“Memory Mapping” at Cine Trianon /Interview


Interview by Marietta Kontogianni for JEWELRYbox magazine





Kalliopi Andrikopoulou

“Memory mapping”
Solo exhibition
Duration: 3-10/5/2017
Visiting Hours/Meet the Artist: 19.00-22.00
Cine Trianon, 21 Kodrigktonos Str & 101 Patission Av.Athens, Greece

An amazing, inspiring exhibition, a wonderful journey around the world.

Nautical charts, cargo ships, cities as memory stations in the form of brooches, earrings, pendants and monoprints. The smell of tobacco and Chios mastic gum, precious silver, woods from boat wrecks, sea and salt.

Kalliopi Andrikopoulou‘s “Memory Mapping” contemporary jewelry and objects solo exhibition, curated by ZLR Betriebsimperium Hamburg (Christoph Ziegler+Loukia Richards), is on view till the 10th of May at the foyer of Cine Trianon -a place related to the mind travels anyway. And it is a lot more than a simple art show. It is an invitation to a journey around the world, through the sensitive and emotional storytelling of the talented artist.

Kalliopi Andrikopoulou is a jewelry artist and a teacher. She was a co-founder in 2007 and the latest director of SYN APEIRON, an alternative jewelry school that unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore.

She also has the talent to tell inspiring stories. Jewelry stories based on real or imaginary maps, which show she is a person with a synthetic way of thinking, who knows how to conflate narration with an interactive game and fantasy with the emotions that come from her personal life experiences. She makes the viewer-listener, and ultimately wearer of her jewelry, become her travel companion in the journey of her own life.

Personally speaking, I have to admit that during my “travelling” with Kalliopi, I wasn’t quite sure if I was visiting an exhibition or watching a film at the cinema’s nearby projection room. The only thing I know is that I let myself go, I relaxed and I had a great time!

Our voyage began from the former commercial port of Kardamila, on the north of the Aegean island of Chios, place of origin for Kalliopi’s family. We “embarked” in a miniature cargo ship-pin inspired by its hatches, made of silver and painted in the colors of rust. Anchored in the middle of a large nautical world chart, it waited for us to “steer” our course with a pen and a ruler. Kalliopi invites me to become a ship-owner. I can buy a ship, name it, chose a cargo and set it off to its virgin voyage. This is an interactive game Kalliopi created to soothe the memory of the pain she was feeling, due to the absence of her parents, when they were on voyage in cargo ships. “I was looking on the globe to see where my parents might be”, she says. And just before we leave the “port” she shows me a collage of family pictures and tells me the story of her family: Both her mother and father, her grandpa and great-grandparents, all were seamen and had been scouring the seven seas for years. Their lives, as well as the life of Kalliopi and her brother, who were longing for their parent’s returning from their voyages around the world, are all salty.

Kalliopi herself has travelled around the world 3 times as a kid, while on a cargo ship with her parents for 14 months! “I don’t remember a lot of things, though, only smells. That’s why all through my life I am longing to travel and get to know cities and people around the world”.

And then she starts showing me the jewelry maps she has created inspired by places that left a permanent trace in her memory, when she grew up and started doing her own trips worldwide. She has a different story to tell for each jewelry map. On the necklace-map called “Kardamila” she shows me her mother’s and her father’s houses. “They both come from the same village” she explains to me. The other necklace-map called “Mainz” reminds her that this city changed her whole life. It was after staying there through the Erasmus exchange program that she decided to give up a Lawyer’s career- having graduated from the Law School of the University of Athens- to become a jeweler. She then studied at Mokume jewelry school in Athens and later on she took specific courses at the Alchimia Jewellery School of Florence. On the brooch-map called “Keramikos” she shows me where “Syn Apeiro” was.

Her memories are bittersweet like life itself. They make me feel excited and really touch my heart. But we don’t stop here. We keep on going and now Kalliopi is showing me a series of imaginary maps. Maps of cities she doesn’t have the slightest memory of and of imaginary places without names. Her intention is to let the viewers imagine and name the place they want to travel to.

And then we go back in the real world once again , in cities like New York, London, Munich, and Cordoba. Kalliopi remembers her trip to Spain. She visited Spain as a backpacker with a friend of hers and they travelled around the Iberian Penisnula, eating only “plastic cheese and tomato” for a month! At this point, I remember my own travels to Spain, a country I love deeply. A flamenco melody comes out of the cinema’s loudspeakers. Kalliopi keeps on showing me jewelry inspired by Spanish cities and both our memories are getting mixed up together.

