September 4, 2017
“DreamLand, INVISIBLE CITIES”
4 – 18 of September 2017
Opening Reception September 7th, 7-10pm
Vasiliki Kappa ’s Invisible Cities, a title initially inspired by Italo Calvino, are a series of paintings that started coming to life in 1998. Since then the artist is continually working on the very same idea. Featuring the imaginative space through the magic of the rich colors the specific works, embossed cities on canvas, are the most elaborate works of the series, so far, created in new ways that give the viewer the illusion that holds a real piece of land in his hands, a miniature filled with the sea, the sky, the houses and the ground. They were presented to the audience for the first time in 2002 in a Solo Exhibition in Athens and soon became her most popular series of artworks. Meanwhile the artist has held several exhibitions in Greece, Germany, Cyprus, USA and during the last three years her Cities have been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Helsinki and many cities in Finland, with great success attracting thousands of visitors. In 2014 she has also published a book titled “Take a trip to the Invisible Cities”, a poetic narration written in English, which was the result of a creative meeting with the well-known director, Christos Karakasis, who asked her to write the narration for a series of documentaries titled “Take a Trip”, featuring major cities of the world. Vasiliki Kappa, accepted, since she had been writing, in parallel, on the City Idea since she started creating the Invisible Cities. Thus this book was published and later partly translated into Swedish by the famous writer Carita Nystrom.
Placed on the Landscape, villages and cities seem fragile. I always felt that if I closed my eyes they would disappear as if they’d never been there. Everywhere under the ground hidden remnants of ancient buildings. Past cities were more than buildings they were living organisms. Settlements and ruins, fables and heroes… hidden mysteries. From antiquity till now the very same vibration. My Invisible Cities belong to the world and to those who keep alive the memory of past cities. Invisible Cities have two faces: one obvious, one hidden. All these tiny houses are trying hard to stay together; otherwise the chromatic wildness around them would swallow them. I paint them as I remember them, I purify them from any realistic detail, trying to create a short chromatic summary of each place and reproduce the feeling you get when you see it for the first time. All paintings are based on real places that I have visited. Τhe viewer is free to find his own cities behind them.”
Vasiliki Kappa, born and raised in Toronto, is a cross-over artist currently living and working in Athens. She studied painting and also holds a master’s degree in Digital Arts. She also holds a bachelor degree in Film direction, in Ancient Greek literature and linguistics, in Acting and in Opera Singing as well as a diploma in alternative psychology. As a visual artist she brings together a variety of ways, ranging from painting to filmmaking, animation and video art. She held more than 20 solo exhibitions in Greece, Germany, Finland and participated in group exhibitions around Europe and USA. Apart from an artist she is also a recognized novelist, registered by literary critics as one of the most interesting voices in contemporary literature. Her first book “The hyena’s diet” was officially nominated for a State Prize novel. Her work as a multiple artist gave her the opportunity for constant experimentation. In 2010 she was the main host and presenter of a TV cultural show opening a dialogue with well-known artists in a strictly artistic semantic context (Blow-Up). She is one of the founders and the producer of Athens International Digital Film Festival (AIDFF).
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