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Exhibition Samkura: A Journey
State Museum of Contemporary Art
(Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Warehouse B1, port area)
until December 9, 2012


Samkura: A Journey” is the title of the new exhibition organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki-Greece), part of the “Invisible Cities Festival” which is co-organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.

Exhibition
The exhibition “Samkura: a Journey” presents the works of artists from Armenia, Georgia, Greece, Ireland and Portugal, who participated in a programme of cultural exchanges which was initiated and organized by «Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc» and supported by the EACEA, the co-partners, Culture Ireland and Ealáin na Gaeltachta. This exhibition is a collaboration between the SMCA and Cló.
“Samkura” means shamrock or trefoil in Georgian and the name was given to this trans-European art and culture initiative, offering to the well known Irish symbol connotations of artistic creativity, exchange and mobility. Artists from the five countries put into practice the idea of a living exchange through the experience of working both individually and collaboratively to create the works for this central exhibition that will bring the two-year programme to a conclusion.
Language played an important role in this artists’ collaboration. The coexistence of five historic languages and four alphabets gave a creative impulse to the common language of art. This diversity of languages and alphabets had a strong effect in the works and one of the artists’ challenges was to discover and assimilate the diversity of the other places.
The works of the artists refer also to the relationship with nature, as the residency areas were located mostly in rural areas far from the urban environment.
The artists that participate in the exhibition are Maria Boavida, Bernadette Cotter, Ingo Dünnebier, André Gonçalves, Oona Hyland, Ian Joyce, Fotini Kariotaki, Sarah Lewtas, Kevin McGee, Alexandra Ramires, Ioannis Savvidis, Azat Sargsyan, Nino Sekhniashivili, Lina Theodorou, Mkrtich Tonoyan, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Iliko Zautashvili.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-18:00, Sunday 11:00-15:00).
Curator of the exhibition
is the Director of the SMCA, Maria Tsantsanoglou with the collaboration of Ian Joyce.
Coordination-Assistant Curator: Thodoris Markoglou, Art Historian-Curator, SMCA-CACT.

The “Invisibles Cities Festival” is included in the program of events undertaken by the Municipality of Thessaloniki celebrating its 100 years of liberation and the 47th DIMITRIA; it is also part of the “Thessaloniki. Cultural Crossroads” run by the Hellenic Ministry of Education Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports and supported financially by the OPAP SA.
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