The exhibition is curated by the art historian Olga Latousaki, while Dimitris Lazarou is responsible for the concept, organization and communication of the exhibition.
The exhibition is presented in the emblematic environment of the Tsichritzis Foundation for the Visual Arts, 18 Kassaveti St, in Kifissia. The Foundation’s interior and exterior spaces help not only to portray the message of the exhibition but also to properly maintain the safety rules governing cultural events during this period.
A total of 31 contemporary artists are presenting paintings, sculptures and photographs, which refer to the life of strays, the difficulties and dangers, plus the transformation of strays when they find affection, care and love. The exhibition’s message can be taken further, by focusing also on the destruction of the environment as a whole, which is the natural habitat of many animals. The consequences of human intervention and indifference condemns many animals to be exposed to a stray and wandering life within their home which is Nature. What is taken for granted is the selfless love of an animal for man, which is also a manifestation of its very nature, when man approaches Nature with respect in general.
Art historian and curator of the exhibition Olga Latousaki points out in her text:
"In an economic and humanitarian crisis, in a society in which development is slow paced, one of the side effects is the frightening increase of stray animals on the streets of Greece. This effect shouldn’t be considered as collateral in any case. It is no coincidence, after all, that one of the key features of an orderly modern society is the sensitivity and correct behaviour towards animals, and in particular towards its strays. Most people are shocked to see neglected, sick and abused stray animals, but forget to associate these images with their own actions. Humans in most cases can be the creator of the problem, but at the same time they are also the ones who can reverse it. Parents, together with teachers, must help children to assimilate the right attitude towards animals. We seem to forget that a child’s "innocent game" of teasing an animal at an early age can easily turn into the attitude of an adult which will not hesitate to abuse an animal. So let's not confine our tenderness and affection to our social environment and loved ones. It is certain that a stray dog or a kitten that we found abandoned, will return to us tenfold the love and attention we will give it. Let a beautiful visit to our exhibition be the occasion for families and schools to combine the love for our four-legged friends with the value of art, that has been so underestimated in today's Greece. "
Participating artists: Anna Patrou, Cécile Balthazard, Georgio Babili, Elena Arsenidou, Thodoris Arfanis, Daphne Votanopoulou, Froso Vizovitou, Vivian Zotali, Elena Kalapothakou, Iakovos Kollaros, Giannis Korbos, Anna Kounadi, Niki Kiriaki, Efi Manou, Liza Vasilatou Merlin, Stavroula Mitzifiri MiSt, Ioanna Michopoulou, Valantia Moraitaki, Olga Xythali, Popi Palatianou, Marietta Papageorgiou, Angeliki Papakonstantinou, Chryssa Papachatzaki, Vicky Sarri, Panagiotis Sarris, Stella Sevastopoulos, Maria Stamati, Margarita Taliadorou, Eleni Tsotsorou, Olga Aikaterini Tsouri, Aristidis Chrysanthopoulos
Concept - Organization - Contact: Dimitris Lazarou - email: firstname.lastname@example.org // email@example.com
Curator: Olga Latousaki
Translations into English: Maria Syrri & Stella Sevastopoulos
Creative - Editing of publications: Sofia Papadopoulou
We thank the artist Stavroula Mitzifiri - Mist for her valuable help in designing the poster and the electronic invitation of the exhibition.
Exhibition duration: June 25 to July 25, 2020