42 miles road - by EIRINI PAGONI - LOUTI
The solo exhibition of the awards – winning visual artist EIRINI PAGONI – LOUTI, titled “42 miles road”, will be presented from Monday, September 25 till Tuesday, September 31 at the Center of Collective Artistic Activity SYN (Tositsa str. 17, Exarchia, Athens). The originality of this exhibition is due to the fact that the artworks were born and created inside the gallery SYN, where they are presented. The opening date of the exhibition is on Monday, October 2 at 19:00 and the entrance is FREE.
Completing 42 years, as an idea and space, the Center of Collective Art Activities SYN is the inspiration for the creation of an exhibition within the aesthetics characterized by the aesthetic perception of the materials and forms of the artist Eirini Pagoni-Louti, as she explains below:
“SYN is a concept that began in 1975, right after the change of the political regime, by the painter and teacher Theodoros Pantos, and some dreaming visual artists, not only as an art space but also as a focal point for the education and movement of ideas and ideals, freedom, ethos and creation.
I became part of this Idea in the early 80's, when we assumed that through revolution and certainty that we were able to change the world. Art, like any form of Knowledge and Expression of our Life, is, and owes to be, a Political Act. Those years, were really very creative, everything was new, everything was a surprise, everything was beautiful. Let's not forget that Aesthetic is the Highest Ethic.
However, the "groups", having self-restraints and self-protections, conflicts and contradictions, are in the process of time, impossible to remain unchanged, static. They stumble upon either the selfishness or the different evolution of their constituents. For me, it was time to "travel" elsewhere.
It has been now 30 years since that time. I have worked and traveled to other destinations. The ideology and perception of my Art Creation and my life of those years were alive and present in every single step of mine. My return to this place since last winter has nothing to do with nostalgia or romance. Besides, by nature, I am not at all like that. It probably has to do with my need, with my debt to finish this destination that I started in my very youthful years. I am not a person I dream of, I am a person who believes "in the debt". From that time on, my suffering began. "What kind of exhibition should I do?? What concept?. I wanted something that would be capable to express the content of 42 years of this space, of this “road” in the course of SYN, albeit with my own aesthetic perception, with my own materials and with my own forms.
At the beginning of July 2017, this light beam came a big "flash"!. I got two A4 sheets of paper, I stuck along, I quickly designed my idea, quickly with my pencil, and with two clothespins I hung it on my fireplace. It was ... a 42 miles road. ..... 1975 to 2017 ... 42 years.
I go to SYN, Tositsa 17 in Exarchia, on September 25, 2017, Monday, without any ready work from my studio. Only with my materials. Early in the morning. My exhibition, my show, starts from that moment on, and it is open to everyone. Everything that will be exposed, it will be constructed within the space itself. I will not leave the place until I finish the work, not even to go home to sleep. I hope and I wish that the weather will be my ally, for the colors to be quickly dried. On Wednesday, September 27, at 7 o'clock in the evening, everything will be ready for what we would call an official inauguration. The whole process of implementing the exhibition will be videotaped, mounted for the audience to come and will be posted on You Tube. I hope my form will most accurately express the content of 42 years.”
EIRINI PAGONI – LOUTI biography:
Studied in the atelier of Theodore Pantos and Spyros Koukoulomatis, drawing, color, and History of Art. Studies in the School of Visual Arts, New York University,and the New York Fashion Institute of Technology ,for Theatrical Costumes. Later continues studies for costumes at Esmode, Paris.
After the return in Greece 1984, becomes a member of the Artistic Center SYN, where in Gallery SYN, makes the first exhibition .
