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35 visual artists have an artistic conversation with patients of Psychiatric Institutions and healthcare workers

edited by Alexandros Kassandrinos, Konstantinos Kantartzis

Participating artists: Kanella Arapoglou, Paulina Vagioni, Lydia Venieri, Stella Voulgaraki, Alexandros Georgiou, Ella Damianou, Farida El Gazzar, Maria Efstathiou, Rosa Zeidan, Theodoris Theodoridis, Robert McCabe, Konstantinos Kantarzis, Stella Capezanou, Konstantina Karlis, Daf Klagou , Marina Kypatsiaris, Paraskevi Koukkou, Philip Koutrikas, Marina Krontira, Elena Kirkili, Varvara Liakounakou, Renata Methenitis, Margarita Myrogianni, Panagiotis Nezis, Theodoros Papagiannis, Anna Papadoulou Theodoros Stamatogiannis, Vera Stavrinadis, Panos Famelis, Efi Haliori, Konstantinos Chitas, Jimmy Chitas.

Starting from the position that no characteristic is inherently derogatory, but that its negative reception is a consequence of social processes, at this year's symposium on art and health, the 2nd Health Region of Piraeus and the Aegean cooperates with distinguished visual artists and organizes, among others, in the emblematic spaces of the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica "Dromokaiteio" (Agios Isidoros and Daftsio) a group exhibition entitled "Stigma/Stigma" curated by Alexandros Kassandrinos and Konstantinos Kantartzis.
The exhibition aims to explore how social class, gender, ethnicity, skin color, sexual orientation, ability, health, appearance, burdened present or past weave the context within which some people are considered not to meet the basic rules of social existence. Their distinguishing feature becomes a decisive element for the construction of their identity, a "worn" identity, which places them in the category of "something less than human".
The visual artists had an artistic conversation with the health workers of the 2nd Ministry of Health and patients of the two largest Psychiatric Hospitals in the Territory, whose difference from the "normal" implies their stigmatization and possibly their marginalization.
In parallel with the visual part, workshops are organized with the participation of academics, researchers and scientists. The specific actions were planned for the period from October 10 to 29, 2023. The start of the events took place on October 10 with the Opening of the Exhibition at the Agios Isidoros and Daftsio areas.

Organizer: 2nd Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Piraeus and Aegean
Curators of the exhibition: Alexandros Kassandrinos, Konstantinos Kantartzis
Opening of the Exhibition: Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 18:00-21:00
Exhibition duration: October 10-29, 2023 (opening hours 12:00- 20:00- except Tuesday, Thursday) Dromokaiteio P.N.A. - Iera Odos 343, Chaidari (Buildings: Daftsio, Agios Isidoros)


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