13,700,000 km3

04/ 08 / 2019 - 20 / 10 / 2019 Art Space Pythagorion, Samos.

The exhibition 13,700,000 km3 explores the socio-political undercurrents of the Mediterranean Sea, taking as its starting point the location of the Schwarz Foundation's venue – Art Space Pythagorion – on the Greek island of Samos, at the fringes of Europe. The Mediterranean basin, a major component of the Earth's ecosystem, is in the midst of major environmental, social, economic and geo-political shifts, which transcend its geographic limitations. It was, and still is, an extraordinary melting pot in the history of humanity and civilisation: numerous wars, conquests, and expeditions have taken place in — or because of — its waters.

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Young Greek Photographers 2010-2018  Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Athens Photo Festival, Maria Mavropoulou, Contemporary Photography, Greece

Young Greek Photographers 2010-2018

18 / 04 / 2019 - 25 / 09 / 2019 Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.

The artistic concerns, orientations and explorations of the new generation of Greek photography are highlighted in the exhibition “Young Greek Photographers | 2010-2018″, which opens on Thursday 18 April 2019, 20:00, at MOMus – Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, co-organised with the Hellenic Centre of Photography.
This exhibition presents part of the work of 32 contemporary artists whose common ground is their participation in the recent editions of the established annual exhibition “Young Greek Photographers” during 2010–2018.

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FOR EVER MORE IMAGES Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece, maria mavropoulou


09 / 04 / 2019 - 22 / 04 / 2019 Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

The project #ForEverMoreImages?” is an exhibition, an interactive cybermachine that creates a series of time-capsules, as well as a series of talks which invite us to examine the way we produce, perceive and interpret the images of the 21st century.

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Anatomy  of Political Melancholy, Schwarz Foundation, ATHENS CONSERVATORY, depression era, athens, greece


28 / 02 / 2019 - 13 / 04 / 2019 Athens Conservatory

The Schwarz Foundation is pleased to announce its first major exhibition in Athens, following the opening of the Foundation’s Art Space on the island of Samos in 2012. The exhibition, entitled Anatomy of Political Melancholy, probes the increasing and widespread loss of faith in politics and politicians today.

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17 / 01 / 2019 - 17 / 02 / 2019 Slought, Philadelphia, USA

Slought is pleased to announce Photography in Crisis: Depression Era, 2011-2019, a retrospective exhibition presenting the Depression Era project, a collective lens-based arts project based in Athens, Greece whose work engages the so-called "Greek crisis" and its aftermath. During this time, Allan Sekula's "Waiting for the Tear Gas" (1999) will also be on view as a companion piece to the exhibition.

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30 under 30 women photographers 2018 Maria-Mavropoulou


13 / 12 / 2018 - 06 / 01 / 2019 at Maison de la Photographie, Lille, France

Founded in 2010 by Photo Boite, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers has help emerging, mid-career, as well as some accomplished women photographers to gain further exposure and participate in the collective among peers.


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Kastaniotis-Photo-graphe-Benaki-Museum, Maria Mavropoulou


28 / 11 / 2018 - 05 / 01 / 19 at Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

Photo-graphé, by employing literature and images as guides to one another, does not only evoke questions on the relationship between viewer, participant and storyteller, but is also able to consider those issues through the lens of inter-disciplinarity, via the interactive experience taking place, between the cross-sectioning of their interpretive capacities.

This exhibition is possible due to the occasion of Kastaniotis Editions’ 50 years anniversary.

curated by Maria Nikolacopoulou

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30 under 30 women photographers 2018 Maria-Mavropoulou


08/ 11 / 2018 - 02 / 12 / 2018 at Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris, France

Founded in 2010 by Photo Boite, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers has help emerging, mid-career, as well as some accomplished women photographers to gain further exposure and participate in the collective among peers.


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Unseen Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP Maria-Mavropoulou

Unseen Amsterdam CO-OP 2018 / Depression Era collective

21 / 09 / 2018 - 23 / 09 / 2018 Westergasfabriek Klönneplein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Depression Era is one of the selected collectives to be part of the Unseen Amsterdam's program element CO-OP, curated by Lars Willumeit. The project to be presented entitled "The Tourists" imposes a subversive tourism campaign that refers to the current wave of refugees, mass migration and the simultaneous increase of tourism in the Mediterranean.

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cosmonauts of inner space, National Observatory, Greece, Maria Mavropoulou

Cosmonauts of Inner Space

08 / 06 / 2018 - 22 / 06 / 2018 National Observatory of Athens, Greece

The National Observatory of Athens is pleased to present the group exhibition Cosmonauts of Inner Space featuring Greek, Belgian and International artists, scientists and researchers, covering a wide media spectrum, including Interactive Installations, Artificial Intelligence, Painting, Sculpture and more. 

curated by Spyros Verykios

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Open Studios 2018, Master in Fine Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts, Maria Mavropoulou

Open Studios 2018

03 / 05 / 2018 - 05 / 05 / 2018 Master in Fine Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece.

