Dio Horia’s #the21project was conceived as a visual art translation of the name of the hosting bar-restaurant “The Twenty One” (which is situated within the Twentyone Art Hotel) and of the hotel’s logo: twenty one punctuation symbols formed in three lines of seven red square marks each.
In the three main walls of the exhibition space, greek artist Maria Efstathiou, american artist Todd James and polish artist Honza Zamojski present 21 drawings each. Then, each of these constellations is paired with another artwork created by new york based artists Greg Bogin, Nir Hod, Matthew Palladino and greek artist Olga Migliaressi-Phoca.
By adopting and using elements of the visual identity of the hotel and the restaurant, #the21project touches on the issue of cultural appropriation in the 21st century: to what extent and under what circumstances is cultural appropriation not only inevitable, but also, potentially positive?
The interplay between each single drawing and the various constellations as a collective body echoes the ideas of oneness and connectivity through a blur.
Dio Horia is an art platform & gallery for contemporary art and culture. Inaugurated in 2015. Dio horia strives to be at the forefront of cultural experimentation both in greece and the world beyond, by presenting important solo and group shows by emerging artists. Dio horia aspires to create a more expansive audience for contemporary art that is not limited to museumgoers.
The Twenty One is a vibrant and playful bar-restaurant located within the Twentyone Art Hotel, that has become quite a hit with the hip crowd while still tapping to the sophisticated gourmets.