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

The Space of Grounded Imagination

(c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
News from Nowhere, 2016
Collage , variable dimensions

Maria Papadimitriou presents a new work cycle which is based on the appropriation of pre-existing material. It entails a series of collages based on postcards which Reneé  Bourguignon had received from various friends and relatives during the decade of 1947-57, at the address of 8 Rue Colette, 17th district of Paris. In the beginning the cards were addressed to Mademoiselle Reneé, but from 1952 and after, Reneé  becomes a Madame, signifying in this way a change in the way she defines herself and the female fantasy. In these collages, the artist converses with the fragmentary traces of this disrupted communication, creating in this way a series of “imaginary landscapes”. These landscapes are like undelivered postcards, combining different places and forms and aiming towards a double act of installing-uninstalling – an act which transforms the identities and multiplies the vanishing lines which extend to nowhere in the world.  The title of the work is based on William Morris’s book ‘Road to Nowhere’ (1890) and on a text by the artist’s colleague, architect and curator Yorgos Tzirtzilakis.