The exhibitions Urgent Conversations: Athens–Antwerp and Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens are a collaboration between EMST and M HKA, a theoretical and visual dialogue, based on works from the collections of both museums, which includes more than 70 works structured in 22 topics.   

28.04.2017 - 07.01.2018        

M HKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen - Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen

EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art - Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str., Athens 11743

Fluid Body

Mylonas untitled2 (c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
Untitled #2, 2013
Print , 195 x 145 cm
digital print on archival paper

"The inspiration for these works came from a series of news photos of the improvised helmets worn by the Arab Spring demonstrators that I encountered online. The inventive home-made protective head gear so captivated me that I made a series of graphite drawings followed by a series of paintings based on the photos, identifying with the demonstrators but also with the photographers in the field. Eventually I was compelled to emulate the protestors by placing a variety of objects upon my own head, an array of plastic detritus salvaged from the littered beaches near my house. I morphed into personalities dictated by those objects, shattering preconceptions with humor and respect. Blown up to approximately six feet my head is further abstracted, as if to emphasize that the function of my presence is simply to act as a ground across which a parade of other identities can be glimpsed. The series culminated in the Delalis video performance which celebrates Everyman."

— Eleni Mylonas