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Exploring one “Inner” Self
The Exhibit

One starts looking at the works of Ioanna Kafida following a 180 degree course. I was fortunate to have been guided by the artist personally at the Gavras gallery,where her new exhibition entitled “Modulation” is currently on display. I had started viewing the paintings from the end when she remarked “ It begins here.”

The exhibit is a voyage of exploration. One may merely enjoy the expressionism of this talented and young woman's painting,that passionately unfold the myths of her imagination. It appears nevertheless that there is a entire history beneath the surface,where Magnesian landscapes of her birthplace,compose nature in a free mixture.

The exhibition is a self-understanding voyage with aura of 19th century literary symbols,boats,rivers, the tree of life,the bird,the horizon,the fish and the dream. It is both condensation and freedom simultaneously ,as Ioanna Kafida takes a child by the hand right before puberty and delivers it to the tormenting magic of exploration. For me it was like a comment of my personal trek,combined with the unique tracking. Nevertheless the codes are common,legible and finally surprisingly seductive.

Nikos Vatopoulos
Kathimerini, 8 Dec 2010


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