Naxos Festival, Greece.
June 18th – September 25th 2016.
Daily 10.00 – 17.00.
Every summer through the exhibitions, music, dance and theatrical performances, the coexistence of international artists and modern artistic current, the Naxos Festival becomes a place for multicultural meetings and special productions, revealing Naxos Island as a perfect place for vacation.
Primordial myths had an indisputable importance in the cohesive development of human society. It follows that there is necessity of creating new myths compatible with new circumstances and expectations of modern society. The extensive influence of art is a modern myth which prevails in the great metropolises and their emblematic museums, in the renowned art galleries and the world’s art market. These are not the limits any longer. Even though the participating artists of ‘NEW MYTHOLOGIES’ are from smaller countries on the fringe of Europe they have become citizens of the world as they and their works have travelled to every continent. However the power of contemporary art rests in freedom of travel and dialogue and to ultimately create a recognizable global communication code based on aesthete rules, innovative creativity and multi-cultural coexistence.
This year, as a part of Naxos Festival at the Bazeos tower, six international artists, Mireya Samper and Kristjana Samperfrom Iceland, Saulius Valius and Diana Radaviciute from Lithuania, Dimitris Dimitriadis and Klaus Pfeiffer from Greece, portray through a variety of expressive media -text, painting, sculpture, video, installations in situ- new mythologies seeking to reveal the dynamic in the projection of ideas hidden within us. An alternative way for us to comprehend the collective unconscious, as expressed through the myths and their modern perspective.
Mireya Samper (b. 1964) graduated with DNSEP (Diplome National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique) from Ecole d’Art de Luminy, Marseille 1993 after she studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts. As a creator of installations her work supersedes the identity as sculptor or painter, working parallel in two and three dimensions for museums or in-situ. With ease she creates poetical, minimal works that are either ephemeral or carved in stone. Pulling together prima matera into concepts of time and space her oeuvres create connections between the natural elements of water, light, wind, stone and consciousness.