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The Chamber of Aetoloakarnania in the context of the implementation of the operation "Holistic networking of creative media through collaborative spaces (hubs) Holistic networking of creative industries through hubs - Creative@Hubs", co-organized the 21st knowledge enhancement workshop on: "POP ART" in collaboration with the artist Andrea Valleri, the Department of Culture & Tourism of the RWG and the "Contini Art Gallery".

The 21st cultural industry workshop was successfully held as part of the "Creative@Hubs" program, on Wednesday August 17 at 20:00, on the occasion of the opening of the painting and sculpture exhibition entitled: "SYMBIOSIS" of the internationally renowned artist Andrea Valleri in the Chrysogelo building, accompanied by the appropriate logistical equipment. The workshop had as its central thematic axis the technical creations of "pop art" works, thus highlighting and discovering the multidimensional character and uniqueness of this special art through the conceptual and symbolic approach of the artist's creations. The workshop was then prefaced by the president of the Cultural Center of Messolonghi S.C. Mr. Nikos Hatzis, the mayor of Messolonghi S.C. Mr. Kostas Lyros, the project manager of the Creative@hubs program of the Chamber of Aetoloakarnania, Robolas Giorgos, who warmly welcomed such actions that promote art and culture, placing particular emphasis on the title of the exhibition "Symbiosis" that indicates the union of different cultures and artistic currents, while the head of the creative hubs and curator of the exhibition, Mr. Vassilis Artikos recounted how the idea of realizing both the exhibition and the workshop was created for him. Then the floor was taken by Dr. Architect-Engineer & Head of Technical Support and Museography of the Byzantine & Christian Museum of Athens, Ms. Marianna Savrami, who presented the artist Andrea Valleri, making simultaneous reference to his works, which are based on archetypes and letters, giving meaning to a timeless memory that the artist himself derives from the recovery of historical memory. Finally, the artist Andrea Valleri took the floor, who mentioned that his works have a strong influence from classicism and draw themes from ancient myths, literature, and philosophy. He emphasized that the paintings are based on the dualism of light and shadow and uses as materials wood and stone, the union of which was based on a metaphorical concept inscribed in Plato's Phaedrus (Thoth’s myth). He concluded that SYMBIOSIS is a metaphorical term, which transforming ideal and real situations, based on which "difference" reaches "unity" without losing identity. Lagoon of Venice and Messolonghi, Greece and Italy, past and present are some of the archetypes that characterize this concept. His works realized by the technique of "pop art" offer images to the public, which through imagination, can interpret the ideas of the artist, since as he mentioned, the eyes of the public are united with the look of the artist and the work ceases to be exclusively his creation and is offered to viewers for their own personal reading. At the end of the workshop there was a discussion with the audience, the participants raised their questions to the artist and a buffet with cool drinks and food was offered outside the building. Afterwards, accompanied by the visual artist Andrea Valleri, the public was guided through the exhibition and admired up closely his personal collection of works.

EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND
Operational Program of "Western Greece" Region

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