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“The Butterfly Effect”: Exploring contemporary art at a textile factory / by artefact athens

Photo Metaxia Vintiadi

The Butterfly Effect/Curated by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, organized by artefact athens.

Step into a world where art and industry converge, as artefact athens, the esteemed non-profit cultural organization, presents a captivating exhibition of contemporary art. Curated by the visionary Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, this groundbreaking event, titled “The Butterfly Effect”, promises to take visitors on a transformative journey through the multifaceted realms of creativity.

Photo Penny Economakis

The Butterfly Effect/Curated by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, organized by artefact athens.

Nestled within the historic textile factory, “Klostai Petaloudas-Mouzakis” which has stood as a testament to craftsmanship since its establishment by Eleftherios Mouzakis in 1944, this exhibition seamlessly weaves together the rich tapestry of Greece’s industrial heritage and the boundless possibilities of artistic expression.

Photos Savvatios Bampilis ,Stavros Moschopoulos,Spyros Kotzambassis

The Butterfly Effect/Curated by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, organized by artefact athens.

Prepare to be inspired by the fusion of architectural marvels, intricate machinery, and the ethereal beauty of threads. As you wander through the immersive spaces, a retro-futuristic ambiance will envelop your senses, blurring the lines between reality and imagination. Marvel at how the participating artists draw inspiration from this unique industrial environment, creating a dynamic interplay between the tangible and the fantastical.

Photo Angelos Tzivelekis, site-specific installation by Lydia Andrioti, A structure on pain and light (2023)

Lydia Andrioti's installation in one of the warehouse corridors includes sculptures from found objects, metal, neon lights and a soundscape.

The Butterfly Effect/Curated by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, organized by artefact athens.

Photo Petros Markovic

The Butterfly Effect/Curated by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, organized by artefact athens.

But this exhibition is more than just a visual spectacle; it is an invitation to explore profound themes of introspection, existential quests, and emotional transcendence. Guided by the geographical imprint of the factory’s surroundings, which aligns with the ancient path of the Eleusinian Mysteries on the Sacred Way, visitors will embark on a thought-provoking journey, contemplating their place in a rapidly evolving world.

Photo Jordan Koussis

From Left to Right Tassos Spetsieris Moments Collective Art Director- Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Curator of Butterfly Effect.

At the heart of this artistic exploration lies the raw power of thread – both as a primal material and as a symbol of national identity. Its significance reverberates across multiple dimensions, shaping geographical landscapes on both natural and metaphysical levels. Thread not only connects us to tradition but also serves as a gateway to forging emotional bonds and connections.

Drawing inspiration from the concept of the butterfly effect – where even the slightest change in events can lead to profound transformations – this exhibition transcends mere artistic expression. It challenges us to consider the implications of our choices and actions, urging us to reflect on how seemingly insignificant moments can alter the course of history.

Photo Mike Economakis Greek Official Member's Community

1.Photo Vassilis Manikas/Artist Dimitra Skandali, site-specific installation, weaving the valleys of love (2023)

2.Photo Foni Voridis/Artist Klitsa Antoniou, site-specific video installation, The Declaration of Sentiments and Other Stories (2023)

3.Photo Eleni Berati/Artist Lydia Dambassina site-specific installation WE LOST OUR MONEY BUT NOT OUR TASTE(2023)

Prepare to be transported through a mesmerizing tapestry of architectural wonders, machinery humming with life, and captivating multimedia installations. These transformative experiences will engage your senses on a profound level, fostering an active dialogue between art and enterprise. As you immerse yourself in these awe-inspiring spaces, you will be prompted to contemplate the potential of reindustrialization and the collective benefits that lie within.

Photo Eva Berler/Artist Dimitra Skandali ''Weaving the valleys of love'' (2023)

The Butterfly Effect/Curated by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, organized by artefact athens.

Photo Jordan Koussis ,Penny Economakis, Artist Ada Petranaki, site-specific installation, Antennas (2023)

Ada Petranaki's work in the vaporizer building consists of a series of found dead trees, whose branches, roots and soil transport us to another reality.

Beyond the artistic creations themselves, “The Butterfly Effect” pays homage to the dedicated individuals and families who have been an integral part of this textile legacy. Their contributions serve as a poignant reminder of the role played by industry in shaping our society.

