Athens, September 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
A Dimitris Alithinos photo exhibition at the Athens International Airport
The Athens International Airport, in the context of the artistic collaboration running this year with the “Art-Athina” International Contemporary Art Fair, presents the photo exhibition, “Travelling with a body”, by Dimitris Alithinos, on display from September 4th through December 31st, in the “Art and Culture” exhibition space, on Arrivals Level.
The photo exhibition of the prominent artist-traveller, Dimitris Alithinos, curated by the Deputy Professor of the University of Athens, Manos Stefanidis, is a series of 26 photographs creating a polyptych and a landscape study comprised of details of human bodies photographed all around the world, in Lyon, in Valencia, Cusco or Kathmandu, 20 or 30 years earlier. The common thread of the narrative is the curve that joins each photograph with the next. The artist – who, apart from his other work, in 1981started “Concealments”, a lifetime work, a network of works hidden in the earth, that spreads all over the Planet – this time presents the human body in a series becoming a visual essay on time and the way in which time puts human relations to the test.
“Travelling with a body” is the latest exhibition presented at the airport in the framework of the joint project / artistic “connection” between Athens International Airport and “Art-Athina” on the “Journey” thematic, on the occasion of the International Art Fair’s 20th anniversary. As all permanent and periodic exhibitions in the airport, the new exhibition in the “Art and Culture” area on Arrivals Level, can be visited free of charge, on a 24-hour basis.
About the artist:
Dimitris Alithinos was born in Athens in 1945 and he is one of the most prominent Greek painters with an international career. He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts and at Rome’s Academia de Belle Arti, and architecture at the École Spéciale d’architecture in Paris.
During his first solo exhibitions in the early seventies he started proposing a renewal of the language of visual arts through varied media. He has been active in the international visual arts since, with politically an philosophically charged works, which always renew the visual language. He has had many solo exhibitions and he has presented performance, happenings and actions in Greece and abroad. He has represented Greece in many international important exhibitions like the Paris Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, the Cairo Biennale (1998) and the Venice Biennale.
In 1981, apart from the other work he presents, he started Concealments, a lifetime work, a network of works hidden in the earth, that spreads all over the Planet. At about the same time he starts the actions “Standing up for the Cultures of the World” and “Offerings”, which also spread all over the Planet. The 195 Concealments up to now spread from the North Pole to the South and from one side of the Earth to the other.