Love Solidarity Death (L.S.D.) | The Callas
20 years after first appearing on the scene, Aris and Lakis Ionas (The Callas) are taking over the Onassis Stegi Exhibition Hall -1 to present a hallucinatory exhibition suffused with Mediterranean psychedelia.
With this psychedelic spell of an exhibition, cast over the past, present, and future of the Greek visual arts and music scenes, The Callas are celebrating 20 years of artistic output, taking over the Onassis Stegi Exhibition Hall -1 to present new work, including their pop-folk embroideries and textiles, sculptures and installations made from cut up marble slabs that once paved Athens’ streets, paintings of working class Madonnas, crate-temples / DIY Parthenons, film screenings and happenings, and collaborations with guest contributors from the international and Greek scenes: everyone from Ian F. Svenonius to PapithedogTV.
A band, an arts duo, and brothers of course (in life and on stage), the pair always work together, and always work with their friends, from Greece and beyond, as well as with their relatives. Weaving and embroidering their “flying carpets” are none other than their mother and aunt. And the Callasettes are none other than the women by their sides – their partners, associates, and friends. Their wide-ranging, multiform oeuvre has been presented in New York, London and Paris, as well as in Athens, on Hydra, and in their village – Thermissia – which lies across from the island, on the Peloponnesian coast. It’s there, at their family farm, that they host bacchanalian, communal arts gigs, like their recent 24-hour art event held on June 21st, 2022 with the support of Onassis Culture, in anticipation of this Onassis Stegi exhibition.