The Quest for Tactility

The Quest for Tactility

04 APRIL – 17 JUNE 2023

Kourd Gallery Art Talks Programm


Title: Doing Feminism: A discussion between Mariandrie and Odyicon
Speakers: Mariandrie and Odyicon
Date: Wednesday 31.05.2023
At: 19.00

In this public discussion among artists, Mariandrie will delve into the intricacies of her artistic process, offering a profound analysis of her oeuvre. She will analyze the origins of her investigation regarding the spaces female artists occupy and the art that is considered feminine. She will then unveil the preferences behind the materials she employs, such as fiber which is associated with femininity and crafting, as opposed to paint which is often depicted as fine and masculine. Mariandrie’s explorations will extend beyond her artworks, investigating gender and the in-between spaces of the binary, where concepts intertwine and new perspectives emerge.

For further exploring these points of interest, Mariandrie has invited the talented multidisciplinary artist Odyicon to join her in this discussion. Together, they will explore the process of creating through autobiographical experiences of “doing feminism”, explaining how they relate to a greater artistic and social context. Join us to gain insights into the minds of these artists and to discover the power of art as a catalyst for social reflection and transformation.

Title: A discussion on textile design in today’s Greek society
Speakers: Valia Kapeletzi and Christiana Vardakou
Date: Wednesday 07.06.2023
At: 19.00

A discussion between two artists who approach textile design from different perspectives. Join us on an evening of interactive discussion and introspection on the subject of fabric as seen in art and fashion. Christiana Vardakou, designer and expert in natural fabric dying, and experimental textile artist Valia Kapeletzi talk about the position their artistic practice occupies in today’s society. What is textile design? To what extent does textile design constitute a fleeting trend in contemporary art? How strongly is textile intertwined with Greek culture? Let’s explore all of these questions together.

Title: Tactile Drawing Experiments workshop
Workshop: Annie Riga
Date: Tuesday 13.06.2023
At: 19.00

Join us on an immersive journey to explore the textures of Kourd Gallery and its surroundings with the Tactile Drawing Experiments workshop. Using your senses of touch and sight, you’ll examine different surfaces and materials and experiment with frottage and decalcomania, two techniques employed by the early surrealists to produce unique textures in drawing. You’ll be able to combine these techniques with others and explore them freely. The workshop will begin with a brief presentation before heading outdoors for most of the drawing session. Be sure to come prepared to draw and explore in the open air. This family-friendly workshop welcomes participants of all ages, so feel free to bring your little ones along. At the end of the workshop, we’ll share our drawings and discuss our experiences. You’ll be encouraged to continue exploring the world’s textures in your own drawing practice.

The workshop will last approximately 1 hour – 1 hour 15’, with a maximum number of 20-25 participants. We lookf orward to seeing you!



The exhibition brings together a series of works such as weavings, paintings and sculptures. The main focus is a quest regarding materials and structures characterized by a sense of tactility and craftsmanship. There are several elements that compose a kind of “constructed landscape” within the gallery; textile hangings and sculptures made with organic materials and asymmetrical forms, the varied woven structures and the contrasting technique within each weave, as well as electrifying colours. A dominant concept within this environment is the female engagement and these new plastic proposals, for which the tactile constitutes both a creative pattern and a productive process.

Curator: Katerina Nikolaou
Curatorial Advisor: Eleni Varopoulou


Valia Kapeletzi

Oscillating shadowplay 1, 2018
Hand woven sculptures coloured with sublimation printing, yarns, threads and wire
160 x 100 x 40 cm.

Silvana Mc Nulty

Leaves and crocheted cotton
75 x 20 cm.


Pristine Neutrality, 2022
Rope on wood
110 x 100 x 40 cm.

Annie Rigas

Go to the wall, 2023
Acrylics and spray on canvas
140 x 30 x 100 cm.


Kourd Gallery, Athens.
2 Kassianis str.

Exhibition hours: Tuesday to Friday: 12.00 – 20.00 pm.
Saturday: 11.00 – 15.00 pm.