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Deadline for applications: 2nd September, 2016

Kodra Fresh 2016 is inviting graduates (not over 5 years since the acquisition of their degree) and graduation candidates of the School of Fine Arts to submit their portfolio in order to participate in the “Mind the Gap” exhibition that will take place at the Headquarters of the former Kodra Military Barracks in September.

This year’s theme focuses on the creative relationship between man and urban space, as a field of opportunities and interaction. The city, a material environment defined by institutional authorities, works as a factor that molds man’s practices, largely imposing given norms which are reproduced in everyday life. However, man’s inherent creativity can never be completely tamed by authority. Where there is authority, there is also resistance. To the extent that every person has a certain degree of authority, they have some degree of potency, too, that allows them to produce tactics. Such tactics are anonymous, for they are silenced by public representations and they assume the form of everyday, small scale practices.

Under the current circumstances of intensifying crisis, new institutional structures are pressing towards the multiplication of the phenomena of transition, exchange and interpenetration, destabilizing given certitudes along with our relationship with the material environment. The destabilization of our notion of space and its materiality multiplies the opportunities for an opening of urban space towards unanticipated performances and uses thereof in everyday life. Contrived practices permeate the spatial planning diagram of the city causing a crack to the urban and social space. The “in-between space” underway constitutes a gap to the place of dictated orderliness where multiple places are organized and are mainly marked by the invisible and ineffable. The emerging condition favours the possibility of moving through an ever increasing number of places in progress where one maneuvers within the contradiction between the visible and institutionalized and the invisible and anonymous.

Artists are invited to set their creative power in motion and submit visual proposals relevant to the theme of Kodra Fresh 2016. We accept proposals that make use of every medium of modern art (painting, sculpture, installations, video, performance, etc). Each artist can submit more than one proposal (up to 5), wherein different mediums of expression are employed. Special emphasis will be paid to performance works of art which will be presented on the inauguration day and during the exhibition.

To apply, the following are required:
1) photographs, video or sound files of the works,
2) a short description of the proposal,
3) the artist’s portfolio,
4) a résumé,
5) contact info.

Applications are sent to:
kodramindthegap@gmail.com
politismos@kalamaria.gr

Artistic Director: Maria Kenanidou
Curators of Kodrafresh / Coordinators of Action Field Kodra: Georgia Kourkounaki – Museologist, Doctoral Candidate in Art History, Gianna Kali – Visual Artist

ACTION FIELD KODRA
Municipality of Kalamaria
Komninon 60, Τ.Κ.: 55 132
Kalamaria
Thessaloniki
GREECE
Tel.: +30 231 331 4572

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