CULTURE

Art-Athina hits back at grim reality with a splash of color

The Tae Kwon Do complex in Faliro has transformed into a meeting place for artists, collectors and art aficionados once again, with the annual Art-Athina fair running at the sports facility to May 15. The 17th edition of the international contemporary art fair of Athens opened its doors to the public on May 13.

Art-Athina 2011 showcases works by more than 300 local and international artists which are on display in the fair?s numerous pavilions. Taking part in this year?s edition are 58 galleries and 40 cultural organizations from nine countries.

At the same time the annual fair also presents a series of parallel events, including lectures, screenings and workshops. Included in the parallel program is a project developed by students in the Applied and Visual Arts Department at the University of Western Macedonia in Florina.

Bright colors and pop aesthetics are two of the key elements in this year?s Art-Athina — a reaction, perhaps, to the overall dark mood that has taken over the country.

Visitors will get the chance to stroll around the vast, well-organized space of the indoor arena, among works by Manolis Charos, Opy Zouni (Eikastikos Kyklos Gallery), Kostis Velonis, Georgia Sagri (AD Gallery), Alexandros Tombazis (Artower Agora), Faidon Patrikalakis (Astrolavos Art Gallery), Gilbert