Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dictatorship 1967-1974: the print resistance

The exhibition of documents titled "Dictatorship 1967-1974: the print resistance", organized by the Cultural Foundation of Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers  is being transferred to Athens. In collaboration with the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (ΜΙΕΤ) the more than 120 publications printed during the Junta period and circulated in illegal or nearly so circumstances, within Greece and abroad, along with the complete visual environment that was installed last year in  the Cultural Foundation of Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers, will be hosted from the 16th of December 2010 until the 30th of January 2011 at  the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation - Eynard Mansion, in Athens (20 Agiou Konstantinou St.).

It is the first time such a big number of printed documents of anti-dictatorship action has been gathered in an effort to systematically document this material and representatively reflect its big dispersion geographically and the wide political spectrum they represent. 

 A volume of the same name as the exhibition will be published at the same time with it's opening. In it,  the Cultural Foundation of Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers has gathered all the informational and visual material of the exhibition along with the minutes of the workshop organized last February with the same theme. 

The full list of the exhibition contributors and the archives from which the exhibits come from is as follows: 

Co-organized by

Organizing Committee ,
Christos Zaphiris, Ilias Koutsoukos, 
Dimitra Kehagia, Giannis Kotsifos, 

Scientific Editor - Texts
Vaggelis Karamanolakis (Historian, University of Athens)

Graphic Design 
Thanassis Georgiou

Overseer - Co-ordinator 
Christos Zaphiris

Museological and Museographical Design and Construction 
TETRAGON Ltd.:  Eleni Vretzaki

The documents and objects exhibited are from the archives and collections of the following organizations and persons:  
Archives of Contemporary Social History 
Company of Rescuing Historical Archives 1940-1974 Central And Western Macedonia 
Greek Literary Historical Archive 
Greek Parliament's Library 
Association of Imprisoned and Exiled Resistance Members 1967-1974
Company for Studyind the History of Left Youth 
Christos Zaphiris
Manolis Kandylakis
Vasileios Nikolitsios
Kostas Pyrzas

Photographed by Dinos Michail in 2009 at the first  exhibition in Thessaloniki.

Friday, December 10, 2010

To Lee, With Love, Nick


Direction: Nick Knight
Edit: Ruth Hogben
Performance: Ajak, Anais, Flaviana, Jeneil, Joan Smalls, Kinee, Quack, Rose, Sedene, Trissan
Music: Bjork
Styling: Edward Enninful
Hair: Martin Cullen
Make-Up: Inge Grognard
Manicure: Marian Newman
Director of Photography: Daniel Landin
Casting: Jess Hallett
Production: Gainsbury and Whiting
Production Design: Joseph Bennett

Thanks to VMI, Kinetic, Machine Shop, Kirby AFX, Pirate, Park Royal Studios, Souvenir and Simon Kenny

Special thanks to the team at Alexander McQueen and the British Fashion Council

Thursday, December 09, 2010

How the past inspires the future - Vogue and Asian models

Asian models are not a common occurence in US Vogue. We rarely see them in major editorials, let alone a cover. Yet the trend of more and more Asian beauties making their catwalk runs for many major fashion houses forced the magazine to dedicate a whole article to them, with Steven Meisel mimicking the famous Cecil Beaton photograph of Charles James gowns, this time using only Asian models and Oscar De La Renta being the couturier of choice.

The result is breathtaking, the models looking gorgeous despite the (unnecessary for me) faux Mohawks (American fashion editors still think a punk hairdo makes a layout edgy). I would have preferred having Julien d'Ys do some of his incredible pile ups on these girls. Or Thanos Samaras for that matter. Check the original photo below. Meisel may be very skilled but he missed the atmosphere completely, going instead for a very flat lighting. Gone are the masterful chiaroscuro effects and sculptural details of the Beaton shoot. Pity.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Thessaloniki Graphic Design 1980-2009

Click on the image to see the details of this extraordinary show 

For non-Greek speakers:
Tonight, at the Centre for Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Red Creative presents their book about Thessaloniki's graphic design history from 1980 - 2009, as a reminder of their 20 year anniversary. The event begins a 19.30

There will be a seminar dedicated to it on Saturday 11th of December, from 11:00-15:00 at the Centre. Speakers are Dr. of Typography and Graphic Communication Klimis Mastoridis, designer and typogrpher Aggelos Bakas and publisher Manolis Savvidis.

Tomorrow, 9th of December, a poster show accompanying the edition opens at the Centre, lasting only 4 days (closes on Sunday 12th of December). The show is curated by the Centre's director, Syrago Tsiara.