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Greek artists in the spotlight

Representing the world from opposite ends of the spectrum, shows by two Greek artists are the highlights for anyone wanting to art gaze this week

As galleries and cultural institutions around the island prepare for the festive period, there seems to be a general consensus that the very best of the art world must go on show.

Perhaps it’s because the holidays leave people with a few extra hours to art gaze, with galleries keen to show off top quality work coupled with the anticipation that many will be keen to make purchases for themselves or their loved ones. With so much going on that deserves attention, Limassol seems to wear the golden crown this Christmas period as two exhibitions have just opened that place great Greek artists in the spotlight.

Nikos Economopoulos: Lanitis Centre

The Lanitis Centre knows about hosting great shows and they’ve now managed to get everyone talking with some top black and white photography snapped by the lens of Nikos Economopoulos. From street scenes and public gatherings to solitary meanders and deserted landscapes, this man’s pictures have perhaps become the most famous of all Greek photographers, appearing in newspapers and magazines worldwide.

Having joined Magnum in 1990, his work earned him a Mother Jones Award in 1992. With his projects taking him across the world, he often says that his heart is always close to home, frequently taking snaps of communities living on the margins of society. Keen on investigating territorial, ethnic and religious tension in the region, he visited Cyprus in the late 90s to take pictures of families living close to the Green Line. Between 1999 and 2000 he became famous for his images covering the mass emigration of ethnic Albanians fleeing Kosovo.

The current exhibition at the Lanitis Centre consists of 150 black and white photographs previously on show at the Benaki Museum in Athens, which provided a retrospective of the past 20 years of his career. Displaying plenty of raw emotion, his works are often described as taking on a strong photo journalistic quality as if showing his own ‘documentary’ of the world.

Teo Daskalakis: Silks Gallery
Fairy tales come to life in an exhibition by the well-known Daskalakis in a world where pigs fly and mystical subjects spring out from the canvas. Born in Germany, this Greek painter studied at the Munich Fine Arts Academy before returning to Greece in 1998. Since then he has earned himself a great reputation and huge fan base after invading the Greek art scene with a rather different way of portraying the world.

Strikingly surreal, his paintings have the ability to touch the viewer in a way that is not easily described. Taking the audience beyond the reality of the world as we know it, he uses iconological symbolism to play with the idea of twisted norms and over exaggerated scenes from daily life.

With canvases filled with extensive representations of animals in rather unusual and out of context settings, Daskalakis has been inspired by the Belgian Felicien Rops and the Dutch renaissance artist, Hieronymous Bosch. When it comes to style, he’s been likened to the Austrian Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

Having exhibited his works around Europe, his shows have come to provoke a range of emotions from a mere chuckle of laughter to awe inspiring amazement. With Silks Gallery reputed as one of the most stylish exhibition spaces in town, it’s time to embrace a little contemporary art within a great urban space.

Nikos Economopoulos

Solo photographic exhibition by renowned Greek photographer. Until January 10. Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol. Open daily 1pm-8pm except Mondays. Tel: 25-342123

Teo Daskalakis

Solo painting exhibition by Greek artist showing his latest work. Until January 12. Silks Gallery, 3 Georgiou A Street, Hallmark Complex, Limassol. Monday-Friday 10am-7pm. Saturday 11am-2pm. Tel: 25-323220.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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