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Mail Art travels in Greece with a hand-made paper boat Mail Art,

1St International Mail Art Exhibition In Greece (Cultural event)


Elassona Greece
Monday 20 February 2006
Sunday 5 March 2006

The Cultural Center of Elassona
Elassona
Greece
Tel: 00302493022579
Fax: 00302493022579
Link: uxa53@yahoo.gr

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“Refugee Solidarity Chain” - "αλυσίδα Αλληλεγγύης Για Τους Πρόσφυγες" (Solo-artist exposition)

Greece
Monday 1 December 2
Monday 1 December 2

Title: “Refugee Solidarity Chain”
Call for mail art

We call on the artists of the world to participate with their work in the mail art project “Refugee Solidarity Chain”.

Help us raise awareness on the needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece. Be a ring in the Refugee Solidarity Chain with your work and help us raise funds to support these people!
Refugee is “a person who due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country ”.
Refugees are not immigrants who, legally or not, leave their countries voluntarily in order to improve their standard of living. Refugees arrive in Greece in a state of desperation, often abandoning their families in order to escape the danger and having lived through traumatic experiences, having seen family members, friends, and co-workers imprisoned or even executed.
Moreover, they deal with very serious survival problems, because they are deprived of funds, familial and social ties, and communication due to linguistic and cultural differences.
The support of these people is the main idea behind this project, organized by the Greek Council for Refugees (www.gcr.gr ), a Non Governmental Organization founded in 1989 to provide legal and psychosocial aid to refugees and asylum seekers who live in Greece. The Union of past refugees from “Black Sea- Pontus” of Elassona responded to the Council’s call for help, with the sensitivity and awareness of what really means to be a refugee, as they also were refugees some years ago.
Please send us your work with:
Dimensions: 10 x 15, A5, A4
Material: painting, engraving, digital art, artistic photo.
No returns, no fees.
All work be exposed, in Art Gallery in Athens
Doc. to all
Deadline: 31 May 2007
All works must be sent to:
Dr. Karipidis Giannis
6 Oktovriou 113
40200 Elassona – Greece
E-mail:

The painter & mail artist Thomai Kontou is the art director and curator of this project.
E-mail:


Web Exhibition:

There will be an exhibition of all the art works, and all funds raised by the sales will be donated to GCR, for support to the refugees who live in Greece.
You will receive more detailed information about the date and the place of the exhibition in the coming weeks.

For the support of Exhibition was created an artistic committee from Greeks mail artists:
Thomai Kontou
Ioanna Papachristou
Galatos Stavros
Anna Filini
Regas Makropoulos
Efi Bizou Chlorokosta
Aristotelis Triantis
Helen Baziotou
Thomas Liolios
Nikos Delis
Christos Papanikolaou
Charis Xatzina- Tsekoura
Gioula Gathi
Kostas Varnas
Vasilis Prappas
Kostas Evaggelatos
Nikos Kelesis
International honorary artistic committee
Adamandia Kapsalis - U.S.A
Dale Roberts – Canada
Denis Charmot – France
Ivan Zemtsov - Russia
Mick Boyle – U.S.A.
Puneet Gupta – India
Paul Tiilila – Finland
Ryosuke Cohen -Japan
Sidney Tome -Brazil
Suzzlee Ibrahim – Malaysia


Greek Council for Refugees
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Leto Marinou
E-mail:
Tel: 0030 210 3320053

This definition was adopted internationally on July 28th 1951 and was put in writing in the treaty since known as the Convention of Geneva “relating to the refugee status”. The convention was amended with the New York protocol of July 31st 1967 and ever since is enforced intact.


Link: http://mailart-greece-refugees.blogspot.com/

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Argonauts - Αργοναύτες (Solo-artist exposition)

Greece
Monday 1 December 2
Monday 1 December 2

THE ARGONAUTS

In 1200 B.C., in the end of the Copper Age and the beginning of the Iron Age, 52 heroes of the Ancient Greece embarked on “Argo”, the biggest and most famous ship of the ancient times, and traveled from the port of Colhis (ancient Iolkos) to an eastern shore of the Euxine (Black) Sea, known nowadays as the city of Tosis (Former Russian Republic of Georgia). The purpose of the journey was to bring back to the King of Colhis, Pelias, and the Golden Fleece, which was guarded by a dragon. According to the ancient legend the owner of the Fleece gained immortality.
The journey hided extreme danger and surprise for the Argonauts, as they had to confront nature, hostile nations and as well as the range of some of the Gods.

In our days, everyone travels on a ship, our own Argo, chasing an utopia, a dream, crossing the Symplegades (Clashing Islands), the difficulties in life. Some may return to Colhis, as others may lost their way and experience only the joy of the effort. What counts is the journey, the struggle and the dream. We invite you to experience this journey together.

