Nicoletta Karida, Christina Pessiou, Anatoli Stavroulopoulou, Nina Zwe []

Supporting Institutions: Austrian Embassy in Athens, Goethe Institut Thessaloniki


P like Politics, P like Parrots (Installation Alex Mylona Museum), 2012

Curated by: Denys Zacharopoulos and Alexios Papazacharias Duration: 12 June–23 September 2012 Museum Alex Mylona - Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art presents Eleni Kamma's exhibition "P like Politics, P like Parrots", curated by Denys Zacharopoulos and Alexios Papazacharias and produced by Eleni Kamma in collaboration with the Museum Alex Mylona - MMCA. The installation presented has been specifically developed for the Museum Alex Mylona - MMCA in collaboration with Belgian architect Breg Horemans and is accompanied by a special edition-200 copies only-catalogue designed by Salome Schmuki. The exhibition will remain open until the 23rd September 2012. Eleni Kamma's solo exhibition, "P like Politics, P like Parrots", is the first part of a trilogy investigating possible and manifested contemporary European notions of common place created at the crossroads of music and architectural practices. Kamma examines the notion of spectacle in spaces of production such as the Lijnbaankwartier, the back stages of Architecture Museum in Stockholm, or public spaces like the piazalle Michelangelo in Florence. Through folding and unfolding gestures in emblematic places and spaces, a series of paradoxical hypotheses and strange identification experiments develop in her latest videos, drawings, and objects. Each result of these experiments verifies a hypothesis, which enables the creation of relations that reveal hidden common ground between different models and systems in Kamma's work. The exhibition develops, extends, engages and connects the two videos the artist created in Sweden in 2011, with the architectural space of Museum Alex Mylona. Inspired by the social phenomenon of choirs in Scandinavian countries, the videos "P like Politics, P like Parrots" and "Malin and Τor: two architects in conversation" mark the starting points of a single installation, where the whole and its parts coexist in order to create an interlude. Kamma undermines identification mechanisms and concept- generating procedures, gradually revealing the manipulation and speculation of experience, opinion, aesthetics, knowledge and history. | Video: