While two exhibitions in the city present contemporary Greek art, the themes of oppression and urbanscapes are universal
Back home in Greece, Frosso Vizovitou is an active member of the Greek-Indian Association. “We focus on sharing ideas and cultural exchange between the two nations,” says the self-taught artist, who has been preoccupied with contemporary issues. For her maiden exhibition in India, she dwells on issues concerning women. Painted with the word “Aurat”, her acrylic on paper (see above pic) at the Lalit Kala Akademi projects Greek torsos among others. “These are ancient idols that I’m using to portray the oppression of women, how they are not able to express their feelings and might be conscious of their body,” she says.
Vizovitou is the only artist, among the 18 Greek artists at the exhibition, who has travelled to India. Titled “Sketbe-Greece”, the show curated by Sangeeta Gupta, has on display everyday objects and popular ancient Greek sculptures, wall murals and urban cityscapes. “Greece is a fascinating country and we’ve heard and read about its beauty as children, I thought it’ll be nice to look at the beauty of its contemporary world as well,” says Gupta.
The exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, Ferozshah Road, is on till August 1.
It looks like a piece of wall that has been broken off and framed in glass, a wall with graffiti on it. One can just about read the word “react” written with a bold stencil-like effect. Through the many layers of watercolours, Greek artist George Politis makes a statement on the current state of affairs. Thessaloniki-based Politis is one of the artists whose work is on display at an exhibition called “Selas” in Triveni Kala Sangam. Showcasing with him are three more artists from Greece — Ioannis Monogyios, Maria Papatzelou, and Froso Vizovitou.
The show is organised by the Greek Embassy in India, in association with the Indo-Hellenic Society for Culture and Development. While the intent was to introduce an Indian audience to contemporary Greek art, many of the concepts echo Indian concerns too. While Monogyios works with ceramics and visual-art constructions, Politis prefers water-based media for transparent and luminous results. President of SKETBE (Association of Visual Artists of Northern Greece), Politis says, “The graffiti series has to do with fragments of walls, showing torn posters, and tags. It delivers a contemporary message of agony, and people reacting to universal problems.”
The show is on at Triveni Kala Sangam, Building No. 205, Tansen Marg, till July 31.