CULTURE

The written word seen as art

The Hellenic American Union recently inaugurated a group exhibition of Greek artists inspired by the written word. «In-scribe» runs at the Hellenic American Union until March 9. The relationship between the written word and painting, the idea that painting is a form of writing and vice versa – think Japanese ideograms, for instance – has been a source of inspiration throughout time. Curated by art historian Iris Kritikou, the exhibition at the Hellenic American Union brings together a considerable number of artists and authors stemming from different generations, including Nikos-Gavriil Pentzikis, Yiannis Psychopedis, Nanos Valaoritis, Zoe Keramea, Chryssa, Irini Gonou, Katerina Apostolidou, Yiannis Bournias, Eleni Karagianni, Dimitris Skourogianis, Vana Xenou, Filippos Fexis and Stamatis Zervas, among others. At the Hellenic American Union, participating artists approach the written word as part of history, text, image, visual and symbolic acts, composition and as an interactive relationship with the audience. Besides ideograms, other forms of writing such as Arabic inscriptions and illustrated medieval texts also provide an endless source of inspiration for creative exploration. Hellenic American Union, 22 Massalias, Kolonaki, tel 210.368.0900. For more information, visit www.hau.gr.