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PREVENTION through ART

Aristidis Chrysanthopoulos, "And now.."
On Wednesday October 5th at 8 p.m., at Fokionos Negri 16, the Art Group Exhibition under the title “PREVENTION through ART” will be inaugurated. The exhibition is curated by Konstantinos Vafiadis and it will last until October 23rd.
October was established worldwide as “the month of prevention and awareness regarding breast cancer”. Breast cancer is a form of cancer that can be cured as long as it is detected at an early stage, making much more urgent the need of an early diagnosis.
Last October’s art project via internet is transformed into an Art Group Exhibition in which contemporary artists participate. Meanwhile Mr. Sotiris Felios presents from his art collection a work of the art painter Alexia Marouli.
The participant artists are:
Magda Apostolou // Konstantinos Vafiadis, // Anastasia Ginaki // Loukia Dragatsi // Angela Karalis // Penny Konstantinou // Vassiliki Bloukou // Aggeliki Bobori // Dimitris Pantazis // Giorgos Papadimitriou // Sofia Papadopoulou // Alexandra Petranaki // Sofia Stavrou // Maria Filippakopoulou //  Aristidis Chrysanthopoulos
The exhibition’s topic is accompanied by the thoughts of mr. Sotiris Felios, stated below:
Angela Karalis, "Concetration"
“You can’t tell the others to be courageous. I can tell that only to myself. But you can be close to the others and this is not excluded from being love and at the same time courage. Painting can offer emotion and sometimes it can lead us to magic – as it is defined - individually our heart’s desire or our spirit’s that can overrule logic”.
Dr. Konstantinos Vafiadis, Art historian, researcher of Athens University and artist himself notes:
“The Disease constitutes a painful experience but also a threat that doubts first and mainly every certainty. Nevertheless this threat has a revealing power at the philosophical but also at an experimental level. This happens because it portrays the truth of the world, the history and the personal and collective being. It also constitutes a tool for the redetermination of the individuality in space and time. Consequently the prevention of the disease shouldn’t be related to a system of precautionary medical examinations but to a redetermination of our being which can’t be conceived by rule. And it is true that art contributes to this even more effectively than any other spiritual activity.
A compilation of artworks exhibited in this catalogue measures itself with the fact of the Disease as a problem of our existence. Every painting looks like a gate through which the spectator enters a compact experimental space with reference to the threatening consequences of the Disease. At the same time the art exhibited here imposes the Disease as a life crisis. Its liberating power states once more that death doesn’t exist but only as a change of Names. Anyway art is Life and Life means an urge for the conquest of Truth and Truth is the conscience of our boundaries.
Every hindrance pain and illness tends to restrain the already limited and changeable boundaries at our life, co-intersecting our creative vision and action. Therefore the Disease demands above all action, as actions promote healing and restoration of the disturbed boundaries of our being.”
Maria Filippakopoulou, "Walk"
The exhibition has the protection of the Unesco of Arts, Speech and Sciences of Greece.
Their help and support offer,
AKOS, an urban and non profitering association dedicated to the struggle of cancer prevention but also to the provision of fundamental help to those who are cured from the disease,
Alma Zois (Life Jump), an all around Greece association for women who suffer from breast cancer. Their collage group presents two collage works,
“Vizakia sas filo (I kiss you Boobs)”, an internet group that supports women who are experiencing or have experienced cancer generally and mainly breast cancer through the sense of humor and creativity,
Women in Oncology, W40 Hellas, a pioneering, dynamic network of support, awareness and fundamental social contribution focusing on the woman – cancer patient,
Greek Anticancer Society,
K.E.F.I in Athens ( Cancer patients – Volunteers – Friends – Doctors) Association,
Mrs. Natasa Pazaiti, Scientific Director of Breast Unit in Athens Bioclinic, General Surgeon, specialized in Oncology and restoring breast surgery, MO, PhD, FEBS.
Loukia Dragatsi, Emotions part 1
During the exhibition the following events will take place:
“Emotional rescue” presented by the Armani Musical, Theater Center School. It will be held on Wednesday October 12th at 8p.m., a musical night of Hope and Love based on women’s voices and familiar songs performed by women.
“Medicine and Art, an encounter full of surprises”, a lecture by Dr. Despina Katsohi, Aktinologist – Oncologist, President of AKOS, on Wednesday October 19th at 7:30 p.m.

Exhibition’s Curator: Konstantinos Vafiadis
Organization – Communication: Dimitris Lazarou
Videos and Radio spot supervisor: Tasos Petsas
Supervisor of Television spot: George Liosis
An instrumental composition “ANNA, mother of mine”, Tasos Petsas feat. Thespina Music accompanies musical videos and spots. It is created by Tasos Petsas and it dedicated to his mother who “left” struck by breast cancer.
Press release was translated in English by mrs. Maria Sirri
Facebook link: Facebook.com/events
Exhibition’s Video Preview: youtube.com


GENERAL INFORMATION
Inauguration date: Wednesday 5th of October, 8 p.m.
Exhibition’s duration: 5 – 23 October 2016
Admission days and hours:
Wednesday to Friday: 6 p.m. till 9 p.m.
Saturday: 12p.m. till 8 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. till 3 p.m.
Admission is FREE.


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