In the end, I am holding an imaginary map-monoprint of Terragona in one hand and a postcard with the 5 year old Kalliopi on a cargo ship, in the other. Then I find myself writing in an authentic Captain’s Journal, putting down my impressions of this amazing travel, a real aspiration of the soul, that just ended. Or did it just begin?

The exhibition is part of the art series “One Artist A Week/Artist In Residence at Cine Trianon” which is organised in the context of the “Victoria Square Project” by US artist Rick Lowe for
#Documenta14Athens. Don’t miss it!




“Memory mapping” Solo exhibition/ Invitation


“Memory mapping”
Kalliopi Andrikopoulou
3-10 May
Cine Trianon Athens and ZLR Betriebsimperium Hamburg Christoph Ziegler+Loukia Richards)have the pleasure to host Kalliopi Andrikopoulou’s solo show “Memory mapping” opening on the 3rd of May at 7 pm.
The art series “One Artist A Week/Artist In Residence at Cine Trianon” is part of the “Victoria Square Project” by US artist Rick Lowe for Dokumenta 14 Athens.


Myths 2016 – Test Drive

“Myths 2016 – Test Drive”
 JEWELLERY AS SHAREWARE or Do not let Erisychthons rule over the earth!
The hubris of king Erisychthon is the source of inspiration for the exhibition “Myths 2016 – Test Drive” opening on Wednesday 24 February at Platform during Munich Jewelry Week. The king of Thessaly destroys Demeter’s holy forest to build a new palace for his banquets. He is cursed by the earth goddess to suffer insatiable hunger. Erysichthon sells all his possessions to buy food and ends up eating his own flesh.
“Myths 2016 – Test Drive” is a mobile jewelry art exhibition focusing on Share Economy and promoting more environmentally conscious patterns of consumption. The show takes place inside a trailer-turned-into-a-gallery stationed in down town Munich during the city’s Jewelry Week aka “Schmuck”.
All artworks are made with organic or recyclable material or have used energy/capital saving techniques such as innovative 3D Printing or old fashioned assemblage or objet trouve in their making. These techniques address the issue of shortage, re-use, lack of capital to invest on precious raw materials, as well as environmental issues many designers have to confront in their daily art practice.
“Myths 2016 – Test Drive” also reflects upon the teachings of “zero capital” Fourth Industrial Revolution a la J.Rifkin and reverberates the practices of Swarm/Sharing/Swaping movements which are extremely popular in Germany right now.
Interaction with the public plays a crucial role in the project. All exhibition items can be borrowed for one or more days for a „test drive“ through the city. Visitors are encouraged and rewarded through various incentives and perks to post their photos and experiences in the social media.
“Myths” is a series of exhibitions on the art medium jewellery which are curated by Loukia Richards and Christoph Ziegler.
Updated versions of Greek myths are used to suggest viable ways to deal with contemporary issues.
“Myths 2016 -Test Drive” is under the auspices of The General Consulate of Greece in Munich, and takes place in cooperation with Platform Munich and the Urbane Farm/The Bauhaus Foundation Dessau. It is sponsored and supported by Hüttenpalast Hotel Berlin, Spotted by Locals, Pablo&Paul online gallery Munich, DerGugl Munich, The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Nafplio, The Needle Files UK, mastihashop Greece, The Mastic Producers Association of Greece, Galerie Entwurf Direkt Hamburg.

“Myths 2016 – Test Drive” participants are:Joanne Haywood (UK)/ Judith Schwendener (NL)/ Dita Antonopoulou (GR)/ Lital Mendel Jewlery Design (ISR)/ Yolande Duchateau Contemporary Jewlery (BE)/ Nolia Shakti (NL)/ Anne Dinan (USA)/ T Squared (ISR)/ Eugenia Feroussi (GR)/ Linda Savineau (BE)/ Marion Delarue Contemporary Objects (FR)/ EDELPLAST – Billie Van Nieuwenhuyzen (BE)/ Kalliopi Andrikopoulou Syn Apeiro (GR)/ Juan Harnie (BE)/ Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst (DE)/ Eleftheria Spantidaki (GR)/ Martijntje Cornelia (NL)/ Christoph Ziegler (DE)/ Loukia Richards (GR/UK).

Opening:  24. February, 6.00-9.00 p.m. at Platform München, Kistlerhofstrasse 70, Building 60 / 3. Floor
Eugenia Feroussi will perform “Silent Code” and Christoph Ziegler will perform “Hessiod’s Cosmic Egg”.
Both performances reflect upon the origins and vital meaning of jewelry.
EXHIBITION:   25.2. – 1.3.2016  2.00-8-00 pm
The exhibition trailer will be stationed in various parts of Munich.
You may find our daily schedule at  www.testdrive2016.tk

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