PAI 2010- Alexandroupolis-Samothrace 22-27/8/2010

General organization: Katerina Kaltsou, general secretary of the Union of Cultural Associations of Evros, EPOFE

Concept/Project: Polyxene Kasda, IAA, UNESCO

Curators of the international collection PAI 2010 inaugurated on  the 22/8/2010 in the Municipal Center of Samothrace:
Dores Sacquegna, Italy, Polyxene Kasda, Greece, Pierre Chirouze, France
The polycentric echibition of local artists will be held all over the Chora
The Children installation Cicogna, Cicogna come back will be inaugurated on the 23/8/2010
Event under the full moon on the  24/8/2010:
Choreographer Apostolia Papadamaki will dance in the sacred site of Palaiopolis
{special permission from the Greek Ministry of Culture}
performance by violonist Angeliki Casdas 
musical performance by Yannis Voultsidis

museum of Palaiopolis Samothrace


Poetry evening with Mehmet Yashin in the Ethnological museum of Thrace on the 20/8/2010

Participating artists:
Eozen Agopian (Armenia/Grece);Hakan Akcura (Turkey/Stockholm); Giorgio Carluccio{Italy}; Giovanni Alfonsetti (Italia); Constantin Angelou (Grece);Mirek Antoniewicz (Poland), Caterina Arcuri (Italia); Marea Atkinson (Australia); Natasha Manolidou [Greece], Dimitra Bourouliti (Greece); Esther Burger (Holland); Mandra Cerrone (italia);Marina Comandini Pazienza (Italia); Daria Cornea (Romania); Giselle Diaz Campagna (Puerto Rico); Filli Cusenza(Italia); Silvia De Gennaro (Italia); Dellavilla (France); Danilo De Mitri (Italia); Giulio De Mitri (Italia); Irene Domingez (France); Alexis Duque (Colombia); Mahnaz Dustikhah (France); Piero Ferroglia (Italia); Fosca (italia);Marie-Pierre Legrand (France); Cinzia Fresia (Italia); Polyxene Kasda (Grecia); Hilda Kelekian (Lebanon);Lena Kelekian (Lebanon);Hagop Sulahian (Lebanon); Angelika Korovessi (Grece); Barbara Lichtman (USA); Maria Luisa Imperiali (Italia); Elisa Laraia (Italia);Margherita Levo Rosenberg (Italia); Pam Longobardi (USA); Dario Manco (Italia); Andrea Mattiello (Italia); JB Michaux (France) ; Miron Milio (Croazia), Katerina Mourati (Grece); Juan Negroni (Puerto Rico); Antonis Papantoniou/Vim Viva (Grece); Maria Pesmazoglou (Grece); Kevin Samiento Navarro (Colombia); Gio Sciello (Italia); Angela Spoerl (Germany); Dimitris Strouzakis (Grece); Hagop Sulahian (Lebanon); Georges Syrakis (Grece); Vera Tataro (Tsech Republic); Dev Udaiyan (India/England); Masaki Yada (Uk); Eva Vereeva (Latvia);Virginia Videa (Romania); Marilena Vita (italia); Xene (Egypt/Grece);Marjolein Wortmann (Germania); Gheorghe Zaharia (Romania), Annee Kelly {Australia}
Among the  children participating in the collective installation dedicated to the return of the storks: Achilleas Papantoniou; Odysseas Papantoniou; Joziana Papada, Jason Angelou, Dora Riga, Antonis Panayotis Lampeas e Ayshe-Mira Yashin .

Pai 2010 exhibition is under the auspices of:
Ministry of Culture in Greece {Athens Art}
Municipality of Athens {Athens Art}
Region of East Macedonia
Thrace, Prefecture of Evros
Municipalities of Alexandropoli and Samothrace, Evros

ΠΑΙ/ "The eon is a child playing"

Text by Dores Sacquegna

“The eon is a child playing” is the title of the exhibition based on the idea of artist -curator Polyxene Kasda, an exhibition that co involves numerous artists, each, pouring his own luggage of experience and particular style into this very profound thematic. The term PAI, in its more ample conception reveals the meaning of time, of the infinite, of the archetype.
PAI is the infinite game and the internal voyage sublimated on the confines of knowledge. It is a dialogue between duallity and equilibrium, between memory and myth.
PAI is birth, innocence, truth, revelation and creativity.
PAI is us, contemporaries, in the moment that we enter in contact with the other and recuperate the essence of life
The work ‘Infinitoy’ of Antonis Papantoniou opens the event and is used, most efficiently, as the symbol of the exhibition
The following works are presented by order of thematic approach:

The Infinite
“Puer Aeternus” is the state of the chrysalis described by C. Jung; the cocoon from which springs the new life. Fosca (Marcella Fusco), who proceeds for years with her research on myth, interprets the concept of the infinite with a child that holds a light; a state of grace that emerges from darkness. The Infinite is also symbolized in the abstract painting of Eozen Agopian and eternity in time in the subtle illustrative work of Daria Cornea.

Game and identity are the central themes in the photographic work of Danilo De Mitri, that represents the mythography of contemporary youth and their love for heroes.
“Facendo le capriole” is the title of the installation by Margherita Levo Rosenberg, that is inspired by this game known to all children who like to see the world upside down. Attracted by the transparency of glass, of silicon and of the radiographic pellicule, the artist’s spectacular installations investigate the complexity of language and analyzes the relation between thinking, speaking, action and emotion..
The power of the archetype and the enigmatic symbolism of Pai pervade the painting of Dev Udaiyan. The work of Constantin Angelou represents a child’s toy train with minimal elements in black and white. In his enigmatic painting Alexix Duque distorts the elements and reverses the meaning, while, the object becomes bigger than the subject.  Dimitris Strouzakis plays in the interspace between the ludic and the cosmic world; sand is the first tactile material with which children play and build castles, the sphere represents the balloon but also the earth. Marie-Pierre Legrand plays with the fable of Pinocchio by reversing the significance as the puppet escapes from the strings that tie it to its maker.The illustration of Kevin Sarmiento Navarro is just one phase cought out of his continuous game of tranformations. On love games the naif painting by Irene Dominguez.

