July in the Old Olive Press is dedicated to handmade creations: Kaftans (Christina's Kaftans), accessories (Catherine Wheel) and jewellery (Lygia Mozora). On Sunday 30th June at 20:30 come to see a different view on fashion, with beautiful “girls next door” presenting us clothes and accessories made with fun spirit, art and a lot of love for people that will appreciate them and will not find it hard to acquire them for their carefree summer moments.
In the first fortnight of July (30/6-14/7) Christina Orfanidou (Christina’s Kaftans) and Katerina Karoumpa (Catherine Wheel) present handmade kaftans and accessories respectively, whilst in the second fortnight (15/7-31/7) Lygia Mozora brings us jewellery and unique creations made of seeds. Come to talk to the artists, admire their work and obtain unique handmade creations.
Today it is a very strange, heavy day, with low barometric both metaphorically and literally, right in the middle of the first summer month. It is a day for introspection and retrospection, for thought and action. Taking this opportunity, we at “Art in the Old Olive Press” decided to reintroduce ourselves and talk to you about dreams and roads, visions and ways. To ask you to travel with us.
First of all, a few words about us. You already know what we do. However, it is important to know what we are but mainly why we do what we do. "Art in the Old Olive Press" is a non for profit Social Cooperative, with the aim to embrace every sincere and substantial facet of art and culture. In particular, the objective of the Social Cooperative is "the production of products and the provision of services for the fulfilment of the needs of collectivity (culture, education, environment, ecology etc) that promote the local and collective interest, the promotion of employment, the enforcement of social cohesion and the empowerment of the local or regional development." Those that follow us know that since our beginning not more than three months ago we have already achieved several small targets, with a lot of effort, toil, dedication, faith, as well as with a lo of support from you. We find our motivation and energy in our beliefs, life course, in the path that we chose to follow years ago. The path of giving, volunteering, substantial occupation with everything around us. Because culture is everything: people, the results of their work, their relation with other people, with nature and environment. “Art in the Old Olive Press” is simply the extract and capping stone of this course. What we put in our luggage from this voyage, which we invite you to take with us.
In order to move on we need your support. We need you to embrace this very unique cooperative, to become its members/friends. This is what “Social Cooperative” means to us. In our effort we need equipment and expertise, human power and volunteers. We need your time, contacts, financial support, contribution and of course physical and spiritual presense.
On Saturday 15th June at 19:00 come to learn more about «Art in the Old Olive Press’s” plans and about what you can do for this effort that has begun with the small Poros society at its centre and the large world society in its scope. Those that are not able to come may declare their interest and ask for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org and +302298022378 about how they can become friends/members and succour of our effort. We thank you in advance for your disposition and participation.
Starting on the 7th June for the whole month “Art in the Old Olive Press” hosts a collective social photography exhibition. Babis Kanatsidis, Harry Leventis and group Collettivo Fotosocial from Italy present to us all the different aspects of Social Photography, from street photography to photography declarative of dispositions and intentions for alternative ways of social organisation and viewing of social life and life in general.
“Social photo-reportage turns the photographer into a ‘hybrid’. A ‘human camera’, with a camera permanently fixed to his/her arm, whose goal is to escape from the laboratories and to convey sentiment and energy. Human substance –with absolute subjectivity- through the images that it captures. The necessary elements for a social photo-reporter are first of all social sensitivity and romanticism. Also, a basic prerequisite for successful social photo-reportage is courage, humour and a chameleon-like attitude. Being able to pass unobserved among people where you take photographs. The… bionic left eye is the result of years of documenting social images through the role of the ‘fly on the wall’…”
“Social documentary photography is at the heart of H.L.’s optical manifestations. His early street photography focused on the urban life in Athens during the 1990s. As the laws of change alter personal and collective perceptions, as well as the sceneries around us, so does the context of the photographic quest. Apart from the individualistic nature of things that ‘are’ here and now, there is the potentiality of a societal evolution towards a happier, a more peaceful and healthier life. Thriving ecosystems and humanities may prosper if the notion of synergy prevails. A passage from individualism, through breakthrough, towards collectiveness and finally oneness, in arising societies away from rigid institutional claws, is specifying the course of the photographer’s project, thus underlying a turn towards an alternative lifestyle both in time and space. Present works and latest projects abide by these rules and offer foundations for playfulness in our physical equilibrium.”
«Socially PhotoSensitive. When you realise that even if you travelled a long time ago, you still talk about that voyage, you take notice that it has never ended. Like when you tell someone’s story, you realise that you talk with his voice, you convey his thought. You become his speaker. You become part of his story. We decided to amplify these stories in order to be able to continue the narrations that we heard in our travels through the photographic images. In order to be able to communicate to everyone what exists apart from our backyard. We, at Collettivo Fotosocial believe that if a photograph can narrate, denounce injustices, uncover customs and cultures, awaken consciences and sensitivities through simple images of everyday life, even in hard realities, then we can define it as ‘social’. We don’t have the evidence to narrate the “One Story”, only what we know that we saw and heard. We allow ourselves to do that because we learnt to tread between cultures and populations without hesitation, without prejudices. We learn to listen to people’s stories promising to telle them, after we have documented them with light.”
Duration: 7th-30th June 2013
Opening times: 10:30-14:30 & 18:30-21:30 every day.