Estro – το ταξίδι του οίστρου

The travel of Oistros, back to base
Athens, 16 – 26 November 2017
Kerameikou 28, Athens

 

After the success of Οίστρος – il viaggio dell’estro, the first exhibition in Italy by AFI Collective, Orasi Art brought an adapted version of the show back to the artists’ hometown, Athens. For this journey across the Mediterranean, the exhibition name became Estro – το ταξίδι του οίστρου.

 

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As opposed to traditional arts venues, unconventional spaces pose technical challenges that can inform the curatorial narrative. Kerameikou 28 is one of those places.

After the magical WWII tunnels in Bologna where Οίστρος – il viaggio dell’estro was first held, the labyrinth of rooms in the Neoclassical building at Kerameikou 28 was the the most fitting environment to host this exhibition. From high ceilinged rooms and mezzanines to small, womb-like intimate rooms; from winding staircases and crumbling walls to the spacious inner courtyard, Estro called for an explorative journey on the part of visitors – as opposed to the almost linear tale told in the Bolognese tunnels.

The history of the building and the area of Metaxourgeio were marked by the production of metal and printing, and so thus formed a link to the raw materials and techniques used by the artists of AFI Collective.

Kerameikou 28 is run by Communitism who envision to re-activate abandoned buildings that are part of our cultural heritage by transforming them into vibrant, self-organised socio-cultural centers. With cultural exchange and collaboration being two of our founding values, Orasi is proud to have been part of this bottom up initiative.

For more details on the exhibition and the artists, download the exhibition leaflet in English or in Greek.