Exhibition Opening: The Root at Amphicar Studio

Updated: Oct 25



Curated by Foteini Vergidou


Opening: Friday 06 May, 18:00 – 23:00


Venue: Amphicar Studio, 7 Ekatis Str., Galatsi, Athens

Duration: 06 May – 15 May 2022

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 18:00 – 22:00 & Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 – 20:00


Participating Artists:


!Mediengruppe Bitnik, Angelos Akrida, Natalia Astraea, Margarita Athanasiou, Pirro Caridha, Jean-Damien Charmoille, Maria Diamantidou, Charlotte Eifler, Kyriaki Goni*, Tatiana Kallergi, Iasonas Kampanis, Anton Kats, Peggy Kliafa, Marilia Kolibiri, Danai Nikolaidi-Kotsaki, The Krank, Maria Mavropoulou, Yorgos Papafigos & Kostis Spanopoulos, RIZOM Athens (Grigoris Myrgiotis, Thalia Paraskeva, Vincent Theunissen), Molly Soda**, Kyvèli Zoi Stenou, Iakovos Volkov, Dimitra Zervou


The group exhibition The Root explores the formation and development of underground networks as well as the importance of connectivity in the city, the environment, technology, personal experience and art. The participating artists focus on unexpected places and use different media to share their stories around sub-surfaced webs and unseen worlds.


The works on view reflect the way Amphicar's resident artists operate in the studio space; they form a network, where each node connects with the other ones around it. The exhibition develops without a focal point or a linear narrative. Therefore, the connections formed between human and non-human networks are unexpected, heterogeneous and yet equal.


What could be the link between urban foundations, memory and intimate experience? Can we imagine new ways we could interact with nature? Where does technology stand in a reality that becomes exponentially immaterial?


If we take a look outside ourselves, we encounter contemporary architecture and urban planning, forces that define the pace of everyday life and the way citizens navigate the city. Tree roots generate an underground network of the urban web, inviting us to reevaluate our relationship with nature. However, the ecological footprint of a collapsing world as well as the techno-fossils that are being created, reflect current events, while leading us potentially into a new geological era.


Accelerating technological development and our constant interaction with the Internet define new behaviors and allow, through our senses, the embodiment of intangible experiences. At the same time, underneath the surface of the web accessed daily by millions, lies the dark web, allowing information decentralization and user anonymity.


The artists experiment with even smaller worlds, shifting from the material to the immaterial, from the permanent to the ephemeral and finally from the body to the psyche. There, archetypal symbols, memories, instincts and subconscious truths are unraveled through artistic practice and expressed with a variety of tools and materials.


Through installations, paintings, video and web-based works, digital prints, murals and sculptures, the exhibition The Root invites us to consider our own place within these networks and to imagine new ways of navigating the spaces that lie under the surface.



The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
!Mediengruppe Bitnik, Random Darknet Shopper, 2014 - 2014, Full HD film, film still, Courtesy of the Artists

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Angelos Akrida, K1, 2022, Installation with ceramics & concrete, 100 x 80 cm, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Natalia Astraea,Woman &her Symbols,2022,Cave painting with acrylics and light,Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Pirro Caridha, therealdennnis88, 2022, Digital print on PVC & aluminium, Variable Dimensions, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Margarita Athanasiou, The Lost Princess, 2017, Video Essay, Video still, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Jean-Damien Charmoille, Υγεία, 2022, Oil on canvas, 80x60 cm, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Maria Diamantidou, Missing Parts, 2022, Installation with mixed media, Variable Dimensions, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Charlotte Eifler, the pattern thieves, 2021, HD film, film still, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Kyriaki Goni, Data Garden, 2020, HD film, film still, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Tatiana Kallergi, Ripples, 2022, Rug from wool blend yarn, 125 x 120 cm, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Iasonas Kampanis, Νatural or Synthetic Rubber Gloves, 2018, Acrylics on canvas, 100 x 220 cm, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Anton Kats, For A Walk With, 2016, HD Film, film still, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Peggy Kliafa,CUBE TOWERISOFT “ANTI STRESS” PILLS,2021,Installation, Plexiglass,fabric&filler,Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Marilia Kolibiri, Check the Offers, 2022, Oil and oil stick on canvas, 200 x 170 cm, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Danai Nikolaidi-Kotsaki, Underground Space, 2015, Digital print, 60 x 80 cm, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
The Krank, Cloud, 2022, Mural with acrylics, Variable Dimensions, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Maria Mavropoulou, Untitled (youporn) detail, from the Tears Spit & Cum series,2020, Digital Ph, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Yorgos Papafigos, Kostis Spanopoulos, Post-Removal, 2021, CGI 4K Film, film still, Courtesy of the Artists

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
RIZOM Athens, 土神,2022,In-situ Installation,tree branches, soil, moss, clay, rope, Courtesy of the Artists

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Molly Soda, Reward, 2020, Interactive Website, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Kyveli Zoi-Stenou, Phone Addiction, 2021, Oil on raw linen, 35 x 45 cm, Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Iakovos Volkov,Man on Earth,2022,Installation with plastic food wraps & plastic bags from Greece,Courtesy of the Artist

The Root, Foteini Vergidou, Amphicar Studio, Ferocious Urbanites
Dimitra Zervou, Small Society Underwear, 2022, Installation from concrete on fabric,Courtesy of the Artist

CREDITS:


Exhibition Designer Athina Tsigarida

Art Direction Eleni Simantiraki

Press & Publicity Yorgos Katsonis

Audiovisual Design Constantine Nisidis


* Kyriaki Goni’s work is part of her Data Garden installation and is commissioned and produced by Stegi Onassis Foundation


** Molly Soda’s work is commissioned by Stegi Onassis Foundation and curated by NEW INC