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apexart :: Slower, Smaller, Weaker :: Giorgos Nikas and Alexandra Streshna
apexart - Athens, Greece
Slower, Smaller, Weaker
organized by Giorgos Nikas and Alexandra Streshna

May 13 - June 9, 2018

Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 1, 12-12 am

An Open Call exhibition
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Konstantinou Kenteri

Marilena Aligizaki, The Game, 2016
The project's title Slower, Smaller, Weaker is derived from the inverted Olympic Motto and is charged with contradictory meanings. On one hand, it signifies the current economic and social downslope and deteriorating conditions of contemporary Greek society, on the other hand it is allegorical and indicates the need for evaluation and reflection on what profit and competition driven systems do.

Artists are invited to produce new works for the project that will take place in the Olympic Village of Athens – a symbol of failure of many existing national hopes and values, suggesting at the same time positive encouragement and outlook on ways of functioning in inhabited spaces and communities. Slower, Smaller, Weaker aims to create a platform for discussion and collaboration, and invites artists and filmmakers to mobilize multiple Village spaces by creating conditions for encounters and communication, and by re-activating extroversion in an un-eventful place.

Giorgos Nikas (b. 1978, Athens) is a visual artist based in Athens. He studied Conservation of Antiquities at TEI of Athens and painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts. His practice includes painting, installations, and public interventions.

Alexandra Streshna (b. 1987, Lviv, Ukraine) is an Athens-based painter and independent curator. Instrumentalization of historical testimony, artificiality of fundamental truths, and the process of myth-making are some of the recurring themes in her practice. She studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts and received a master's degree in fine art from Central Saint Martins, London.

apexart's programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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