Back to basics: Uncanny II

Back to basics: Uncanny II

ENIA Gallery // Athens, Greece // 26th January - 21st April 2018

Curator: Artemis Potamianou


The exhibition Back to the basics: Uncanny II builds on the first part of the show, held at the ENIA Gallery in December 2016, by exploring the different approaches to the concept of the uncanny as it was defined by Sigmund Freud.

The uncanny, a concept which Freud explores in his book Art and literature, first published in the autumn of 1919, has been a source of inspiration in the creative process of many artists. The complexity of the Uncanny lies in that while it conveys the notion of the foreign and the uncertain it is directly linked to a suppressed familiar feeling of an experience.

Analysing the relation between the German word heimlich (familiar, not absurd) and its logical opposite, unheimlich, through their etymology in various languages, Freud concludes that the semantic interpretation of heimlich verges towards ambivalence until it ends up coinciding with its opposite—unheimlich.

Through a collection of experiences and situations which trigger a sense of unfamiliarity, Freud demonstrates that the uncanny belongs to the category of the familiar scary-paradox which, through the process of suppression, ends up becoming unfamiliar.

This transition from familiarity to alienation is fundamental to the creation of an uncanny condition. 

The second version of the exhibition Back to the basics: Uncanny explores different versions and approaches to the interpretation of the notion of the uncanny in the work of thirteen contemporary artists.



Martha Dimitropoulou // Bella Easton // Ekkehart Keintzel // Boris Lafargue // Nina Lassithiotaki // Clay Smith // Maaike Stutterheim // Nikos Tranos // Yiorgos Tsakiris // Giorgos Tserionis // Versaweiss // Katerina Zacharopoulou.


Opening hours: Monday - Tuesday closed

Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 – 15:00

Thursday 11:00 – 18:00 

Friday 14:00 – 20:00





Back to basics: Uncanny II

ENIA Gallery // Αθήνα // 26 Ιανουαρίου - 21 Απριλίου 2018

Επιμέλεια έκθεσης: Άρτεμις Ποταμιάνου


Η έκθεση Back to the basics: Uncanny II συνεχίζει την προβληματική του πρώτου μέρους της έκθεσης που πραγματοποιήθηκε στην ENIA Gallery το Δεκέμβριο του 2016, ερευνώντας τις διαφορετικές οπτικές της έννοιας του ανοίκειου όπως αυτή προσδιορίστηκε στο δοκίμιο του Sigmund Freud.

Το Ανοίκειο (uncanny), μια έννοια που ο Freud ανέλυσε στο βιβλίο του Αrt and literature που εκδόθηκε για πρώτη φορά το φθινόπωρο του 1919, αποτέλεσε πηγή έμπνευσης στη δημιουργική διαδικασία πολλών καλλιτεχνών. Η πολυπλοκότητα του Ανοίκειου έγκειται στο ότι ενώ μεταφέρει την έννοια του ξένου και του αβέβαιου έχει άμεση σύνδεση με μια καταπιεσμένη οικεία αίσθηση μιας εμπειρίας. 

Ο Freud αναλύοντας τη σχέση μεταξύ της γερμανικής λέξης heimlich (οικείο, όχι παράδοξο) και της λογικά αντίθετής της λέξης unheimlich (γερμανικός όρος για το ανοίκειο) μέσω της ετυμολογίας των δύο λέξεων σε λεξικά διαφορετικών γλωσσών συμπεραίνει ότι η σημασιολογική ερμηνεία της λέξης heimlich αναπτύσσεται προς την κατεύθυνση της αμφιθυμίας, μέχρι τελικά να συμπίπτει με την αντίθετη της, Unheimlich.

Μέσω της συλλογής εμπειριών και καταστάσεων οι οποίες διεγείρουν την αίσθηση της ανοικειότητας, ο Freud αποδεικνύει ότι το uncanny ανήκει στη κατηγορία του οικείου φοβιστικού - παράδοξου που μέσω της διαδικασίας της απώθησης καταλήγει τελικά να γίνει ανοίκειο.

