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Open call for SIILK Gallery's artists in Residence

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We here at SIILK GALLERY are looking for artists from all walks of life for around the world for our 2020 residency program. 

With the success of our current Gallery throughout 2019 we will be launching a new exhibition space in 2020. This has gave us the opportunity to transform our current gallery into a residency self contained studio and exhibition space.

The residency will consist of a 4 week running program with accommodation where you can live and work from the space in Athens, Greece. Use the place for a solo show for the 4 weeks or use it like an open studio, run workshops, talks, utilize the space in whichever way you want. 

At the end of each 4 weeks there will be an opening night showcasing the works produced in that time. Your works will also be featured in our online gallery for the new website of our mother gallery - www.siilkgallery.com. We will also do a feature / interview with you leading up to the residency. 

Info about the gallery:

Our gallery is situated in the Exarchea / Neapoli area of Athens, Greece. The area is the center of art and culture in Athens, it has a thriving arts scene and community. Exarchea has an edgy alternative vibe, its streets decorated with politically charged murals and lined with anarchist bookshops and stores selling rare vinyl and vintage antiques. Bars and clubs host live music, including rembetika, jazz and punk acts. For night life and the arts, entertainment and contemporary culture it is the place to be in Athens, Greece.

The Gallery is spread over 2 floors to exhibit in and an upstairs self contained studio for our residents..

It is in a very central location with access from a main road, it has a full 2 story glass double frontage so it makes for a very bright exhibiting space.

How the residency work:

4 week accommodation at Sillk Residents Gallery or full use of the 3 floors space.

Private view/press viewings and other publicity

Design and printing of invitations, mail out and social media invites

Photography of work for catalogue, website, press and online store

Featured work & artist information on www.siilkgallery.com and social medias

Opening event with music and drinks sponsor

Payment & Pricing:

The price for the 4 week residency program is €500. This will be 4 weeks full use of the space and preview exhibition. If artists wish to stay longer this can be discussed. We will accept a 20% deposit to confirm the space. The rest to be paid 6 weeks before allocated residency.

We take 0% commission on works sold throughout the duration of the artists stay.

Deadline: 
02/29/2020
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Into Wonderland: Review of Sanja Hurem's "Metamorphosis"

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Screening space and part of the photo series

Dusk.

A ghost town named Vlacháta on the island Kefalonia, off the west coast of Greece.  Earth, shrubs, rocks, rubble, and the fossils of a community.  Old Vlacháta now.  Paleá Vlacháta.  Like referring to a person who has passed on. Joseph.  Joseph, deceased.  A town that used to be alive now deserted and emptied.

But, all things in life trace circles.

So, it lives again.  

A power generator betrays the surprise in store.  The pathways lay ahead, uneven, yet defined by the town-planning of this once hustle-and-bustling place.  By now the moon in its first quarter, shines frozen and erect over what's taking place here.  The pact between the trees and the ruins is celebrated in the first segment of this artistic endeavor.  An installation piece: Two round twig balls bound in barrel rings and speech coming out of one of them.  A moment - in terms of space and objects- where the surroundings are appreciated as something other than their catalogue identity.  Opportunity in the instance of re-appreciating what you see.

But, that is only one section of this wide and polymorphous installation.  By carefully taking steps around the ghost-village paths, the visitor unveils the installation further.  Shells of homes, ruins lit and photos exhibited on the walls.  Night closes in and the trail of lights ushers me to the largest ruin of the village.  Roof missing, baby olive trees growing on the ground.  Granddad trees standing-by, watching.  The video projection is very alluring.  Clear and organic in subject matter.  Girl.  Girl in white.  Water.  Lake in a cave. Lake named Melissani.  The video is tracked by sound and speech.  The words spoken paint the picture a little more. The colour of this female voice, or the lack of emotion in it, keep adding to the experience.

The feeling the spectator gets is that of acute reception.  Softness of the air on the skin as a video-art projection takes place outdoors in the Greek summer night.  Stars studding the darkness overhead, and, ...the art. Metamorphosis.  Human to Goddess. Space to Moment.  From being the dream, to becoming the dreamer.  

A review of Sanja Hurem's "Metamorphosis" by Maria Demas (Artist and Curator, MA)

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