THE BIENNALE OF SANTORINI
The Santorini Biennale is the idea of artist, designer and economist Kyriakos Papadopoulos; supported significantly by many Santorinian and foreign entities. The idea for a meeting of artists from around the world in Santorini was born in 2001, when he first began to carefully observe the richness of this dramatic island.
«The relation between the tradition and how it gets involved into our modern “aesthetics machine”, the local social psychology, the dramatic beauty of the island and the local economy can indicate us how to open new ways of living and thinking. History, myth, architecture, the island’s traditions, the original significance of folk art, the customs and colours prove the island is positively animated by its people and their relationship to time and place. These factors, intertwined, give rise to a whole set of ideas – a ‘cabinet of thoughts’ if you like. Like Pandora’s box from the era of myth and legend, it consumes my imagination. An exhibition of the multi-disciplinary arts might embody and contain a set of cultural messages that could positively influence all of our futures – presenting something new and immeasurably exciting» says Biennale founder Kyriakos Papadopoulos.