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(FLOOR AREA RATIO) -
The Opposite of Falling
A work by Myrto Xanthopoulou
3 137, window display
May 10 – June 10, 2021
Within the framework of the second part of the F.A.R. (Floor Area Ratio) program, 3 137’s glass facade hosts a new installation by artist Myrto Xanthopoulou.
Her work titled The Opposite of Falling covers 3 137’s windows. It is a grid made of masking tape and scotch tape; a composition of shapes and text. The materials used are secondary – familiar and ordinary, opaque but light-permeable. Light penetrates them and thus the work is transformed throughout the day. The tapes are both connections and borders, they frame and delete. The work is a comment on light, certainties and permeability, footnotes or endnotes.
Myrto Xanthopoulou’s installation is placed next to the existing interventions presented by Can Altay, Diohandi, Zoe Giambouldaki, and Kostis Velonis as part of the first installment of the F.A.R. program. Thus, the presence and coexistence of these works transforms 3 137’s outdoor space into an informal public exhibition space.
F.A.R. (Floor Area Ratio) maps the economic, cultural, and residential changes that have been taking place in the city, while giving prominence to multiple narratives and images of both the past and the future of Athens. A reference point as well as a source of inspiration, the city of Athens becomes a field of action hosting a series of artistic interventions in its public space. These interventions mainly aim at provoking the public’s imagination, while also prompting unexpected encounters with the residents of the city; consequently, these interventions aim to reveal the conceptual bonds between the material world that surrounds us and the economic models that (re)structure it.
If you want to learn more about F.A.R. (Floor Area Ratio), please click here.
F.A.R. (Floor Area Ratio) Part II was made possible with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Outset Contemporary Art Fund Greece, and Mécène / Mycenae (the membership scheme of 3 137).
About the artist
Myrto Xanthopoulou was born in Helsinki in 1981. She lives and works in Athens. She studied fine arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and art history at Deree - The American College of Athens. Her practice is characterized by the use of everyday materials, handicraft, and text. Her work comprises installations, sculptures, and drawings that attempt to articulate a poetic of the ordinary and the intimate, the unbearable and the silly. In 2020, she presented her fourth solo show in Athens titled BOUFAN [Bomber], and she has participated in various exhibitions in Greece and abroad, at museums, galleries, and independent art spaces.