1988 Opsis with ManolisPetalas.
1990 The Art of Independence.
1992 Ersis Gallery
1996 Titanium,“THEOGONY” Multi Art Work,
(Painting, Installation, Music, Video, Dramatized Dancing)
1997 Aigeira Cultural Center,
1999 Selini, “Visual Creations of Childhood”
( Elaborated Metal Materials)
2000 TechnopolisPeireos, Installation, “Tin Preservation of Cereals”
2001 The American University in Aix En Provence, France,
“From the myths of Fontaine” (Elaborated Metal Materials)
2003-2004 Petroupolis Festival, with ‘Echodrasis’ , Nikos Touliatos,
“Sound Genesis”, ( Metal Installation – Music Instrument ).
2005 ARTISTIC ENCOUNTER GREECE – CHINA, Beijing ,“Seeds of the Future”
2007 LIQUID BLUE , cultural actions of Trichonis Lake, with Jenny Tsoumbri,
2009 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL SΕMΕIOLOGΥ ON PABLOS’ PICASSO
QUERNICA, Dimokritos Physics Science Center.
2010 LOVING, DANCING , USED THE RECYCLE BAR
2010 NOT THE OLD, NOT THE NEW, BUT THE NECESSARY CHILLI.
2013 THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LIGHT,
2017 42 MILES ROAD , SYN CULTURAL CENTER
In 1996, presents the 3D video “THEOGONY”, and in 1996 & 1997, receives two prizes, participating in two Universal Festivals, in Ars Electronica in Lintz, Austria, and in Ars Digitalis in Berlin.
Artistic direction, Décor & costumes, for the dramatized documentaries, for the Greek National Television Network
1989-1991 “Ela stofos”
1991-1992 “Mother of a God”
1992 “Iscandar el Akbar”
1993 “Bazaars of the East”
1994-1995 “Nine Mousses”.
Artistic direction, scenography, costumes for the films, participating in the International Film Festival of Drama, and for the following Theatrical Shows.
1996 “O Grigoris”
1998 “Terra Incognita” Thessaloniki International Film Festival Theater.
1998 “The can opener” TheatrikiSkini, Antonis Antoniou
1999 “The Big Game” TheatrikiSkini, Antonis Antoniou.
2000 “The Line” TheatrikiSkini, Antonis Antoniou.
2001-2002 “Anonymous Ode” Fuga, International Theater Prize
2003 “The children of the wolf” Fuga.
2006-2007 “The children of the wolf” & “Women in the Time” Fuga.
2007 “The can opener” Art Café
2008 “The song of the water” with the SAOLIN from China,
2008 “CAVEMAN” Mogul – Coronet
2008 “HELECTRA” for Municipality of Athens
2009 “MEDEA” for Municipality of Athens
2009 “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE” Fuga
2011 ‘THYLI ANIMA DEVI’ Artefact
2012 ‘TA TRIA K’ Theatro tis Imeras
2013 ‘I ZAKYNTHOS OMOLEI’ Fuga
2013 ‘KING LEAR’ LaikoTheatroLakisKaralis
2013 ‘ANARXIKOS TRAPEZITIS’ Artefact
2014 ‘TROMOS KAI ATHLIOTITA TOY 3ou REICH’ Brecht, LaikoTheatro tis Zakynthos
1999 – 2000 For JONNIE WALKER “MILLENNIUM”
2001 For Q TELECOM
2004 For SAMSUNG, during the OLYMPIC GAMES OF ATHENS 2004,
in the OLYMPIC STADIUM.
2005-2006 For MARLBORO
2000-2010 Many times for dance shows & promotion performances for Dance
Academies & Firms like VICHY, SILK CUT, BACARDI , e.t.c.
Member of ACADEMY OF INSTITUTIONS & CULTURE, since 2005 until today.
GENERAL INFORMATION for the exhibition:
EIRINI PAGONI – LOUTI
«42 miles road»
Duration: SEPTEMBER 25 untill OCTOBER 31, 2017
Opening date: Monday, October 2, at 19:00hrs
Center of Collective Art Activities
Tositsa str. 17, Exarchia,
106 83 Athens, Greece
Monday till Sunday: 19:00 – 22:00hrs