Interview: Andreas Mitropoulos, Konstantinos Pardalis, Vivi Perysinaki
Luca Curci talks with Andreas Mitropoulos, Konstantinos Pardalis, Vivi Perysinaki, Art Directors of We33 by ARTIA GALLERY, during BODIES+CITIES SKIN, first appointment of BORDERS 2020, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
We33 by Artia Gallery is a group comprised of multiple artists, such as painters, sculptors, engravers, architects, photographers, designers and new media artists, varying in number depending on the project. Each of them brings their personal artistic language in creative osmosis. We33 was established in 2012 and has participated in numerous exhibitions and art fairs in Greece and abroad. The team explores ideas about the interaction between the artwork and the surrounding environment, as well as the communicative process between the artists and the viewer. We33 has created various mixed media projects, including large-scale installations, sculptures and new media projects.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
ANDREAS MITROPOULOS, KONSTANTINOS PARDALIS, VIVI PERYSINAKI – Art is the expression of truth. It’s a great journey and a way of living one’s life well, truthfully and being in contact with one’s emotions, needs and inner necessity.
LC – What are you currently working on?
AM, KP, VP – We are currently working on our participation in the Platforms Project 2021, as well as a couple of other festivals in Greece and abroad.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AM, KP, VP – We are a group of multiple artists varying from 30 to 70 in number. We usually start by suggesting ideas that interest and intrigue us to work on. We have extended discussions about them. We work on them, proposing ways of bringing them to life, talking about the materials we’re going to use, the formation and general form of the project, and the difficulties and challenges we’re going to face in order to see it through. After we agree on the project, each artist works on his/her own to make their artwork. During this process we meet quite often, exchanging ideas, talking about our difficulties and showing one another our works in progress. Finally, a few artists from the group collect all of the artworks and create the final synthesis of the project. This is a very creative and unifying process for us all, as it strengthens our bond and keeps us close to one another. Most of all, it’s a way of sharing, being and staying together, keeping in touch.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
AM, KP, VP – Our artworks are mainly focused on issues of human identity and biopolitics. We usually create large-scale installations comprising of smaller pieces, one for each artist. This way the artists have the freedom to work choosing or adjusting their means, materials and textures to the theme. This project was our first artwork focusing on new media only, excluding disciplines such as painting, sculpture, engraving, etc.
LC – What is it like to be an artist nowadays?
AM, KP, VP – Being an artist nowadays is quite challenging. Funding in Greece is inadequate or even non-existent and many artists teach or keep different kinds of jobs in order to support themselves.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
AM, KP, VP – We think that the most motivating thing of all is the fact that despite Northern Italy having been struck so harshly by the pandemic, you people are trying to overcome this crisis and choose to fight for a world full of arts. This shows your commitment to the arts and sends an inspiring message that we want to support. We believe that our current project, having been made in the middle of the pandemic as well and in a neighbouring country, Greece, would have significant interaction with your striving efforts. Apart from that, issues of identity and architectural space have always been at the centre of our work.
LC – We were intrigued by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
AM, KP, VP – It was part of the Platforms Project Net 2020 that took place on May 14-31. Each artist took a photo within an urban environment suggesting human behaviours and accumulations, then there was the final editing of the video.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AM, KP, VP – It’s a very active Platform that gives emphasis to hosting group exhibitions, and exhibitions that bring artists from different artistic grounds together. It’s a truly tireless platform full of opportunities for artists all around the world.
LC – What do you think of the organization of our event?
AM, KP, VP – It was a very well-organized event and we were very glad to take part in it. There was excellent collaboration and communication.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
AM, KP, VP – We are always open to new collaborations, project ideas and proposals and we love to meet artists from all around the world and form artistic liaisons.
LC – What do you think of our services?
AM, KP, VP – There was an immediate response by ITSLIQUID to all our questions, inquiries and needs that making our communication very easy and natural.