The research of Andrea Mattiello, Caterina Arcuri e Juan Negroni is centred on the theme of birth. The first realizes a series of foetuses in an installation composed of 16 pieces. Caterina concentrates on the placenta, organ of exchange between mother and child. Juan, illustrates love towards the newborn

Archetype and myth
The “archetype of Pai” of Gio Sciello reminds a runic alphabet inscription. Filli Cusenza, presents the “Matrix Natura”, a cloth bearing the iconographic popular representation of the child that is born from a lotus flower in direct connection with Botticelli’s Venus
The myth of the infant Goddess is the theme of the bronze sculpture of Giovanni Alfonsetti. The Child- fighter is the theme of the multimedia sculpture of Giorgio Carluccio and of the captive illustration by Marina Comandini, wife of the unforgettable fumettist Andrea Pazienza.
The site specific installation, which was realized in Samothrace by Pam Longobardi, deals with the relation between man, nature and the artificial materials of mass culture and is dedicated to Nike.
On duality and on the integrative power of the archetype the works of Maria Pesmazoglou and of Katerina Mourati.
Strongly symbolic the totem of Gheorghe Zaharia, as well as his parallel games on paper that bring to mind the legend of the magnetic transmission of the Herakleia Stone of Samothrace to the iron rings of the initiates.
The dialogue betwen life and death is present in the work of Miron Milio. On the popular iconography of religion the work of Marjolein Wortmann, that represents the madonna wearing an apron while holding her child. On the enigmatic bottom of the sea of Samothrace, the work of Georges Syrakis.

Infancy and innocence
La “Scatola del sogno infranto” is the title of Silvia De Gennaro’s installation, a visual game, an open possibility to see the visible otherwise. La fine dell’ incanto; the dream enclosed in a box, the children playing with the moon and then eating the moon; an enigmatic work that provokes strange feelings..
Spirituality and innocence are found in the work of Dario Manco where the white background accentuates the central renaissance perspective; our attention is focused on the physiognomic features of the individual rather than on the representation of emotions, while recurring in the essentials of form and space.
Marvel and stupor are expressed in the photographic work of Cinzia Fresia. The coronation of the Child is depicted in the aquarelle painting by Annee Kelly.
The orphan child, is one of the legated features in the symbology of Pai and is successfully represented in the expressive painting by Mirek Antoniewicz.
JB Michaux deals with the same theme in his ink drawing. Infancy and infinite imagination is the content of the work “In the garden” of Dellavilla; a return to the popular oriental iconography.
Dimitra Bourouliti’s silk thread mythic embroiderie on pure silk, accentuate the continuity of her family tradition in silk making in Soufli of Evros
Natasha Manolidou realizes a naive theatrical clay installation representing the mother washing her child.
In Hakan Akcura’s art- video “Look what beautiful seashells” we are treading on the thread stretched between antinomies, as we are listening to an extraordinary dialogue over a child’s innocent sleep: about the very dark side of the world or just about beauty
Another interesting video is that of Giselle Diaz Campagna, who gets her inspiration from nature, chaos and survival in the human condition. On her childhood memories of fairy tales the painting by Mahnaz Dustikhah.

Voyage and knowledge
For Giulio De Mitri, the voyage is spiritual and represents the correspondence between the world of the living and the other world. The sea is a symbol of memory and vehicule of knowledge.
Elisa Laraia’s video “Zefiro” treats of the voyage in the dream dimension, where the child traverses an atemporal space in which it encounters real life objects. A dialogue between a child and an extraterrestrial is depicted in the affective illustration by Vera Tataro

Dualism and equilibrium
On “the infant that is in you” the photographic work of Mandra Cerrone and Marilena Vita’s double reflection of the child-adult
On equilibrium and balance with universal connotations the work of Aggelika Korovessi.

Time and memory
On the visual cannibalism that characterizes contemporary society, the multimedia sculpture “Give me food for my brain” of Maria Luisa Imperiali.
On nostalgia and memory of lost things the pictorial work of Masaki Yada.
The head of a child that reminds an ancient piece of sculpture is the work of Angela Spoerl.

Creative writing
The composition of elements and symbols dedicated to PAI in the beautiful digital installation Doodling of Polyxene Kasda is spectacular.
Visual poetry shapes the work of Esther Burger

Ecosystem and universe
On the four elements, the ecosystem and time the pictorial installation of Piero Ferroglia and on the mythical universe the digital work of Marea Atkinson. A more abstract approach to the theme characterizes the colourful works of Eva Vereeva, Hagop Sulahian, Lena and Hilda Kelekian. On the relation of man and animal nature the painting of Barbara Lichtman
The return of the storks, is the thematic of Virginia Videa’s painting and is also the theme on which Achilleas Papantoniou, Odysseas Papantoniou, Joziana Papada, Jason Angelou, Ayshe-Mira Yashin, Dora Riga, Antonis Panayotis Lampeas children of two to seven years old have worked with a series of drawings of a particular graphic effect

And finally, Takis Alexiou, who has organized the Athens Art exhibition in Technopolis, which hosted our collection PAI in Athens Technopolis, has offered to EPOFE two art- prints with the title the Egyptian. .

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