Color in the water 9: 'Epoché'

Curator Paris Kapralos and Chili Art Gallery (13-15 Dimofontos Street, Thissio), in collaboration with visual artists specializing in watercolor from Greece and abroad, invite you to visit the exhibition “Watercolor 9 | Epoché,” which will run until Saturday, June 15th, as a physical exhibition in Athens and will continue in its current online format until early September 2024.

The exhibition, exploring the ambiguity of the word “Epoché” in Art and Philosophy, marks the 9th installment of the “Watercolor” series aimed at showcasing contemporary watercolor in Greece.

The most common and familiar meaning of the word ‘Epoch’ refers to the four seasons of the year: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. However, it can also refer to a historical period with distinct characteristics, cultural trends, or socio-political conditions – for example, we speak of the ‘Bronze Age’ or the ‘Enlightenment Era.’ Equally, it is included in more contemporary expressions, referring to any period characterized by common conditions, such as the ‘Internet Age’ or the ‘era of globalization.’ Additionally, it can be used on a more personal level, where the ‘age of youth’ or ‘age of maturity’ is referenced. In common parlance, it adds a more abstract dimension, referring to a moment of particular significance, such as in the phrase ‘the age of great change.’ The word ‘Epoch’ derives from the ancient Greek verb ‘ἐπέχειν’ (epéchein), which literally means ‘to hold back,’ ‘to restrain,’ or ‘to suspend,’ carrying the meaning of suspension or cessation, with different meanings depending on the context. For example, in Stoic philosophy, ‘Epoché’ was associated with the suspension of judgment or opinion, a central concept for the practice of self-restraint. From the Stoics, it passed the baton to the modern era in Husserl’s phenomenology theory – a process – according to this theory – that aims to suspend prejudice: it is the technique through which the subject avoids the automatic acceptance of external phenomena as objective truth, facing reality from a more impartial perspective. The process of Epoché aims to free man from prejudice and pave the way for a deeper and more authentic understanding of human experience.

Exhibition with physical presentation of the works in Athens.

Hours/Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 – 18:00, Thursday 12:00 – 19:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00. Closed on Monday, Sunday. Free admission.


Participating Artists

Contributing artists to the exhibition include: Alia Corm, Spyros Beis, Foti Kllogjeri, Olga Barmazi, Suzanne Elsermans-Chaviaras, Maria Zavitsanou, Yana Liubarska, Jenani Grigorpoulou, Gino Wong, Nikiforos Tsekouras, Nikos Tzermiadianos, Kirsikka Soustiel, Marki Kalatzi, Loukia Konstantinou, Katerina Vasileiou, Marianna Xidia – Mentzelopoulou, Zoe Siani, Grigoris Loukas.

About the Curator

Paris Kapralos is an Art Curator, Founder & Coordinator of the ARC – Art Revisited Collective, and co-publisher of Arts & Antiques CCR. Born in 1975 and raised in Athens, where he currently lives and works, he is active internationally. From 2008 to 2022, he resided in Northern Greece. He studied Economics in Athens and Graphic Arts in Staffordshire, England. Paris worked as a journalist specializing in Technology for economic newspapers, magazines, and online news agencies (1999-2006), as an Organizational Manager and executive in organizing business conferences in the IT and Telecommunications sectors (Infocom, Greek ICT Forum, 2004-2011), and changed professional direction towards the Arts in 2011. He collaborated with the Myrό Group (Myrό Gallery, Myrό Antiques House, Greek Marble Initiative, 2011-2017). Since 2018, he has worked independently as an Organizer and Curator of art exhibitions and events. He served as the representative of the Greek Chapter of the International Watercolor Society IWS (International Watercolor Society) from 2019 to 2022, and in October 2022, he assumed the position of Development Director at ARTgrID, alongside his other activities. He has curated and organized more than 150 exhibitions, art initiatives, projects, and participations within and outside Greece. Discover more HERE.