Art

A Cultural View/Μια πολιτιστική άποψη

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The impressive Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center just recently opened its doors to visitors. The cultural center is located in Kalithea, Athens and, from certain vantage points, offers stunning views of Athens, one can see the Port of Faliro and the Acropolis. For months, before its completion, seeing the cranes in the sky brought a refreshing air of optimism to the economic stricken Greece. The center has a huge  library, a pond for sailing, yoga lessons, cinema room, as well as activities for children.

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Aphrodite Misses Milos

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The ‘Venus de Milo’  at Louvre Museum in France was discovered in 1820 on the Greek island of Milos.

I know, if Aphrodite spoke she would not be speaking in English, or French for that matter. But, I’m sure she would picked up a few foreign words here and there from all those years of being at the Louvre and listening to the tourists speak.

The strange thing about this post is that at the time that I came up with the idea I didn’t know that there is an actual campaign in Greece, specifically by the residents of the island of Milos, to bring the statue back to the island.  So weird! Maybe it’s a sign that it will return? It doesn’t seem to likely since it has been at the Louvre for such a long time. But, if it does happen it would be an extraordinary event to see the removal and return of the statue however you may feel about it.

Breaking The Ice/Σπαζοντας τον παγο

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‘Breaking the ice’minimal collage on paper by Angela Zafiris

To be the first to break the ice of the enterprize.”- Plutarch, ‘Lives of the noble Grecians and Romanes’

“If it be so, sir, that you are the man
Must stead us all and me amongst the rest,
And if you break the ice and do this feat,
Achieve the elder, set the younger free
For our access, whose hap shall be to have her
Will not so graceless be to be ingrate.”  Shakespeare, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

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Sometimes I like to get crafty, especially after I go on my Pinterest binge. I saw this idea and I had to try it. You only need a piece of wood, some string and nails. It’s a noisy piece of artwork to make, but I think that it’s worth it, and it looks great on my wall 😉

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Happy Valentines day! A day that has evolved from a day that was exclusively for lovers to a day where everyone can be shown some love; as love comes in different forms not just romantic 😉

Your Love Kills/Η Αγαπη σου Σκοτωνει

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‘Love Kills’ photo shop illustration by Angela Zafiris

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Being loved can give us strength, but if the wrong person is loving us, then it can kill us.. so be careful who you give your heart out to.

The inspiration behind my digital collage was the ‘Economist’ magazine cover featuring the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite holding a pistol aimed at-not at me but at the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  The image of Aphrodite de milo as well as her reputation has suffered rampant abuse by many European publications in recent years. Her image ‘hijacked’, and defaced to serve up hostile messages from science and business magazines that were targeting financially strapped Greece.  The irony in all this is that we are not talking about love, but about money. They could have used Hermes who is the god of commerce, financial gain and he’s also the messenger so it would be more fitting to use him to deliver the message, but instead the goddess of love was used. Is it because business people love money? So with so much hostility for Greece why didn’t they use (abuse) Ares the God of war? The many statues of Ares are very famous too. A few are located at the same museum, the Louvre in Paris, as the ‘Aphrodite de milo’. Perhaps Ares wasn’t used because he looks too strong to represent Greeks. On the other hand, Aphrodite looks more vulnerable because she is a woman and nude.  I know it’s sexist, but we are living in a hostile patriarchical society.. so I guess I just answered my previous question.

I guess a small positive side in all of this is that it inspired my art. I thought I would use her image as well and put her in a more fitting scene where she is not out of her element since she was born in the ocean.

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I laughed a lot when I saw this cover. Yes, I will make your day!

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And the award for the rudest cover of them all goes to..