Beds is a nomadic series of art events organized by artists Lucia Bricco (IT/GR) and Iulia Ghiţă (RO/IT), through their artistic platform John – spaceandgroup, in collaboration with the artist Antonín Brinda (CZ). The aim is to create a connection between places and/or institutions in a city and works of artists who are invited one at a time. This way we hope to both support the creation of valuable art pieces, and to articulate the uniqueness of the chosen locations.
What brings us to this project, as active artists in the contemporary art scene, is the feeling of lack of focus being given to the artistic creation, as it is often surrounded by extra-artistic motivations. We believe in the cultural relevance of what honest art creation is able to give. For that reason, the project relies on the specific nature of each art piece, in order to encourage quality work first of all.
What defines quality work is not the idea of good or bad, but its sincere way to exist.
The title of the project Beds refers to a physical space designed for the “hosting” of bodies. In the form of temporal element, it defines daily the relationship with our physical possibilities, showing us with a certain simplicity a waiting point in a line, situated between our intentions and human vulnerability. It represents the almost zero degree, simultaneously a starting and an ending point where the residue of what we finished and from which we are to begin, is stored.
Following the metaphor of beds, we assign each of the chosen artists a particular place in a city. The site is selected based on our personal considerations and sensitivities, so that each artist is given a spot relating to her or his practice.
The first beds block will involve the city of Athens (GR) and 5 performance artists:
Stanisław Bałdyga (PL)
Léann Herlihy (IR/PL)
Antti-Juhani Manninen (FIN)
Ximan Wang (CHN/IT)
A new art project created for the respective site will be presented by each one of the artists in the city of Athens. We have chosen the institutional and non-institutional spaces based on the specific role they play in the city and the Greek society, their historical value (taking into account also their current importance and possible future meanings) or simply for their strong aesthetic qualities.
see attachments for Beds Project