For second consecutive year, the postgraduate students of the Visual Arts department, open the door of their studios to the public for three days, this year for the first time in collaboration with the postgraduate students of the Theory and History of Art department of the Athens School of Fine Arts. This is an initiative of the students, for a joint collaboration between the two postgraduate departments of the School, which aims to create a fruitful dialogue between the artistic process and the curatorial practice.

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The Vision of Saint Void

22/ 11 / 2017 - 19 / 01 / 2018 Depo Darm Gallery, Athens, Greece.

The exhibition "The Vision of Saint Void" brings together works by 14 Greek and Cypriot artists that deal with the perception of reality as a layered experience—an experience which in many cases cannot be experienced to the same depth by everyone and whose internal truths are to a great extent unspeakable and inexplicable.

curated by Kiriakos Spirou

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Culturescapes festival, ''The Tourists'' campaign by Depression Era

20 / 10 / 2017 - 21 / 01 / 2018 Antikenmuseum Basel, Switzerland

In Antikenmuseum, the group show titled “The decline of heroes” intervenes into the part of permanent collection of Anikenmuseum, called «The Greeks and Their World». This exhibition shows ideals and identities shaken and shocked by multiple crises that hit the country and made it yet again face its history. Should there be heroes at all? Where does this urge to find someone to put on the burden and the responsibilities of changing this inadequate world come from? What if we are entering a whole new different world now — the world without the heroes? A world, where no one can save anyone anymore?

curated by Kateryna Botanova

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Local Stories

29 / 09 / 2017 – 11 / 11 / 2017 DL gallery, Athens, Greece.

curated by Nina Kassianou

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Taking Roots, thessaloniki international film festival 2017 Maria Mavropoulou

Taking Roots 58th International Film Festival of Thessaloniki

02 / 11 / 2017 - 12 / 11 / 2017 Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Since this year’s selection of films that participate in the International Competition section was inspired by «The Need for Roots» by the French philosopher Simone Weil, one of the 20th century’s most iconic books, the Festival commissioned 14 young Greek artists to watch one film each from the competition section and produce an artwork inspired by it. TIFF director and curator of the exhibition Orestis Andreadakis described it as the heart of this year’s Festival. “It is this year’s experiment, and aims at looking at cinema from a different angle.

curated by Orestis Andreadakis

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found & lost exhibition Float Gallery athens, Void, Maria Mavropoulou

Found & Lost

13 / 06 / 2017 - 19 / 06 / 2017 Float gallery, Athens, Greece.

(Float.) and Void are pleased to invite you to the completion event of their collaborative project “Found & Lost” that will be taking place between the 13th and 16th of June in (Float.) gallery. For this first collaboration between (Float.) and Void, the gallery’s walls and floor will be transformed into a live and pulsating editing table. In the end, a publication will be produced out of this gallery-size editing space.

curated by Void. Athens

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and the work of our hands exhibition artwall athens maria mavropoulou

And the Work of Our Hands

05 / 05 / 2017 - 29 / 05 / 2017 ArtWall, Athens, Greece.

Springing from the distinction that philosopher Hanna Arendt makes in her work The Human Condition between labour and work (“the labour of our bodies and the work of our hands”), the exhibition’s concept is to reveal the microscale on which the artistic hand operates, as well as the fragile, organic process out of which a work of art emerges.

curated by Kiriakos Spirou

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Young Greek Photographers 2016  Athens Photo Festival

09 / 06 / 2016 - 31 / 07 / 2016 Benaki museum, Athens, Greece.

Young Greek Photographers is an annual juried exhibition that seeks to promote Greek talented artists to be exhibited and introduced to a wide audience and network of photography professionals. This edition’s call received over 750 submissions from young artists from Greece and abroad, from which 16 were selected as 2016 Young Greek Photographers.

curated by Manolis Moresopoulos

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5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art Depression Era

5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art Depression Era

23 / 06 / 2015 - 30 / 09/ 2015 Thessaloniki, Greece.

The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art under the title “Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will’’ will take place from June 23, 2015 to September 30, 2015. Forty-four artists and the collective group Depression Era, from 25 countries all around the world will show their artworks, new and old productions.

curated by Katerina Gregos

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Depression Era project

06 / 11 / 2014 - 11 / 01 / 2014 Benaki museum, Athens, Greece.

The exhibition “Depression Era” depicts the urban and social landscape of the crisis. It is a mosaic of different narratives and ideas, a collective documentation of the traumatic transformation of the crisis, through images and texts. For the past three years, 36 artists, writers, architects, journalists, and researchers have been collaborating, actively engaging in political, social and aesthetic dialogue. The result has been the creation of an artistic “archive” constantly processing the reality of an era. 

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