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

Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp

(c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
Stilponos 7 - Episodes in Matter, 1979
Installation , 66 x 100 cm & 71 x 100 cm & 100 x 99 cm & 88 x 116 cm
pencil on 4 detached wall surfaces and 17 photographs from the process

As with the sheet metal, doors, planks and other fragments from the city, which Rena Papaspyrou amasses in her work, in Stilponos 7 – Episodes in Matter, she presents the viewer with wall sections from a derelict pre-war house in Pangrati. With the use of only a soft lead pencil, she emphasizes the surface’s tonal variations, thus allowing the viewer to discover “episodes” - in other words images already ingrained in the surface by material imperfection and arbitrary damage from the passing of time – transporting them into a visual microcosm full of images and narratives.

Stilponos 7 – Episodes in Matter, comprised the nucleus of the exhibition-performance which the artist realised in 1979, during which she projected slides of her works on a building’s façade, which had been created from its very own walls, and which were now installed in the Desmos gallery. In front of the invited public, the artist completed the creative act by realising another wall detachment which was then transferred to the exhibition space. Via this parallel transposition from the exhibition space to the urban space and vice versa, the artist presents to the public the realm of the city as the place of origin and realisation of her art but she also thus discloses her artistic gaze: an ambiguous and tactile way of seeing which is conveyed to the viewer as a hallucinatory experience.

- Stamatis Schizakis