A visual arts playground in Athens

A central Athens gallery turned into a children?s playground for the inauguration of a new exhibition on April 7, as Ilias Kosintas presented an alternative kind of photo exhibition showcasing black-and-white images of children.

At the recent opening of ?Playground/Children?s Joy,? currently on display at The Image Gallery, young visitors were greeted with candy at the gallery?s splendid premises on Amalias Avenue.

The inauguration was about more than just the photographs on display, with children as young as 4 getting the chance to feel like real artists and coming up with their own signed artworks reflecting the joyful side of life.

The youngsters were aware that this was their first ever group exhibition and had been informed by their parents and teachers that proceeds from the sale of their works would benefit good causes — the Drassi Center for children and families, the Merimna Society for the care of children and families facing illness and death, and the Hara Center for individuals with special needs.

Snapshots of carefree moments and memories of summer holidays, Kosintas?s photographs show boys and girls laughing and having fun, diving gleefully into the sea, along with images of fond moments between children and their parents, grandparents and pets.

The exhibition is accompanied by an album featuring a select number of the artist?s works published by Eurasia Editions.

The Image Gallery, 36 Amalias, Syntagma, tel 210.323.0534. Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. To May 15.

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