My new personal exhibition “Pictorial Openings”is on: from the 25th May until the 30th of June 2018 in Aiolou 42/44 – Kolokotroni – Vassilikis (Monastiraki) Athens. Opening on the 1st of June 2018 at 20h30.
“Viewing, as a process and as an experience, is usually provoked by what catches our attention: initially, we see something and then we intent to look again better. This mode of operation resembles very much the concept of the story within a story or the narrative within the narrative. To what extent this condition, which is usually post-modern, may interest and concern us?
Amina Kortbi, the maker of all these paintings you see on display along the Side-way Stoa, attempts and proceeds towards an iconological imprint par excellence. She knows that the dominant feature of a Stoa is the seeing through element of it, and -since the ground level openings are fair enough- she chooses to represent particularities and variations of different windows. By this way, we all become co-participants of the very process of seeing and perhaps of observing. Yet, in this exhibition the entire optical operation is underlined by the entire set up, because it is the framing that defines and probably restrains all that an eye can see.
Therefore, we have a succession of thoughts and understandings that commences with notions, continues with the architectural elements that bind the Stoa, the paintings (that happen to be framed, too) and ends up with the specific depictions of the small and many outlines of the openings to the closed up details, along with the sudden widening of the feeble reflections or the chiaroscuro renderings.
The artist has offered a very generous commentary on an almost neglected dimension, namely that of urbanitas which surround us.
All these paintings that Amina Kortbi created, [with spread-over oil paints that give the impression of details approaching or avoiding you, with gradations of tonality that echo the daily light’s duration and with shapes and sizes that vary in accordance to the significance the painter intents to suggest to you] are extremely interesting, if not fascinating, visual counterpoints to the great Alexandrian’s poem.”
Konstantinos Basios Art Historian member of A.I.C.A., curator of the exhibition.
Photography by Iason Athanasiadis