“THE SANTORINI BIENNALE OF ARTS”
Categories: Art Installation, Ceramic Art, Collage Art, Comic Art, Drawing, Short Film, Glass Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Painting, Paper Art, Photography, Sculpture, Short Film, Video Art, and a Song Competition.
Our theme for 2012 is The Past. History, Time, Memory or Nostalgia: How do you define your relationship with The Past? How do people you have met in the past, all of your experiences, your memories, affect you in the present? Might they subconsciously or even explicitly influence your future? We as individuals each carry forward our own past as ‘vessels’. If everything about the present moment is determined by the past, then, when collectively imagining our future, we ignore the lessons of the past at our peril.
The idea for a meeting of artists from around the world in Santorini was born in 2004, when I first began to carefully observe the richness of this dramatic island, says Biennale founder Kikos Papadopoulos.
History, myth, architecture, the island’s traditions, the original significance of folk art, the customs and colours prove the island is positively animated by its people and their relationship to time and place. These factors, intertwined, give rise to a whole set of ideas – a ‘cabinet of thoughts’ if you like. Like Pandora’s box from the era of myth and legend, it consumes my imagination. An exhibition of the multi-disciplinary arts might embody and contain a set of cultural messages that could positively influence all of our futures – presenting something new and immeasurably exciting for the inaugural Santorini Biennale of Arts.