The artist-run spaces Kling & Bang and A – DASH present the initial phase of the bilateral visual art festival HEAD2HEAD taking place in Athens on the 5, 6 and 7 November 2021. The festival collaborates with 12 artist-run spaces all over central Athens in showcasing the works of 45 Greek and Iceland based artists. The exhibitions mark the initial phase of the bilateral project that will also take place in Reykjavík in 2023.
About Head 2 Head
The bilateral exhibition project Head2Head connects the two dynamic and ever-expanding visual art scenes of Athens and Reykjavik. The project aspires to connect artists and artist-run venues in both cities, building bridges and networks through an artistic dialog and exhibition exchange.
The driving force of these two art scenes is their artist-run community. Both Athens and Reykjavík have an astounding amount of artist-run initiatives and exhibition spaces that fuel their dynamic and vibrant art scenes. This distinct culture is not typical in a global context and should be celebrated. Thus the artist-run exhibition space A- DASH (GR) is teaming up with the 18 year old artist-run exhibition space Kling & Bang (ICE) to connect the two artist- run scenes and create this bilateral-exhibition project, connecting and strengthening the relationships between the two cities and their art scenes. The spaces taking part in Athens in November are: ΎΛΗ[matter]HYLE, Stoa42, KEIV, Backspace, PS:Communitism, One Minute Space, Sunday Narratives (FAC), Eight/To ΟΧΤΩ , 3 137, Space52, Stoa42 and Zoetrope.
OPENING WEEKEND 5, 6 AND 7 NOVEMBER 2021
The highlight of HEAD2HEAD 2021 is the opening weekend 5 – 7th November. The exhibition area has been divided according to the neighbourhoods Keramikos, Omonia, Exarchia and Kypseli, giving visitors the chance to attend openings and performances within walking distance of each other. A detailed description can be found below.
THE EXHIBITING ARTISTS IN ATHENS 2021
The artists exhibiting have been chosen in cooperation between the participating spaces and the project coordinators, showcasing a great variety of practices, aesthetics and mediums. The artists exhibiting are:
Almar Atlason, Alexandra Saliba, Andreas Brunner, Anastasis Palagis Meletis, Anna Papathanasiou, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Eleni Papazoglou, Elísabet Brynhildardóttir, Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Erica Scourti, Eva Ísleifs, Florence Lam, Giorgos Tserionis, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson, Konstantinos Kotsis, Konstantinos Yiotis, Kosmas Nikolaou, Logi Leó Gunnarsson, Marina Velisioti, Nikulás Stefán Nikulásson, Petros Papanas, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rakel McMahon, Rebecca Erin Moran, Sara Riel, Selma Hreggviðsdóttir, Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson, Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson, Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir, Sigurður Ámundason, Una Margrét Árnadóttir, Una Björg Magnúsdóttir, Ólöf Helga Helgadóttir, Örn Alexander Ámundason, Vasilis Zarifopoulos, Vassilis Noulas and Kostas Tzimoulis (VASKOS), Yorgia Karidi and Yorgos Yatromanolakis.
HEAD 2 HEAD REYKJAVÍK 2023
The second phase of the project will take place in Reykjavík in 2023 with a parallel exhibition program in various artist-run exhibition spaces in Reykjavík bringing Greek artists to Iceland and connecting them with the local art scene, artists and venues.