The exhibition, “Art: Key to Conflict Resolution,” will open July 17, 2019, at the Serafio Space in Athens, and run through July 31, 2019. Its theme is based on a new book, Can Art Aid in Resolving Conflicts? (Frame Publishers, 2018), which features many of the artists in the exhibit and will be launched in Greece with the exhibition.
Some of the artists from the book, included in the Athens exhibition are activist and multimedia artist Wu Yuren from China, renowned journalist, author and activist Asra Q. Nomani from the United States and media artists Daniel Landau and Ron Amir from Israel, among the 24 artists.
To extend the book’s conversation to Greece, the exhibition features several artists from Greece and Cyprus, including: visual artist and documentary filmmaker Eva Stefani, one of Greece’s representative artist to Venice Biennale 2019; audiovisual artist Eleni Fotiadou; artist Melina Shukuroglou; artist Vicky Pericleous; and artist Efi Savvides.
To mark the exhibition’s opening on July 17, several international specialists and museum leaders will discuss the role of arts in conflict resolution in a panel event at the Benaki/Pireos Museum Amphitheater in downtown Athens, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Following the panel, the exhibition will open with a reception from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., next door at Serafio Space on Pireos and Petrou Ralli. The exhibition is being promoted with a social media campaign, #ConflictAndArt.
The book, Can Art Aid in Resolving Conflicts, is a collaboration between Professor Noam Lemelshtrich Latar, Founding Dean of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at המרכז הבינתחומי הרצליה - IDC Herzliya in Israel, Jerry Wind, Lauder Professor and Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Ornat Lev-Er, an art historian at IDC Herzliya.
Artists participating in the exhibition: Ron Amir -- A professor and photographer, born in Israel and living in Tel Aviv, Israel. Marconi Calindas -- A painter, born in the Philippines and living in San Francisco. Fyerool Darma -- An artist, born and living in Singapore. Vasia Deliyianni -- A curator and art educator, born in Greece, living in Washington, D.C. Eleni Fotiadou -- A scientist and artist, living in Thessaloniki, Greece. Dor Guez -- A photographer and professor, born in Baka, Jerusalem and living in Jaffa, Israel. Maria Karametou -- A professor and mixed media artist, born in Greece and living in the U.S.. Yuri Krasny -- An artist and educator, born in Ukraine and living in Israel. Dania Latar -- A painter, born in Israel and living in Tel Aviv. Daniel Landau -- A media artist and professor, born in Israel and living in Herzliya, Israel Esther Mahlangu -- A painter born and living in South Africa, from the Ndebele people. Nelson Mandela -- The former president of South Africa, born in the village of Mvezo. Asra Q. Nomani -- A journalist, born in India, living in the United States. Valerio Rocco Orlando -- An artist, born in Milan, working in Italy. Karen Patterson -- A photographer, born and working in Calgary, Canada. Vicky Pericleous -- Visual artist and Assistant professor in Frederick University, Nicosia Efi Savvides -- An artist and educator, born and living in Cyprus. Weili Shi -- An artist and multimedia designer and developer, born in China and living in New York City. Melina Shukuroglou -- An artist born and living in Cyprus. Stephen Spyropoulos --An artist and interactive designer, born and living in the United States. Theodore Spyropoulos --An architect and educator, born in the U.S. and living in the United Kingdom. Eva Stefani -- A filmmaker and educator, born in the U.S. and living in Athens, Greece. Wu Yuren -- A multimedia artist and activist, born in Changzhou, China, and living in New York City. Thoufeek Zakriya -- A calligrapher, born in India and living in Dubai.