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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 August 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 AUGUST 2017 23 ARTS MoMa’s Katerina Stathopoulou is Life Framer’s judge for this month A unique photography competition and a renowned platform for discovering and exhibiting contemporary photography calls for entries Life Framer is a photography award that sources and showcases outstanding work from amateur to established artists. The award is made up of 12 monthly calls for entries – each judged by an industry leader with a wealth of experience and expertise. You can use your entry to submit to one or more of the open themes. Each month winning photographers receive online exposure, $2000 in cash prizes, and at the end of the year the winners are exhibited in shows in New York, Paris, Rome and Tokyo. This is the third month Life Framer is running and for this edition there's no clear lead as yet. Participants are free to in- vestigate everything, and to capture anything: landscapes, portraits, reportage, conceptual, personal documentary, travel; from spontaneous street moments to meticulous studio set-ups and everything in between. This month's judge is Kate- rina Stathopoulou, a curator at the Musuem of Modern Art (MoMA), having previously worked for the International Center of Photography. With a focus on contemporary photography, she curates MoMA's challenging and varied collection of renowned artwork, as well as sitting on award panels, and running portfolio reviews. The jury list includes Steve McCurry, David Alan Harvey, Simon Norfolk, Brian Paul Clamp, Katherine Matthews, Yumi and Masaru Goto, Wilfrid Estève, Lorenzo Vitturi, Alison Morley, Peter Funch, and Clément Saccomani. Collective comments are provided by Life Framer's guest critic team at the end of each month so that every photographer that submits can learn to curate their best work. The closing date for this month is 31 August. To find out more or enter the competition go to life-framer. com PHOTO: PEYTON FULFORD Hill opposite Acropolis transformed into ‘jungle’ by celebrated Argentinean artist ‘Summer of Love’ Marking 50 years since the cultural and social phenomenon which emerged in 1967 and sent ripples across the Western world in the 1960s and early 70s, the exhibition ‘Summer of Love’ curated by Katerina Gregou at Art Space Pythagorion, re-examines the ideals promoted by its proponents. Works on display are by Nicolas Kozakis, Raoul Vaneigem, Johan Grimponprez, Mikhail Karikis, Maetamm, Uriel Orlow and Marge Monko. The gallery is open daily. When: until 15 October Where: Art Space Pythagorion, Pythagorio Port, Samos, Greece Find out more at schwarzfoundation.com It is the first time Greek authorities have given permission for a major project to take place on an archaeological site The grounds of the Athens National Observatory have been turned into a 'jungle' by artist Adrian Villar Rojas as part of a campaign linking the Greek capital's historical and archaeological heritage with contemporary culture. Titled ‘The Theatre of Disappearance’, the impressive installation located on the Hill of the Nymphs opposite the Acropolis poses questions surrounding disappearance and extinction, along with the passage and volatility of time. Established in 1842, the observatory was the first research institution estab- lished in Greece and according to director Professor Manolis Pleionis, in recent years has been endeavouring to highlight the link between art and science. Known for his large-scale sculptural installations, Villar Rojas worked on the 4,500 square metre site for months. He sowed 46,000 plants of 26 species including watermelon, artichoke, and pumpkin, which over time started to grow and take over the hill, covering statues and will continue to grow and evolve through the exhibition, until it comes to an end on 24 September. Among the scenes on display are a replica of the Victory of Samothrace that lies horizontally, and one of NASA's unmanned space rovers that arrived on Mars in 2012 to assess if the planet has ever supported life. "What does it mean to have the soil beneath our feet?" is the question Villar Rojas poses to visitors. "I come from Argentina, where essentially soil is a means of production ... the strongest features of our national identity are our crops and cattle. "When I arrived in Greece, I immediately understood that for Greeks what is below their feet was as constitutive of their national identity as it is for Argentineans, but in a completely different way. What was beneath their feet was culture: thousands of years of human civilisations." Commissioned by not-forprofit organisation Greek NEON, it is the first time Greek authorities have permitted a major project to take place on an archaeological site. The installation is part of four separate exhibitions taking place across Europe and the US by Villa Rojas in 2017.
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