SANTORINI BIENNALE 2014 – IBEX WINNERS



The Santorini Biennale Committee is proud to announce the 2014 IBEX award recipients for the 2nd edition.

We were tremendously impressed by the quality, dynamism and originality of the projects submitted, because they addressed so many important and contentious issues examining different points of view about peace, war, conflicts & controversies and acceptance of differences.

In a turbulent era in which we face radical and potentially destructive changes on so many fronts, artists of the 2nd edition played an indispensable role in suggesting possible solutions thanks to their intelligence, diligence, determination and vision.

After a 3 months exhibition of “social messages” and collecting 7082 votes from the public, the Organizing Committee is proud to announce the IBEX 2014 winners:

1st Winners: Yiota Ioannidou, Andreas Paraskeva, Andreas Makariou, Charis Paspallis, Demetris Makariou and Marouso Laouraki. ARTdeFACT Art Group from Cyprus.
Artwork title: “depARTure”, installation.

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A chess board game by Yiota Ioannidou (chessboard with animals) that turns into a battleground where the purpose is the preservation of an olive tree, a symbol of peace, through rival groups of animals lined allegorically. Lambs – pawns in the second line of confrontation, officers gray wolves for a bulky tower, elephant and the king lion at the first line.

A rough made handbag by Andreas Paraskeva referring to a child maker, traveling to an unknown country thrown out from motherland. Maybe a lost luggage from the millions of children becoming refuges in a cruel world we live in, killing the dreams and the future of the habitats of the planet earth. He used the carpet as a material to make my bag because he want to direct the viewers mind to another country foreign to ours, were the children are making these just to earn a piece of bread and work as slaves to make other people rich. Those carpets are laying in our living rooms, and we pay a fortune to own them. The drawings on the bag are a child’s view of the war, and the passport is not real, made again by the non id infant in search of a land and a name. The hope is always there, presented by the beautiful and colorful butterfly… let’s hope there will be no more wars and no more children “without an id”. He dedicates this work to the thousands of children from Syria that had to leave their country cause of the fear of war.

A peacemaker’s suitcase by Andreas Makariou presenting the Peacemaker to be the archetypical image of the Mystical-Philosopher as the Peace “Negotiator”.

A “black Box” by Demetris A. Makariou containing the period of the last 28 years, since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the year that the creator of this “Black Box” was born. More specifically, inside the Black Box there is the “Peace Manifestation” which consists of a 5-piece art work that indicates the requirements of a peaceful “State”. It ends to the “White Dove” that is shaped through a handful fist. As the fist is the Icon of the power, the revolution and strength, I used this bidirectional Icon to give the tenderness of the touch of a palm with the power of a fist. RE-action is required.

Solidarity, gentleness, respect. These are some of the contributor factors who activate and set in action the peace mechanism by Charis Paspallis. Cylinders that encompass the peace results, remain trapped, inactive and stabilized, having a very little way out that regulates the appliance adjustments. The net that holds the cylinders together, works as a see-thru entrapment, that not only blocks liberty, but also makes the solution visible and unreachable.

A baggage, an identification symbol, raises the longing to reunite a group’s life and uphold the dreams of people under the same sky, ie, people with diversities and differences but with a common starting point and same scope.

2nd Winner: David Bartholomeo from France.
Artwork: “War Games”, mini installations.

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4 mini installations of vehicles and arms (tanks, machine gun, helicopter and war planes) created with medicinals packaged all into plexiglass boxes. An assembly of capsules and cases for medicines representing a strong interrogation of the unseen role the pharmaceutical companies have on wars.

David Bartholomeo was born at Villeurbanne in 1977. David advanced for his age, as early as 13 he has mingled cuttings, collage, drawings and poems. As a prolific artist showing a sensitiveness spangled with stars he has developed a rich proteiform work in an often rough and disconcerting language intermingling painting, sculpture, performance, moulding, drawing, setting… and an anxious style always in search of meaning.

3rd Winner: Fabrizio Passarella – RETROPHUTURE from Italy.
Artwork: “The last train from occupied Europe”, video, electronic music & graphics.


A synthesis of the whole cycle “From faded slides” built-up through a great work of research and cut-up of historical material, mixed with scenes recreated on simple animation.

In this short mental film (as he prefers to think at his work, more than to a video, past and future mingle in an imaginary journey in which the protagonist is the train, crossing Europe. A land of defeat and ruins, of the Iron Curtain, of refugees, but also of its refinement and its exorbitant aesthetic inventions.

An escape to freedom and the nostalgic farewell of a fugitive. A melancholic and eerie journey through time and space, memories, impressions before and after the fall and destruction, the fleeing from a fictional but very much possible new totalitarian occupation (especially with the troubled signals coming from many parts of Europe and near East, and the silent but merciless destruction of the post-war welfare utopia after the economical crisis), in this restless battlefield of art, ideology and massacres, where every stone has a story and it is soaked with the blood of ages.

A representation of the tragic, eternal dichotomy of European history: the cyclical alternation of inconceivable ferocity and supreme refinement. The indecipherable quest for perfection and beauty, and the dark, uncontrollable self-destructive and vandalic impulse. Its extreme barbarism and civilization. Its building of and its eternal standing on, for better or for worse, mysterious barricades, as in Couperin’s poetic title.

PARTICIPATED ARTISTS

Afrodite Papadouli (Greece), Anas Homsi (Syria), Andrea Chantal Barthélémy (France), Andreas Makariou (Cyprus), Andreas Paraskeva (Cyprus), Andrew Petras (Greece), Ann CT Braunsteiner (New Zealand), Benal Dikmen (Turkey), Cella + Klaus – KNOLL, MFA Team (Honolulu, Usa), Charalampos Demetriou (Cyprus), Charis Paspalis (Cyprus), Christos Diamàntis (Greece), Daniel Kukla (Usa), David Bartholomeo (France), Demetris Makariou (Cyprus), Dimitra Skandali (Greece), Dowa Khaled Hattem (Egypt), Elena Kyrtsi (Greece), Emma Papadopoulos (Greece), Fabrizio Passarella – Retrophuture (Italy), Gulsah Mursaroglu (Turkey), Hans-Joachim Bauer (Germany), Hans-Michael Bittner (Austria), Hela Ammar (Tunisia), Eleni Tsotsorou (Greece), Immanuel Rodriguez Mazon (Mexico), Ioni Gliati (Greece), Ippokratis Alexiou (Greece), Irini Andritsi – Titania (Greece), Irini Drossou – Aerienirti (Greece), Jelena Jovancov (Montenegro), John K. Melvin (Usa), Jonathan Ikpoza (Nigeria), Julie Nakazi (Syria), Junichiro Iwase (Canada), Katerina Ioannidou (Greece), Kiki Gerontaki (Greece), Liliana Papadopoulou (Greece), Lynne Roberts – Goodwin (Australia), Marilena Argyropoulou (Greece), Marina Dimitriou (Greece), Marouso Laouraki (Greece), Nellie Gavroglou (Greece), Nikos Koulakiotis (Greece), Nirit Zer (Israel), Sha Feng (China), Sophia Tsoumaki (Greece), Yiota Ioannidou (Cyprus).

Artistic director: Kikos Papadopoulos
Curator: Gregory Frangos