RETHYMNO.- On 15 April 2016, the Morfes Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chania - Olivepress initiate the group art exhibition of contemporary art “Welcome - The European Hospitality and its Borders” curated by the Art Historian and Exhibition Curator Megakles Rogakos under the Interdisciplinary-Artistic Symposium “The Human Body and Experience in Times of Contemporary Crisis in Terms of Science and Art” to be held on 16 & 17 June 2016 as the individual action of the International Conference “The Cultural-Historical and Sociocultural Research in Times of Contemporary Crisis: Implications for Education and Human Development” to be held in Rethymno from 16 to 20 June 2016.
The theme of the Welcome exhibition is timely and sensitive. Rogakos selects, documents and presents 33 artists with an equal number of works on the central theme of hospitality and immigration in Europe. The majority of works are created especially for the exhibition, and each artist uses her/his special vocabulary to respond to the idea of hosting and immigration, covering the topic from different angles. The works are inspired in response to the special tradition of hospitality in Greece, and express sensitively and critically the human distress of immigration.
The 32 participating artists are Hariton Bekiaris, Lamprini Boviatsou, Konstantin Fischer, Dionisis Fragias, Cris Gianakos, Nikos Giavropoulos, Elli Griva, Lydia Dambassina, John Dialinos, Lena Dimova, Antigone Kavvatha, Michalis Kalaitzakis, Nikos Kryonidis, Alexandros Manganiotis, Yannis P. Markantonakis, Dimitris Merantzas, Alkistis Michaelidou, Maria Michelogianni, Nicholas Moore, Eleni Mylonas, Barbara Knight, Antonia Papatzanaki, Eleni Pavlopoulou, Marina Provatidou, Natassa Poulantza, Miranda Skylouraki, Rena Stollenverk, George Tserionis, Sofia Vlazaki, Alexander Voutsas, Petros Xenakis, and Mariva Zacharof.