Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab culture

Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab culture Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
"Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab culture through the eyes of contemporary artists"
September-January 2011
Opening, Sunday September 18, 13:30

Roaming Images is a large-scale project by the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki, Greece (MMCA) organized in the framework of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and within the “Cultural Crossroads” initiative by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Tourism.

It consists of two parts: “Roaming Images – Exhibition”, an exhibition of contemporary art –curated by Iara Boubnova; it is going to take place at the MMCA between September 18 2011 – January 8 2012; and “Roaming Images – Routes”, curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis, a series of projects that take place in various cities/stations, along the route linking Muscat (Oman) to Thessaloniki (Greece) planned and implemented by appointed correspondent curators and local institutions. The results of these actions will be also shown at MMCA between September 18 2011 – January 8 2012.

In Thessaloniki the project also includes satellite projects, such as the conference “Iconic-Architectonic” that took place last March and the exhibition “Photography as a Means of Creating or Subverting Stereotypes”, a students’ photography exhibition, curated by Lena Athanasopoulou, that will take place at the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation – Thessaloniki Centre and that is organized by the Architecture School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in collaboration with schools from the Middle East and Greece.

The project calls contemporary artists to engage the cultural heritage of the Arab peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean as places of a long-standing artistic and cultural convergence.
Contemporary artists, scientists and scholars search for and document the traces, the ‘images’ of various cultural genealogies, highlighting them as the cross-cultural links beyond dangerous dichotomies: geographical, political, religious or historicist.

Roaming Images is supported by the program Crossroads of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial. It is part or the Focus Middle East project by MMCA.

In the framework of this exhibition, AIN , a cultural association based in Damascus, Syria, presents Syrian Icons , a portrait-video of the Syrian art scene.
Concept and artistic direction: Delphine Leccas / Realisation: Rami Farah
Participants: Youssef Abdelke (visual artist, art critic, art writer and caricaturist), Mouna Atassi (art dealer), Elias Zayat (visual artist and university professor), Zena Takieddine (art writer and researcher specialized in Islamic art and modern Arab art) and Fassih Keiso (visual artist and university professor).

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