The Project Gallery in co-ordination with Cube Gallery, hosts an optimistic, artful to welcome the coming of spring, the ongoing art project Invisible Cities | Continuous Cities. A project that started, in September of 2020, as a photographic one under the title Invisible Cities and presented at Cube Gallery, as its sequel, too, on autumn of 2021. On the 25th of February 2022, in the hospitable space of The Project Gallery is presented the continuity, under our common desire, for magical wanderings, in the cities of the world.
Liana Zoza, curator, writes: “Although the subsequent year after the project, was particularly difficult, not only for the field of art, but also for travelling, amid a global pandemic, did not prevent us from “meeting” and organizing the sequel of Invisible Cities. We desired to see our Invisible Cities to grow, with the participation of more photographers and visual artists, located in different cities around the world, who would present their own images and through their eyes the horizons would broaden for journeys of the mind.
The title Invisible Cities | Continuous Cities certainly refers to Italo Calvino and his book of the same title, without restricting or giving directions to the participants, but instead creating meeting points, in cities that one could never detect, except on some imaginary map of fantasy and memory. Like the ingenious creator of the literary Invisible Cities, who creates elaborate patterns that lead to new paths, sparking the reader’s imagination, in the same way, the coexistence of different images, leads the viewer to discover the landscapes, urban or not, transformed from real to imaginary and vice versa, as simultaneously, creating a multicultural kaleidoscope.
Believing that the peculiar perception of the image of an Invisible City, could not be imprinted merely through the photographic lens, and wanting to create an even more interesting result, through the coexistence of visual differences, we decided to involve, more artists and a film-director, who approached the project in their own way.
As wandering spectators in Invisible Cities | Continuous Cities, among passers-by, lighted windows, abandoned buildings, illuminated signs and perpetual sounds, we hear the traveler Marco Polo narrate to the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan: “Invisible Cities are a dream created in the center of those cities, where life is practically impossible.”
Makis Kyriakopoulos, co-curator of the project, writes: “Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, create cities that do not exist, developing a narrative that tackles a range of issues, ranging from documenting the course of culture, to exploring the limits of communication. The novel narrates stores of imaginary structures that give us a great starting point for exploring the expansions of the cities we live in today can have. In Parallel to reality, “invisible cities” reveals structures that we could not imagine before. One cannot help but think of the multiple, invisible digital structures- networks that have been built around us, infrastructures that are as numerous as the inhabitants of this planet. New Systems offer a world that is partially virtual and partially natural, multiple augmented structural parts of the ordinary physical world around us, with virtual objects that, while interacting closely with us and with each other, maintain their autonomy (individual identity and behavior), blurring the boundaries of the physical world.”