This exhibition was actually a part of a campaign devoted to the celebration of mental health and pet therapy, held by N.G.O. EDRA. Many are indeed the artists whose favorite pet has a prominent position in their work. Pets are seen as a reflection of self and the artwork serves sometimes as a tribute to the close relationship between them. Each artwork is accompanied by a photographic portrait of the artist and the animal.
The exhibition also hosted stories in headphones as a dierent way to present and discuss cases where animals contributed to the therapeutic procedure of people with mental health challenges. Texts, photographs and audiovisual material available to the public were shadding light to innovative programs, projects and practices around the globe.
A central happening of networking in Animal Assisted Therapy and its innovative practices was also organised and took place at the venue, accompanied by a dog walk, crafts, yoga classes with animals and a treasure hunt for our pet visitors. The event is a valuable chance for new cooperations, integration of new practices by mental health professionals and organisations, as well as a source of information for the relationship between animals and humans.
Participating Artists: Sylvia Antoylinaki, Grigoria Vryttia, Juliana Frug, Nina Kotamanidoy, Anna Lekka, Patrick Lienin, Suren Manvelyan, Shao Ming Pu, Angel Bars,Vasilis Mpotoylas, Costas Papadimitriou,Stavroula Papadaki, Panayota Staikoy, Eri Skyrgianni, Kelly Chozoy, Christina Christidoy, Elke Vogelsang.
Exhibition Curator: Maritina Kontaratou, Culture Department, K.S.D.E.O. EDRA.
Here are the informational material of the festival….