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Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery

Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery

This next exhibition is very special to me because it involves the work of five dear friends of mine. Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou, Evangelie Dimitriou, Myrto Prokopiou, Kyriaki Panagi and Maro Vasiliadou were my classmates at Anastasia Kandaraki’s Anamma Seminars of Contemporary Jewellery for almost three years now and I’m very proud to present their last year’s project.

Eleni Marneri Gallery is right next to the Acropolis Metro station in Athens. If you walk around, you may come by Porinou street, where a couple of cute bars and restaurants are situated.

Porinou street near Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Porinou street near Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Porinou street near Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Porinou street near Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Microcosmoi Exhibition at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Microcosmoi Exhibition at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Microcosmoi Exhibition at Eleni Marneri Gallery. The gallery is situated near Acropolis. Under the glass floor you can see a part of the ancient city of Athens. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Microcosmoi Exhibition at Eleni Marneri Gallery. The gallery is situated near Acropolis. Under the glass floor you can see a part of the ancient city of Athens. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Myrto Prokopiou. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Myrto Prokopiou. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Evangelie Dimitriou. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Evangelie Dimitriou. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Maro Vasiliadou. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Maro Vasiliadou. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Kyriaki Panagi. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Kyriaki Panagi. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou is the youngest of the group. She just finished her studies in architectures and lives on the beautiful island of Lesvos. Yet she never failed to fly to Athens for our lessons. She was inspired by the Aegean volcanic arc, the gathering of volcanoes around several of the Aegean islands (e.g. Methana, Aigina, Milos, Santorini, etc.). Myrto was interested in the way the volcanic eruptions have transformed the landscape throughout the centuries, so she simulated these mysterious rock formations by using foam and her own body.

Pieces by Myrto Prokopiou. The photos were taken by Giorgos Vitsaropoulos. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Myrto Prokopiou. The photos were taken by Giorgos Vitsaropoulos. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou - Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou – Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Myrto Prokopiou. Pictures were taken by Giorgos Vitsaropoulos. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Pieces by Myrto Prokopiou. Pictures were taken by Giorgos Vitsaropoulos. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou - Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou – Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou - Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou – Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou - Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou – Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou - Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou – Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou - Rings (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou – Rings (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou - Earrings (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou – Earrings (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou - Earrings (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Myrto Prokopiou – Earrings (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Evangelie Dimitriou is a very sweet woman but hides a very strong passion inside her. Her work was inspired by the element of water. “We come to life surrounded by water, we live on earth surrounded by the seas. Sweat, tears, rain, snow, memories of life and death. Inspiration is always thirsty”.

Evangelie Dimitriou - Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Evangelie Dimitriou – Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Evangelie Dimitriou - Brooches (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Evangelie Dimitriou – Brooches (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Evangelie Dimitriou - Bracelet (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Evangelie Dimitriou – Bracelet (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Maro Vasiliadou has been struggling with several problems with her hands and eyes in the last two years so it may not be a coincidence that she chose the subject of religious vows (in Greek ‘tamata’) for her pieces. Such ‘tamata’ are very popular among the religious and (very) superstitious Greek people. One asks for a favor from a saint and vow (they make a ‘tama’) to pay the saint back (in silver/gold) if their wish is granted.

Maro Vasiliadou - Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Maro Vasiliadou – Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Maro Vasiliadou - Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Maro Vasiliadou – Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Maro Vasiliadou - Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Maro Vasiliadou – Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Maro Vasiliadou - Brooches (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Maro Vasiliadou – Brooches (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou is the quiet, visual poet of the group. She makes minimalist,  discreet and yet very strong statements through her pieces. She chose to explore the haiku poems of famous Greek poets and to investigate the “deeper, internal dialogue between the poem and the jewel.”

Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou - Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou – Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou - Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou – Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou - Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Chrysa Chatzikonstantinidou – Brooch (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kiriaki Panagi used her children’s paintings as a starting point and discovered the little girl that was hiding inside her in the process. She went on a journey of self-discovery, went back to childhood fantasies and memories of light and darkness to come through to the other side of life, which is full of joy and color.

Kyriaki Panagi - Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kyriaki Panagi – Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kyriaki Panagi - Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kyriaki Panagi – Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kyriaki Panagi - Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kyriaki Panagi – Necklace (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kyriaki Panagi - Ring (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kyriaki Panagi – Ring (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kyriaki Panagi - Brooches (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Kyriaki Panagi – Brooches (2014). Photo by Contemporarty.com

Some of the artists' experiments from the Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Some of the artists’ experiments from the Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Some of the artists' experiments from the Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

Some of the artists’ experiments from the Microcosmoi Exhibition (2014) at Eleni Marneri Gallery. Photo by Contemporarty.com

This has been a very personal project and a very emotional year for all of us at Anamma Seminars and I’d like to congratulate all ‘my girls’ Chrysa, Evangelie, Myrto, Kyriaki and Maro and of course our wonderful teacher Anastasia Kandaraki for this amazing exhibition. I loved being there with all of you (almost till the very end 😉 ) and I am proud of your work and of what you’ve accomplished.

A big hug and BRAVO to all of you 🙂

 

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