Under the expert curation of Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, forty-one contemporary artists have been carefully selected to participate in this extraordinary exhibition. Their works, meticulously crafted to respond to the site-specific environment and conceptual framework, encompass a diverse range of mediums – from spatial installations and mesmerizing videos to evocative sculptures, enchanting soundscapes, and captivating paintings.

1.Photo Kimon Axaopoulos /Artist Ismini Samanidi, site-specific installation (detail),How to Build a Universe(2023)

2.Photo Panagiotis Papatheodorou/Artist Dimitra Skandali, site-specific installation (detail), weaving the valleys of love (2023)

3.Mary Palaiologou/Artist Iliodora Margellos, site-specific installation (detail), Deliverance (2023)

Meet our Supporter Greek Forum of Migrants

Photo Sotiria Katsinou/Artist Sandra Osborne, site-specific installation (detail), Some Notes on Urns, or What I Can Tell You About Butterflies (2023)

Embark on a conscious and emotional journey as you navigate storage spaces, machine rooms, corridors, and passages

Photos: 1.Evdoxia Fasoula 2.Konstantinos Alexiou/artist Stella Meletopoulou, site-specific installation (detail),Constellations (2023) 3.Antonis Alexakis 4.Eva Pappa / artist Susan Daboll, site-specific installation (detail), Iterations (2023) 5.Dimitris Kalivezas / installation views with the works of artists Iliodora Margellos and Sandra Osborne 6.Fay Pitta / artist Dimitris Skourogiannis, site-specific installation (detail), The Birth of Venus (2023) Meeting Coordinators Tassos Spetsiers, Fay Zaharopoulou

Meet Our Supporter Hellenic American Union

Participating artists in the "Butterfly Effect" exhibition

Eozen Agopian (Greece), Lydia Andrioti (Greece), Christina Anid (France/Greece/Lebanon), Anna Adarti (Greece), Klitsa Antoniou (Cyprus), Ruth Asawa (America), Orit Ben Shitrit (Israel/USA/Morocco) , Robert Cahen (France), Irene Carvajal (Costa Rica/America), Irini Gonou (Greece), Susan Daboll (America), Lydia Dabassina (Greece), Sofia Zarari (Greece), Eleni Zouni (Greece), Michal Heiman (Israel ), Kiana Honarmand (Iran/America), Pushpakaran Kadappath (India), Annita Kalimeri (Greece), Marianna Constanti (Cyprus), Maria Loizidou (Cyprus), Iliodora Margellou (Greece), Despina Meimaroglou (Greece), Stella Meletopoulou (Greece ), Manolis Babousis (Greece), Eva Nathena (Greece), Theodoros Noutsos (Greece), Sandra Osborne (America), Anda Petranaki (Greece), Lia Petrou (Greece), Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland), Evi Savvaidi (Greece), Ismini Samanidis (England/Greece),Dimitra Skandali (Greece), Dimitris Skurogiannis (Greece), Franca Sonnino & Maria Jole Serreli (Italy), Marianna Strapatsaki (Greece), Nikos Tranos (Greece), Claire Tsalouhidou – Hatziminas (Greece), Alison Woods (America), Maria Andromachi Hatzinikolaou (Greece).

The Exhibition, curated by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou, is the field of artistic expression and reflection centered on the concepts of interconnectedness, personal and collective memory and identity as well as entrepreneurship. This year's event takes place with the financial support and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the EFA GROUP, the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE) and the Athens International Airport, while it is supported by the Embassies of France, Switzerland, Israel, Italy and Cyprus. The exhibition runs until 22 October 2023 and will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3.30pm to 8.30pm.


Organized by: artefact athens

Curator: Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Duration: September 21 – October 22, 2023 Location: Butterfly Factory, 41 Kifisou Avenue, Athens Greece,122 42

Dr. Kostas Prapoglou is an archaeologist-architect, contemporary art critic and curator based in London and Athens, Greece. He has a doctorate in Roman Architecture and works as an art writer for numerous publications and online platforms around the globe including XIBT, Third Text, OCULA, ArtAsiaPacific, thisistomorrow, Aesthetica and THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Journal for Modern and Contemporary Art. He has developed a keen interest in notions of transnational and transhistorical realities and his curatorial practice investigates the ongoing discourse of sociopolitical parameters that are embedded in continuously emerging paradigms of ancient and contemporary cross-cultural narratives. He is the founder and creator of artefact athens, a non-profit arts Organisation aiming at activating abandoned buildings and other unique locations through contemporary artistic language.

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The Moments Collective team/International Art Press @2023


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