For the 17th edition of the Propos d’Europe’s annual contemporary art exhibition devoted to cultural diversity in Europe, the Hippocrene Foundation in Paris, has invited Iordanis Kerenidis and Piergiorgio Pepe, collectors and founders of Phenomenon, to present a contemporary art exhibition and a program featuring a variety of events.

The Phenomenon program takes place every two years on the Greek island of Anafi and it features performances, lectures, screenings, and an art exhibition across the island. It explores questions about (in)visibility in relation to language, light, history and marginalization. Phenomenon was recently awarded the prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award for Greece.

The exhibition Multitudinous Seas questions the conditions that may enable transposing a “peripheral” project like Phenomenon to the “center” of Europe and the types of possible strategies that can destabilize binary constructs, like periphery and center, North and South, citizens and refugees. One reason that such binary oppositions are perpetuated, is that the corresponding words have been so strongly associated with each other and with their stereotypical properties – the civilized center, the lazy South, the job-stealing refugees, the entitled citizens, etc.

The project hopes to disentangle such categories from their normative associations and create differential and unstable connections, without denying the specificities, questions and needs of the places concerned.

The exhibition will present artworks by artists Ignasi Aballí, Kostas Bassanos, Alejandro Cesarco, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Detanico/Lain, Haris Epaminonda, Dora García, Mario García Torres, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Julien Nédélec, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Nina Papaconstantinou.

Dates: 15 October-16 December 2018.