PHoto from the exhibition De Differentia

The concept of otherness as a value is based on recognition, acceptance and respect. It requires understanding that each individual is unique; it recognizes our individual differences without discrimination. These differences may involve various aspects of our personality: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, socio-economic status, age, physical and mental abilities, language, religious and political beliefs, or other ideologies.

Yet, many societies feel aversion toward anything different. Hate for otherness seems to be at the heart of the current shift toward totalitarianism that threatens the achievements of the Enlightenment (democracy, tolerance, freedom of expression).

Awareness of this became the starting point for a debate among artists and professors of the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Thessaloniki School of Fine Arts and their students focusing on aversion to otherness. The debate inspired them to reflect on the issue in their work.

In this context, Regina Argyraki-Christodoulidi, professor of philosophy, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the school’s Dean, printmaker Xenis Sachinis, and the activist physician Yannis Mouzalas, agreed on the necessity of a cool-headed visual and verbal dialogue. This is manifested in De Differentia, an exhibition Regina Argyraki-Christodoulidi curated jointly with Jeannie Yennimata, European Studies.

The exhibition will be held at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) from 3 April to 10 May 2019. Ten professors and studio directors from the two Fine Art schools in Greece, some of the most prominent artists of the Eighties generation, and four major female contemporary artists visually convey the rejection of otherness.

Angelos Antonopoulos, Dimitris Zouroudis, Giorgos Lappas, Aphrodite Litti, Michalis Manoussakis, Kyriakos Mortarakos, Xenis Sachinis, George Skylogiannis, Giannis Fokas, Yorgos Harvalias, Grigoria Vryttia, Olga Ziro, Vicky Betsou, Spyridoula Politi, Takis Zerdevas and Makis Faros.

The exhibition will be accompanied by panel discussions exploring aspects of hatred towards otherness. Speakers include Yiannis Mouzalas, former minister of migration policy; Xenis Sachinis, Dean, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Rena Dourou, Regional Governor of Attica; Professors Angeliki  Ziaka (Islamic Studies), Giorgos Antoniou (Jewish Studies), Michalis Stathopoulos, C. Mantzavinos, Nikos Mouzelis; Zacharoula Tsirigoti, Lieutenant-General, Hellenic Police.

The exhibition is organized by the Region of Attica, the Department of Visual Arts and Applied Arts, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory, Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the Greek Philosophical Society, under the auspices of the School of Fine Arts. The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

See the exhibition catalogue

Wednesday 03/04 - Friday 10/05
09.00 - 22.00


Free admission

See also

Monday 28/01, 09:00

George Zongolopoulos: The Vision of Public Sculpture


Wednesday 15/05, 19:00

Thanassis Moutsopoulos: From Monumental Sculpture to Street Art


Tuesday 21/05, 19:00

Tassis Papaioannou: Thoughts on Architecture and the City