In spring 2018, TAF/ the art foundation organised for the eighth consecutive year its annual curatorial open call. The call is addressed to young curators (up to 35 years of age) giving them the opportunity to propose a group exhibition of contemporary art, as well as a financial support to implement it at TAF's exhibition space.
The winning proposal for 2018 is the exhibition titled 'A Field Guide to Getting Lost' curated by Ismene King and Amalia Charikiopoulou. The exhibition presents works by artists Yarli Allison, Jocelyn McGregor, Minyoung Choi, Giota Papakyriakou, Eri Dimitriadi, Anna Reading, Catriona Gallagher, Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki, Maria Nikiforaki, Sofia Simaki, Eom Jeongwon, Dimitrios Skyllas and Nikos Stathopoulos.
‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’ is a unique proposition focusing on the notion of shared space where artists, curators and writers are invited to embrace and cherish those liminal states of 'not knowing', or else of ‘feeling lost'. It is a process, a research and a method of collecting materials and content that leads to the dissolvement of any sentiments of certitude and clarity. Alternately, the viewers are encouraged to reflect on states of ambiguity, doubt, and interpretation.
Next Sunday September 9th, we will have our final opportunity to 'get lost' in the exhibition at TAF. Wishing to unveil the rhetorics of longing and disoriention, during the finissage, the curators aim to activate the gallery space together with the artists by opening up a creative discussion and Q&A. In addition, we will engage in a reading of passages from Rebecca Solnit’s book 'A Field Guide To Getting Lost' - one of the main sources of inspiration for this show. Another influential publication, 'Picnic’, a semi-fictional diary about getting lost, by Jocelyn McGregor will also be included in the reading session. Following that, the artists Catriona Gallagher, Eri Dimitriadi, Sofia Simaki, Dimitrios Skyllas and Nikos Stathopoulos will present their projects.