TheFrances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts (FRSFPA) of Deree – The American College of Greece is pleased to present the exhibition Rag to Rich, curated by invited artist, curator and founding director of the Athens Biennale, Poka-Yio. The exhibition is part of the Arts Festival organized by the FRSFPA. The opening of the exhibition will take place March 20, 18:00 – 22:00, at the ACG Art Gallery.
Participating artists: 2WO+1NE=2, Accidental Queens, ActiVista, Loukia Alavanou, Eliza Alexandropoulou, Margarita Bofiliou, Anastasia Douka, Dora Economou, Georgia Fambris, Marina Gioti, Florence Jung, Demi Kaia, Eleni Kamma, Irini Karayannopoulou, Em Kei, Laur M, Marianne Maric, Rilène Markopoulou, Dawn Nilo, Patriarchy, Maria Polyzoidou, Frances Rich, Despina Sevasti, VV, Amalia Vekri, Eva Vretzaki.
“An anonymous female subject on the journey of self-realization in times of anger and revolt. How do you find your place in a crumbling world of male dominance? Is it worth even trying for change or would it be better to reset? ‘Ungeschehenmachen’, the Freudian un-doing in this case is suggested only by the choice of female artists. Each one of these female artists-actors provides nothing more than the testimonials of her practice yet each one of them could also be seen as the protagonist of this fiction exhibition. The thematic premise of the show has been inspired by the actress-turned-sculptress Frances Rich, after which the American College of Greece has named its school of Fine and Performing Arts after an endowment and the donation of her personal art collection. Rag to Rich adds a twist to the narrative of Rags to Riches, or ascending the economic and social ladder, reversing it into the Fall from Grace, Riches to Rags narrative. The trajectory of the existential path is in this case more like the descending of Persephone into the underworld or the revolt of Antigone against authority. If she lived today she could be channeling her energy in long clubbing nights, leading a demonstration, speaking out on the social media or fighting back in a male dominated corporate world.
A rag in the face feels like a fist in the face.”
Rag to Rich reflects upon alternative physical and spatial possibilities and questions predetermined structural limits, inviting us to review them as points of mediation and negotiation. An essential part of this exhibition is to act and expand through episodic events and spatial interventions, starting at the entrance point of Deree and culminating at the ACG gallery. Rag to Rich brings together works and new commissions by contemporary female artists, intertwined with a selection of pieces and mementos of the estate of artist Frances Rich, and is supplemented by the collaboration of the students of the Art History and Visual Arts programs of FRSFPA.
Rag to Rich
Opening: March 20, 18:00 – 22:00
ACG Art Gallery – The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street, Aghia Paraskevi
Duration: 20 March – 24 April 2018
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 14:00 – 18:00, Sat: 12:00 – 16:00
The gallery will be closed during Easter recess: March 31-April 15
For more information contact Ms. Niki Kladakis at 210 600 9800 (ext.1456), from 9:00 – 16:00, or at [email protected]