Dreams and Inspiration
An exhibition and an award are the fruit of INSPIRE PROJECT, an initiative carried out by MOMus – Experimental Center for the Arts over the last years. Amidst the unprecedented situation we all experienced this year, it is unarguably of even greater importance to express oneself and give life to matter through… dreams.
These two qualities would top our list if we were to sum up the main attractions of the exhibition “Dream Archives”, hosted until October 11th, at MOMus – Experimental Center for the Art, at Warehouse B1, at the Port of Thessaloniki, which originated from this year’s INSPIRE PROJECT. The exhibition hosts the works of visual artist Mary Zygouri, dating from 2014 till today, directly linked to the content and the practices of the titular workshop, where she took part as an invitee. The works of new artists, seniors or recent graduates of various Fine Arts Faculties who participated at the workshop, are also showcased: Nikoletta Angelidou, Katerina Anastasiou, Maria Andrikopoulou, Zoe Antypa, Nikos Efstathoulidis, Ano Theodoroglou, Christina Kapetaniou, Giorgos Michalopoulos, Katerina Moschou, Sofia Moutafi, Margarita Panagiotidou, Stefania Patrikiou, Georgia Pilali, Thanassis Sampaziotis, Constantinos Terzis, Anastasia Tsalpatourou, Patrikiou, Fousti Lamé, Eirini Fotiadi and Dimitra Charizani are the names we come across in the exhibition.
The launching of this year’s INSPIRE PROJECT workshop, under the title “Dream Archives: Dreams as a structural material of art creation and practice” was performed online, on July 6th, through the introduction in the workshop’s thematic and field of research, and the record keeping of the participants’ dreams. The collective and experiential leg of the workshop kicked off on July 13th. Mary Zygouri, implementing open pedagogical methods, encompasses the goal of cooperation and joint learning into the fluid urban and natural landscape of Thessaloniki. The hidden pathways of water running through the city, matched by the inherent fluidity of the Dream, serve as the workshop’s platform of action and art experimentation. Through a series of performative and in situ practices, collective experience – sensatory, aesthetic, associative, instantaneous, dreamlike – is intertwined with the 18 young artists’ works showcased in the exhibition, in a state of interaction and co-shaping
INSPIRE PROJECT is paired up with the Inspire Award, and MOMus – Experimental Center for the Arts makes an open call to all artists with a portfolio containing projects that have been materialized within a framework of a workshop or a residency to submit their applications for the 2020 Inspire Award.
Inspire Award is bestowed to a visual artist, regardless of age or nationality, for a project carried out within a framework of a workshop or a residency in any part of the world, that stands out for its conception, originality and awareness, as well for its pertinence and communion with the hosting venue. Inspire Award is accompanied by a 3,000 Euro prize and is scheduled to be bestowed in October 2020, in a special event.
Two Inspire Award recent recipients are Kostis Velonis (2017) and Zoe Giabouldaki (2019), for their works realized within the framework of the Residency Casa Maauad in Mexico City and the Residency Internationales Könstlerhaus (Villa Concordia) in Bamberg, Bavaria, respectively.