The revival of the ancient Greek myth is a fact, as on June 2007 a detailed copy of Argo with 52 rowers will embark from the port of Volos (Ancient Iolkos), following the same route with the ancient Argo.
The Cultural Club “Xarta of Culture”, supporting the expedition has already produced a great musical play titled “Argonauts”, performed by the internationally famous singer Nena Venetsanou, on the music of Giannis Tantsis and the lyrics of Giorgos Tsitroulis.
We are inviting you to participate with a painting of your choice and inspiration (a landscape on A4 canvas) to symbolize the sail of the ship, which will be attached to a pre-sketched ship of the same dimensions, or creates something of the fable in paper or cardboard A4
Your paintings will be exposed in the premises of the music halls where the concerts of the “Argonauts” will take place, in different parts of the planet, as a form of “moving expedition”.
Forty (40) of those paintings, selected by the Artistic Committee of “Xarta” will be included in the flyer of the cd “Argonauts” (distributed on 2007 – 2008).
Title: Argonauts.
Material: painting, drawing artist stamp in cloth
or on paper with any media
Size: A4 or 9h10cm in cloth
All work will be exhibited.
No Jury, no returns, no fee.
Documentations to all.
On line documentation:

Deadline until 1 June 2007
Exhibition art director & curator Thomai Kontou, painter- mail artist
Auxiliary: Regas Makropoulos, painter- musician
Production: XARTA
For info:
Send your work to:

Thomai Kontou
Xanthou 9
40200 Elassona
Greece

Please draw, paint, or stick the flag of your country on the envelope.
If you draw the Argo put the flag of your country on her.

Please send your work by post not by e-mail.
Write your name, address and your e-mail clearly.
XARTA: www.xarta.gr
Thomai Kontou
Regas Makropoulos
Ioanna Papachristou
Anna Filini
Aristotelis Triantis
Efi Bizou Chlorokosta
Galatos Stavros
Helen Baziotou
Thomas Liolios
Nikos Delis
Christos Papanikolaou
Charis Xatzina- Tsekoura
Gioula Gathi
Kostas Varnas
Vasilis Prappas
Kostas Evaggelatos
Nikos Kelesis
International honorary artistic committee
Adamandia Kapsalis - U.S.A
Dale Roberts – Canada
Denis Charmot – France
Ivan Zemtsov - Russia
Mick Boyle – U.S.A.
Puneet Gupta – India
Paul Tiilila – Finland
Ryosuke Cohen -Japan
Sidney Tome -Brazil
Suzzlee Ibrahim – Malaysia


Link: http://mailart-greece-argo.blogspot.com/

“1Tst International Mail Art Biennale In Greece” (Solo-artist exposition)

Afghanistan
Monday 1 December 2
Monday 1 December 2

“1tst INTERNATIONAL MAIL ART BIENNALE IN GREECE”
“Cities enclosed like fields where I used to live…..for Olympus, for Elassona, or the city everyone has in his mind and heart”
We are a group of artists named “iconoplastes art group”. We have created and took part in a Central Unesco’s Project titled “My City- scenes and Sounds of my City”. We presented our city, Elassona, having Mount Olympus as the start and the end of our project, because we live in the shadow of this sacred mount.
The project is:
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We call you in the “1st International Mail Art Biennale in Greece”.
The selected artwork will be the exposing material for the creation of the “1st Museum of Postal Art” in Greece. We would like this museum to be founded in Elassona, the city where the 1st International mail art exhibition was held under the title: “Psychedelic” (producer: Ioanna Papachristou, coordinator- curator: Thomai Kontou).
Get into the site, se the project and let Olympus with its muses and Elassona, to create inner pictures. Send your works inspired from our city or your own city, your memories and way of living. In that way a lot of cities will co-exist, in this collection, through to the inspiration and soul of the artists.
Title: “Cities enclosed like fields where I used to live…..for Olympus, for Elassona, or the city everyone has in his mind and heart”
Media: painting, engraving, visual art, photo, artistamps.
Size: postcard, A3, A4.
No jury, no fee.
All works are going to be exhibited. The works will be the supporting material of the Museum. So they are not going to be returned.
Deadline: 30 October 2007.
Documents in:
Exhibition coordinator- curator: Thomai Kontou (painter-mail artist)
For info: or
The exhibition will be held in a space that is going to be announced soon.
Send your work to:
Thomai Kontou
Xanthou 9
40200 Elassona
Greece
International honorary artistic committee
Adamandia Kapsalis - U.S.A
Dale Roberts – Canada
Denis Charmot – France
Ivan Zemtsov - Russia
Mick Boyle – U.S.A.
Puneet Gupta – India
Paul Tiilila – Finland
Ryosuke Cohen -Japan
Sidney Tome -Brazil
Suzzlee Ibrahim – Malaysia

For photos of mound Olympus get in the site:
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m_photografies/elassona/1/index.php
*the text for UNESCO’s project:
TITLE A tribute to Elassona
“The city I loved, enclosed…like fields where I used to live”
Elassona is a town situated on the foot of Mount Olympus, the Greek sacred mountain. It is a town that has been built 4.500 years ago and it is known as the “White Town” of the Homeric era. It is also white deeply in our heart and brain, because it is our own hometown, the place we were born and lived and where as own beloved people lived. We have attempted an artistic approach of our town having in mind the verse of the poet N. A. Aslanoglou about Elassona: “…its houses are spreading conceitedly in the plain” among these houses there are youth memories, secret corners, ruins, abandoned cars, old factories. But there is also the new life portrayed through, traditional feasts in the square, through old and new habits, the cultural buildings, and the litany of the Virgin Mary’s icon, the artist’s atelier and his lonely course. Evenings with friends, music and dreams. “Innocence and faith”. We consist a team of painters, photographers and university students. Our common point a view is our love for Elassona. Have a nice trip in our town. Iconoplastes Art Group


Link: http://1st-mailart-greek-biennale.blogspot.com/