Αυτή η μετάβαση από την αίσθηση οικειότητας στην αποξένωση είναι θεμελιακή για τη σύσταση της ανοίκειας κατάστασης. 

Η δεύτερη εκδοχή της έκθεσης Back to the basics: Uncanny θα διερευνήσει διαφορετικές μεθόδους και τρόπους προσέγγισης της ερμηνείας της έννοιας του Ανοίκειου στο έργο δεκατριών σύγχρονων εικαστικών.



Μάρθα Δημητροπούλου // Bella Easton // Κατερίνα Ζαχαροπούλου // Ekkehart Keintzel // Boris Lafargue // Νίνα Λασηθιωτάκη // Clay Smith // Maaike Stutterheim // Νίκος Τρανός // Γιώργος Τσακίρης // Γιώργος Τσεριώνης // Versaweiss


Ώρες Λειτουργίας: Δευτέρα – Τρίτη κλειστά

Τετάρτη – Σάββατο 11:00 – 15:00

Πέμπτη 11:00 – 18:00 

Παρασκευή 14:00 – 20:00

Back to basics: Uncanny II

Don’t Kill Bambi

Don’t Kill Bambi: The Studio 54 phenomenon repositioned at times of crisis


BIOS // Athens, Greece // 27th June - 28th July 2016


Concept, curatorial: Stavros Kavalaris


Two cities; two different periods; a fiscal crisis alike; a common narration: New York in the 1970s and Athens during the last seven years.

One could understand the 1970s in New York as a decade of disillusion, cynicism, bitterness, and anger. For many New Yorkers, the period, as for most of the Greeks after 2008, this extent of time was marked by convoluted hardships, restraining barriers, frustration, and an overwhelming feeling that the country had lost its direction, challenging the very heart of the post-war liberal consensus.

Such dimming environment spawned the short-lived phenomenon of Studio 54, as the mecca of the bright-lights-big-city epicenter of a heavily problematic society in conscious denial. The club owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, capitalizing on new formations and structures, scrawled the most “tantalizing” history of a reformed middle class conscience.

The exhibition, based on the social analysis of Felix Salt’s titular novel, by the American sociologist, Ralph H. Lutts, examines the sociopolitical parameters of crisis’s canonistical prototypes, as created by a middle class in escapism and its exploiters.


Versaweiss/ cameos: Dimitrios Antonitsis, Theo-Mass Lexileictous

The exhibition is supported by OUTSET Contemporary Art Fund (Greece). Exhibition’s organizational body: House of Cyprus



Don’t Kill Bambi

Tradition Today


House of Cyprus // Athens, Greece // 06th October - 07th November 2014


Dimitris Antonitsis // Christos Vagiatas  // Natali Yiaxi  // Christopher Doulgeris // Petros Efstathiadis  // Marina Kassianidou // Antonis Katsouris // Jenny Marketou // Maro Michalakakou // Apostolos Ntelakos // Efi Spyrou // Valentinos Charalambous // Savvas Christodoulides // Maria Christofidou // Theo-Mass Lexileictous // Versaweiss

Curator: Stavros Kavalaris


Tradition Today

F Is For Football


Skouze 3 // Athens, Greece // 12th June - 13th July 2014


June 12th begins the World Cup in Brazil. For a whole month the football fans - and not only, will glorify the “round goddess”.

In the same period 11 visual artists in the center of Athens, exhibits the “F is for Football” and explores football as a social and cultural phenomenon, with all the contradictions and ambiguities that intrinsically incorporates both temporal and today, the era of globalization. A phenomenon, that seems even times have changed, remains unchanged.
Of course we will watch the football matches! In Skouze3 we will show all World Cup matches every day to create a dialectical relationship between the sport itself and the exhibition, adding a festive character that is so fitting with the same spirit of football society.
Through a selection of old and new works (photographs , installations, paintings , video), the participants have commented critically the modern football, the homo footballus, and also other issues associated with football: from the politics of the identity, propaganda and violence, to issues of space, architecture and the future states of football.


