Vida Evenson: “Chris Barjoka has done a beautiful thing by giving us a way to connect with anyone who comes to experience this exhibit”

Υποδεχόμαστε το Φεβρουάριο του 2021 με πρωτοποριακό project της ΕΠΙΜΟΝΗΣ ΤΕΧΝΗΣ το οποίο πρότεινε και επιμελείται η καλλιτέχνις Χρύσα Μπαρζόκα.
Στο πρότζεκτ γνωστοί καλλιτέχνες απ’ όλη την Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό θα εκθέτουν με έργα στραμμένα προς την κρυστάλλινη βιτρίνα έτσι ώστε οι θεατές να μπορούν να θαυμάσουν δημιουργίες από τον εξωτερικό αύλειο χώρο – στο κλίμα της εποχής… Η έκθεση θα βρίσκεται εκεί όλο τον Φεβρουαριο επιμένοντας να συγκεντρώνει την προσοχή και την συναισθηματική φόρτιση του θεατή.

What does your participation in the glass stand at Nea Paralia symbolize for you? This is such an unusual time for all of us globally.  We are confined into our personal space and this makes it very easy to confine our hearts and our minds.  We are disconnected.  I feel blessed to be a part of this exhibit and to help nurture someone else’s heart and mind who comes to experience the artwork displayed here. I consider it a great honor to be able to give the sympathetic resonance of visual art that cannot be confined in any space for all to enjoy.

How do you think this initiative can affect viewers at this time? Chris Barjoka has done a beautiful thing by giving us a way to connect with anyone who comes to experience this exhibit.  We are all wrapped up in our own fears during this pandemic and this initiative… this offering… is a means for anyone to receive a positive, light-filled breath of fresh air and to take a moment to rest in the visual playground laid before them. 

PERSISTENT ART can suggest an alternative way to deal with an impending dystopia? Is there a need for new artistic activities and practices in the age of the virus? Through this exhibit, Epimoni Techni rides on the forefront of alternative ways to keep us all connected.  I find this imperative for all of us to move towards a more loving consciousness.  It is said we have stepped into the age of Aquarius, which is the era of greater connectedness between us.  On another level this means we have moved into the balancing Anahata or Heart Chakra realm.  From “me” to “we”.  The only way out of any pandemic is through love and nurturing the act of connecting to others.  This exhibit, this sympathetic resonance through visual art, is a way for all of us to extend our hands and hearts to each other.  It is a way for us to nurture and support anyone who is in need of that breath of fresh air. 

Thessaloniki over the years do you feel that it embraces artists? I live in Ammouliani so I have little personal experience of how Thessaloniki supports her artists, but I do believe that there is a rich underlying current that feeds the creative flow throughout the city.  You can find it anywhere because it is in the people.  I think it has to do with the personal element of the city, it is small in its physical form, yet vast in the etheric. This part of Greece, for me, is rich in artistic expression.  Walking through the city and along Nea Paraleia from Megaro Musikis to the port you can feel it. If you center yourself and open to the more abstract realms you can feel the artistic pulse throughout the city like sound waves. For example, we can hear music through our headphones and radios, but we experience the sound waves throughout our entire being. These sound waves are the creative flow I’m talking about and anywhere this creative flow is nourished, as Epimoni Techni has done through this initiative, there will always be this sympathetic resonance connecting each and every one of us throughout this unique city.