Figure One presents Greeks for Greece, a group exhibition that takes its departure from the differences and similarities between “Greek Life” as experienced in Fraternities/ Sororities and actual daily life in Greece.
This exhibition runs from April 1 – 16, 2016 with an opening reception on April 1 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM which will include a Q+A with Dr. Konstantinos Kourtikakis on the current refugee crisis in Greece from 6:00 – 7:00. On April 9 at 11:00 AM the gallery will host a live Skype chat with Dr. Gionakis, Director of the NGO Babel which offers mental health support services to refugees in Athens.
The work of seven international creative practitioners will be included in the exhibition; Swiss-based artist Tom Bogaert, American designer Joe Carpenter, Canadian designer Darrell Currington, American artist Whitney Lynn, Greek-American artist Marina Miliou-Theocharaki, Canadian artist Allison Rowe and Greek artist Ilias Toliadis. The exhibition will also include fourteen video works produced by Greek youth in Athens under the guidance of educator and artist Maria Letsiou. Collected together, these works offer visceral and critical meditations on the ongoing refugee and economic crises of Greece through visual examinations of Greek culture, history and daily life.
Exhibition curator Allison Rowe is a doctoral student of Art Education at the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and researcher whose recent creative projects investigate the intersections of generosity, power and ecological sustainability through performance, print and installation. Allison’s doctoral project examines museum-based socially engaged art production. She holds an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts and a BFA in Photography from Ryerson University. More on the Figure One website.