Yiannis Theodoropoulos // Antonis Kapnisis // Christos Michaelides // Maro Michalakakos // Dimitris Dokatzis // Nikos Papadimitriou // Artemis Potamianou // Efi Spyrou // Pavlos Fysakis // Dionisis Christofilogiannis // Versaweiss

Curator: Konstantinos Argianas



F Is For Football

Made of Good Stuff


Widmertheodoridis Gallery // Eschlikon, Switzerland // 7th June  – 19th July 2014 


widmertheodoridis inaugurates its new premises in Eschlikon with a group show comprising sixteen artists. ’Aus gutem Stoff’ (Made of Good Stuff) launches a trilogy curated by Werner Widmer and Jordanis Theodoridis, which covers terms, such as texture, evidence and origin. ‘Aus gutem Grund’ (With Good Reason) and ‘Aus gutem Hause’ (From good Home) pick-up after the summer break and run till end of the year. 


The close propinquity and conceptualization of the three exhibition titles is no surprise and was chosen on purpose. This results in overlaps that were designated to facilitate a detailed exploration of the terms. They introduce the new show, enable reviews and interconnect various positions. By using soft shifting and doubling gestures one’s perspective and point of view are challenged an triggered. 


‘Made of Good Stuff’ deals on one hand with the material character and on the other hand it refers to the metaphorical ambiguity of the term ‘fabric’. Being one of the oldest elements of civilization it refers mostly to a long history based on tactile perception. Everyone has a sensual connection to fabric. However, canvas as painting underground was only used from the dark ages and became eventually the favorite material for visual artists. For a long time the allocation of a piece of art was quite simple: Paintings on canvas were considered art. All other techniques, such as embroidery, knitting, sewing were considered handicraft. This classification was broken-up in the last decades only by the interest in new and unusual materials that led to a new interpretation of what is art. What was connoted for a long time as a female material has meanwhile received broad reception. 


The well-known sayings ‘Made of good stuff/different stuff/same stuff’ refer to the old belief that trees are animated. The term ‘good stuff’ reflects characteristics, such as consistency, purity, perfection and is metaphorically presented in a few exhibited art works. Other positions underline the importance of clothes (as a second skin) or its fabrication. And finally others accentuate narrative, exciting stories that are – made of good stuff.



Othmar Eder // Chiara Fiorini // Stefan Gort // Gian Michelle Grob // Sybille Hotz // Erna Hurzeler // VInzent Kriste // Ariane Lugeon // Andoni Maillard // Andreas Marti // Elisabeth Nembrini // Lisa Sartorio // Versaweiss // Werner Widmer // Lydia Wilhelm // Marko Zink



Made of Good Stuff

default.03 // is this spring?


Department of Architecture University of Thessaly // Volos , Greece //  31st May 2014


default is an interdisciplinary network of artists, architects, designers and vinyl enthusiasts located in Greece. Fusing individual creative tensions through synergy, default aims at bringing together various fields of art under the sounds of electronic music. Our purpose is to promote and support what we like in an unconditional level.


Participants // Art Exhibition / Audio 

Alexandros Psychoulis // Katerina Koutsogianni // Eva Papamargariti // Ioannis Salesiotis // Konstantinos Dimitriadis // Andreas Platis // Christos Ioannou // Joanna Sotiriou // Lne Boubari // Dark Horse // Versaweiss // Space Under // Dimitris Maragozis // Topotheque // Dora Karali // Paris Papaioannou // Ioanna Piniara // Christina Liakati // Anastasia Nechalioti // Alexandros Touliopoulos // Mirna Marianovits // Lapien // Metropolis // Bu$$ // i:Diom // Lowjac // Mackenzie

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