Danai Giannoglou and Vasilis Papageorgiou - Enterprise Projects / Mini Mart Picnic
Housed in a former car repair garage, Enterprise Projects is the creation of Athens-based creatives Danai Giannoglou and Vasilis Papageorgiou. Born out of a need to express themselves and their perspectives on contemporary art within the specific context of Athens and the garage itself, Enterprise is among a growing number of project spaces in Athens run by young people challenging the ways contemporary art is accessed. With show titles like "The Day After the First Day" held in January to form ideas about the first days of the year, or "Not Ready Yet" which explored what it is we do when we're not ready for something (or getting ready for something else), Enterprise examines ubiquitous topics experienced by us all.
This fresh investigation is representative of Danai and Vasilis themselves; young, talented, easy-going, inquisitive. Well-traveled and well-read, with great senses of humor to match, Danai and Vasilis are constantly thinking about new ways to engage with the garage, the city, and discussions they observe in the wider art world. Their commitment to the garage and the projects explored from within its walls is a perfect example of people authentically pushing the boundaries of creativity.
Enterprise also has an element of DIY, not only because Danai and Vasilis indeed did it themselves, but also because the garage's identity is a reflection of their personal and constantly evolving creative identities, performed within the garage’s raw physical expanse. What it is and can become is an ongoing experiment with Danai and Vasilis guiding the helm.
A mini mart or street kiosk is something that could be dismissed as simple. But take a closer look and you'll see that these tiny food hubs are actually rich with edible treasures and opportunities for DIY food creations that can be enjoyed in ways that are as malleable as a show in the garage. Inside the garage we created some ‘elevated’ dishes using basic everyday staples from the neighborhood market and corner kiosk. Like a car garage, it’s all a matter of perspective, curiosity, and a little creativity.
MINI MART PICNIC
Serves 2 - 4 people
1 can dolmas
1 can/jar good quality tuna (here we used smoked tuna from a jar)
Good quality olives
1 bag plain popcorn
1 bag plain potato chips (salted, baked, regular...whatever works)
1/4 bunch dill
2 - 3 tbsp dry oregano
2 - 3 tbsp chili flakes
1 - 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 bell pepper, roughly sliced
1 small red onion, roughly sliced
1 lemon, cut into quarters
Olive oil for everything
Lots of beer
Plates and bowls for serving
FANCY CANNED DOLMAS: Put the canned dolma on a plate topped with fresh dill and lemon wedges. Enjoy!
TUNA SALAD: Add the tuna, chopped/sliced tomatoes, peppers, onions, and some olives on a plate. Drizzle with generous amount of olive oil and dash of lemon juice. Enjoy!
HERB + SPICE POPCORN & CHIPS MIX: Open the bags of popcorn and chips. In a bowl put a handful or two of the chips and popcorn in each, then swap them into the opposite bag so you have the two bags both with a mix of popcorn and chips. Add a generous 1 - 2 tbsp of chili flakes and oregano to both bags, and a drizzle of olive oil into the bag. Twist the top of the bag and shake to mix the toppings all over the popcorn and chips. Taste and add more oregano or chili to taste. Enjoy!
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