THE BIENNALE OF SANTORINI
The Biennale of Santorini is the idea of artist, designer and economist Kikos Papadopoulos; supported significantly by the Municipality of Thera, the Estia Association of Pyrgos and the Santorini of the Past Cultural Village in Pyrgos.
«The idea for a meeting of artists from around the world in Santorini was born in 2001, when I first began to carefully observe the richness of this dramatic island. The relation between the tradition and how it gets involved into our modern “aesthetics machine”, the local social psychology, the drammatic beauty of the island and the local economy can indicate us how to open new ways of living and thinking. » says Biennale founder Kikos Papadopoulos.
History, myth, architecture, the island’s traditions, the original significance of folk art, the customs and colours prove the island is positively animated by its people and their relationship to time and place. These factors, intertwined, give rise to a whole set of ideas – a ‘cabinet of thoughts’ if you like. Like Pandora’s box from the era of myth and legend, it consumes my imagination. An exhibition of the multi-disciplinary arts might embody and contain a set of cultural messages that could positively influence all of our futures – presenting something new and immeasurably exciting for the inaugural Santorini Biennale of Arts.
OUR MISSION, OUR VISION
Our mission is to promote both emerging and established artists that are working on the borders between different art disciples, allowing them to surpass the traditional (and perhaps limiting) concepts of classicism, modernism, contemporary and applied arts. The Santorini Biennale of Arts will be dedicated to hosting artist-led events presented in full co-operation with the organizers. The Santorini Biennale of Arts is inspired by the ways in which ideas are born and disseminated – how they then develop and diversify within our increasingly interconnected global society.
Art and culture continue to play a distinctive role in defining the past, present and future direction of human endeavour. In recognition of this, the Santorini Biennale of Arts wishes to cultivate a spirit of research and experimentation; also, to present an environment ideal for open and continuous dialogue. Pursuing a programme of cultural collaboration that is at the same time both regional and international, Santorini Biennale of Arts intends to support and promote the free exchange of both artistic and cultural experience.
Reflecting the strengths of co-operation across all borders, encouraging and rewarding excellence, Santorini Biennale of Arts will work to advance a broad framework of activities enabling participants to initiate a wider dialogue for new ideas and social change. Ideally, by our art, we can provoke and motivate humanity to take action on today’s fundamental issues.
2012 THEME & ART CATEGORIES
Installation Art, Ceramic Art, Collage Art, Comic Art, Drawing, Short Film, Glass Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Painting, Paper Art, Photography, Sculpture, Short Film, Video Art, and a Song Competition. Our theme for 2012 is The Past. History, Time, Memory and Nostalgia: How do you define your relationship with The Past? How do people you have met in the past, all of your experiences, your memories affect you in the present? Might they subconsciously or even explicitly influence your future? We as individuals each carry forward our own past as ‘vessels’. If everything about the present moment is determined by the past, then, when collectively imagining our future, we ignore the lessons of the past at our peril.