Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents a group show curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis, which constitutes a dialogue between 8 Aboriginal Australian and 8 Contemporary Greek artists.
Nikos Alexiou, Dimitrios Antonitsis, Eugenia Apostolou, Konstantinos Ladianos, Ioannis Kardamatis, Yorgos Lappas, Christos Raftopoulos, Anonymous, Carol Puruntatameri, Paulina Puruntatameri, Jacqueline Puruntatameri, Cornelia Tipuamantumirri, Susan Wanji Wanji, Jane Margaret Tipuamantumirri, Karina Coombes, Miriam Stasi
Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith.
If one believes, then miracles occur.
Ideally, one should sing about art… along with someone else…
In every cosmogony, in every model concerning the coming-into-existence, there are always two principles in perpetual conflict with each other: light and darkness, tyranny and freedom, spirit and materialism.
Walking the spiritual path properly is a very subtle process; so is enjoying the everyday. Somehow, some Greek artists are aware of the sidetracks which lead to phoniness and (self-) deception.
Each one in their own way, they are all true beacons of courage and faith, something beyond just their specific talents: the result of some crossed wires in the back of their brain perhaps, or maybe way enough sunlight as children… Who can say? Their art is a navigator for creating and believing in the ceaseless fermentation of life and death.
This is exactly the common thread with the life-building processes of the Aboriginal Australians of the Tiwi Islands. Their art-making helps them tap into the transformative resources already present within themselves.
Curating this visual dialog I was challenged to create a mental space for inner growth and spiritual transcendence, the equivalent of a prayer. That’s what the (art)world needs now: space to take notice of each other, our own souls, and different voices.