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Art Exhibition: “Keep on Keeping on. A visual meta-collection”

The American College of Greece is pleased to present the exhibition “Keep on Keeping on. A visual meta-collection,” curated by Evita Tsokanta, invited independent curator. The exhibition is part of this year’s Arts Festival, an annual event organized by the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts at Deree. The opening of the exhibition will take place on Friday, March 3, 18:00–22:00, at the ACG Art Gallery.

A group exhibition featuring works by
Alexis Akrithakis, Minos Argyrakis, Joseph Beuys, Charles Bukowski, Giannis Gaitis, Konstantinos Dagritzikos, Ceal Floyer, Theodoros, Alexia Karavela, Victoria Karvouni, Yannis Kottis, Nikos Koundouros, , Marijn van Kreij, Jannis Maillis, Frosso Michalea, Yiannis Mouravas, Constantin Xenakis, Vasilis Papageorgiou Vassilis Papageorgiou, Nektarios Pappas, Dimosthenis Patridis, Aliki Sapountzi, Jeanne Spiteris-Veropoulou, Alekos Fasianos, Vasilis Fotopoulos

“Keep on Keeping” on consists of a selection of historical works and artefacts of the ACG collection alongside recent works by young Greek and international artists, including new commissions and finally the outcome of collaborations with senior students of the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts.

The multifaceted ACG collection has been created through time by a series of donations and acquisitions, under the aegis of different people of possibly opposing agendas, marked by various aesthetics. By juxtaposing selected works of the collection with a number of contemporary artworks, through curatorial gestures that gently balance the absurd and the poetic, “Keep on Keeping on” reveals hidden connections as seen through the prism of today’s knowledge, and demonstrates the obscure unity of a contemporary art collection: the ecumenical anthropocentric element.

The exhibition attempts to expand preconceived perceptions of visual language, both in terms of the artwork as well as the framework of the contemporary art exhibition itself. By exhibiting seemingly random objects together, the sense of the unexpected is provoked. The viewer’s gaze is forced into a state of willing suspension of disbelief, and urged to deconstruct anew the purpose, meaning, and symbolic value of each exhibit.

“Keep on Keeping on” acts as an encouragement to reassess the authority that determines artistic value. By demonstrating the many sources and numerous vocabularies by which art can and is produced, it becomes the object of universal assertion. Ultimately, it argues for a reclaiming of one’s power to speak about oneself, while embracing the possibility of the proverbial failure as an essential element of self-definition. This ode to the self-referential hopes to motivate and enable the subject to actively participate not only in the appreciation, but even in the development of artistic content.

It’s an exhibition about making an exhibition, about producing and consuming art, about acceptance of organic human evolution and, ultimately, about recognizing the universal drive of creativity in every aspect of life. As Henry Miller stated, “To make living itself an art, that is the goal.”

“Keep on Keeping on. A visual meta-collection”

Opening: Friday, March 3, 18:00–22:00

ACG Art Gallery – The American College of Greece 6 Gravias Street, Aghia Paraskevi

Duration and Opening hours

Friday, March 3 – Monday, April 10 2017 Mon-Fri: 14:00–18:00, Sat: 12:00–16:00

The event page can be found here. For more information, please contact Niki Kladakis at 210 600 9800 ext. 1456 (09:00–16:00) or at fineperformingarts@acg.edu

Keep on keeping on

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Men’s Soccer – Sklavenitis vs Deree (5-2)

The MEN’S SOCCER team played a tough match Tuesday night against SKLAVENITIS for the Commercial League Championship. Despite their strong and energetic start with a 2-2 score in the first half, the second half was a big challenge for Deree after a team member was suspended for his second yellow card. The game ended with a score of 5-2.

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Open Dialogue on Migration & the Refugee Crisis

On Tuesday, February 7, a discussion on the refugee and immigration crisis in Europe took place at Deree, in the context of the international workshop ALIEN Project LivingLab#2. The event was organized by the Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs – Office of Public Affairs at The American College of Greece, in cooperation with the EUMIGRO Project, and the International Business Department at Deree.

The discussion aimed to open a dialogue on one of the pressing issues of migration and the refugee crisis, with speakers from the international academic community and NGOs, as well as the Deputy Minister for Migration Policy, Yiannis Balafas.

The event aimed to link the academic community – students and professors from Greece and abroad – with their direct stakeholders and promote a constructive dialogue on this key issue.

Minister Yiannis Balafas delivered the opening speech in which he presented data on the current refugee situation, stating that 36 camps are operating in the Greek mainland, hosting 500-600 people each. He noted that the number of incoming refugees has dropped significantly since the agreement between the European Union and Turkey, and that significant efforts are being made to strengthen the Asylum Office and decompress the situation on the islands. Finally, Mr. Balafas stressed that violence and walls are not the solution. He stated that, “Democratic Europe must find a solution satisfying for all parts involved, and especially for the refugees”, adding that “Bridges maybe harder to build than walls, but they are far more effective.”

A panel discussion followed, coordinated by Dr. Anna Visvizi, Assistant Professor at Deree, economist, and political scientist. Deputy Mayor of Athens, Lefteris Papagiannakis, specializing in immigrant and refugee issues, and Martha Roussou from OXFAΜ, talked about the close cooperation of the public bodies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), while they stressed the need to support NGOs, now a valuable ally of the Greek state in the humanitarian crisis management.

With refugee integration as the main axis of the discussion, Dr. Eliades, Advisor to the Vice Chair of Defence and International Relations at the Hellenic Parliament, said that changing mentality is a two-way process – both from the part of the refugees and from the host country’s residents. Dr. Christianna Leahy, Professor of Comparative Politics at McDaniel College, USA, spoke about the crisis from an International Law standpoint and raised the issue of the wall-building on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that this is unthinkable to most Americans, as the U.S. are in their majority a nation of immigrants. Dr. Marta Pachocka, Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics and Coordinator of the EUMIGRO Project, stressed the need for a joint European policy to tackle the humanitarian crisis; the discussion also revolved around questions touching upon solidarity, humanitarian law and the need for co-ordinated efforts from different bodies.

Following the discussion, and under the supervision of the speakers, groups of students discussed and proposed solutions on specific topics. Developing an educational framework to address islamophobia, educating the public on the integration process, taking individual actions in support of refugee rights, were some of the topics on the agenda.

Similar events are organized on a weekly basis by the Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs (IDGA), in order to promote the exchange of knowledge and foster an open dialogue on current issues of international relations.