HIGH END CURATORS
▲ ▼: FEMALE FACES
Female Faces is a project addressing women’s rights through a series of female video portraits created by directors and composers from across the globe. It is an artistic and cultural dialogue in its basis, approaching aspects of the female nature from different angles and perspectives. Rather than based on strict guidelines, the project rests on the filmmakers’ perception of the female subject and their immediate relation to it. Each film is created on a collaborative basis by the director and the music composer. It is an artistic statement bringing to the fore well known as well as unaddressed issues related to socioeconomic and cultural aspects of female figures of different ages and cultural backgrounds. Upon its completion, Female Faces aims to deliver a somewhat round perspective in practice, an introspective view of art’s recognition of the female ethos and struggle, but most importantly, its strength. The anthology of the produced short films will be presented in major cities across the world in collaboration with museums, art galleries and cultural centers in the form of public installations and periodic exhibitions, while also in movie theatres and film festivals.
▲ ▼: Tokyo Lane
Tokyolane is an ethnographic documentary about Dimitris Karypidis’ journey to the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The film explores the difficulties and challenges Dimitris faces as he prepares for the most important competition in his career alongside his coach Giorgos Tyligadas.
Suffering from type III severe incomplete osteogenesis, his condition is considered one of the heaviest forms of disability.
Internationally certified by the IPC in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2014 as well as in Dublin,
▲ ▼: Anemo
During the last decades, at an increasing rate, Greek nature with its rare biodiversity is threatened with looting by governments and companies active in the energy sector. Mineral mining and the degrading and uncontrolled development of wind farms on mountains and islands all throughout the country are forcing local communities to start struggles to defend nature and their lands. Under the guise of climate change, business interests act as colonialists to indigenous peoples, using every unholy means to serve the installation of thousands of wind turbines. Environmental impact studies, by deliberately neglecting the particularities of each land and ecosystem, facilitate the construction of wind farms even in protected areas or next to traditional settlements and archaeological sites. This results in the violent intervention in mountain and island ecosystems, which has irreversible impacts on the environment and alters the natural landscape.
This is exactly the danger that threatens most islands of the special complex of Cyclades, which are characterized by a unique picturesqueness. Construction companies have landed on inhabited and uninhabited islands and islets, aspiring to turn them into floating batteries and, in a few decades, into industrial cemeteries, with their residents facing the responsibility of defending their sites. But who are these people? What are their activities? How do they communicate with each other about their common struggle? Which are these places? What is the form of these landscapes which we are never going to see again as they used to be for thousands of years if these criminal plans are carried out? What is the relationship between the people living there and the natural environment?
The ethnographic documentary “Anemo” tries to answer all these questions, by making a travelogue on some of the threatened islands, following the journey of a banner that circulates among them. Farmers, archaeologists, climbers, people in the tourism sector, artists and other inhabitants of these islands will guide us through the landscapes and we will get to know their activities in relation to their land, sea and way of life. The purpose of the film is to convey to the viewers the soundscape, the images and ideally make them imagine the smells, so that through this experience they can perceive and feel the anguish of ordinary people who are essentially fighting for life.
Rafailia is a multidisciplinary artist,athlete and researcher. She has lived in Greece, Ireland and the US and has a rich, colorful academic and artistic background ranging from mathematics to music and from sports to filmmaking. She likes to combine all of these fields together to have interesting and quirky ways of expression.
Her work has been presented in different occasions and different countries of the world. She loves to have a good run in nature and to procrastinate cleaning the house.
Anna Wilma Xilakis:
is a visual anthropologist aiming to make human right claims public. Slighting through different academic fields, from archaeology to political sciences, history and anthropology, using different mediums of expression such as music, experimental soundscapes, photography and film, she has been trying to find new ways to bridge the production of knowledge with art, in order to make research accessible to a broader audience.
Both she and her work have traveled across different countries and continents. She enjoys hiking and cheese and is a fanatic nature lover.