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All about sleep

THE ‘Hypnos Project’ (or ‘Sleep Project’) at the Onassis Cultural Centre is one of those conceptual adventures of explorative nature that go well beyond just being about art. And seeing as we are getting less of it these days, due to the escalating problems of this country that are keeping us awake at night, maybe it’s timely in an ironic sense, that this exhibition pays tribute to what we lack most generally in contemporary society – (sleep). At the core of this many-sided project, is a show presenting the work of 50 Greek artists – both historical masters such as Lytras, Parthenis, Jakobides, Tsarouchis, but also contemporary greats such as Papadimitriou, and Sachpazis. The curators  – among them Yiorgos Tzirtzilakis and Theophilos Tramboulis – have clothed part of the show in black, creating a dark labyrinthine space  which aims to make you lose your sense of ‘here and now’, as is the case when you are asleep. The ‘Hypnos’ project also extends to the grounds of the Onassio Library across the road, where part of the art exhibition is also being hosted. Many performances, sleepovers, a pyjama party on all floors of the Onassis Cultural Centre, all-night film screenings, talks on art, psychology and more, a sleep clinic (the recorded material of which will be transformed afterwards into art), are also comprised in this grand sleep pot pourri of sorts. Particularly interesting for English speakers, will be the talk by psychoanalyst and President of London’s Freud Museum, Dany Nobus on May 16, at 7pm. (For more info check the website: The ‘Hypnos Project’ runs till June 19.

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