If someone asked me what exactly is it that I am trying to say through my work, I would impulsively answer: ‘’I am trying to resurrect the child!’’ Or better yet: ‘’I am searching for the child’s home!’’
- Vagelis Pappas
Art is usually defined as a linear progression in time. It stems from the timeless commercialism of art, but could potentially trap and disorientate the artist. The original creation is not governed by concepts of Time or Space. Spirituality, which is the dominant source of expression is experienced through the Way of living art. And this methodology has never been decoded through sterile linear progression. The Artist is a multifaceted entity. Past, present and future are non-objective concepts, space and time exist in many ways at the same time, or they could no longer exist, whilst visual art is not formed as a continuation and consequence of Art History but as an affecting factor. Contemporary art - when defined as the offspring of Modernism in the 20th century - is false and quickly forfeited. The only way to survive is to set a personal testimony of truth, that functions an identity, a quirky and unique statement. Taken into consideration the melting pot that we are living in one can only imagine how difficult this could be. Nevertheless my practice respects this globalized conception of perceiving the world around us as an enriching experience but at the same time it rejects the homogenization and gradual eradication of local culture. Respecting above all the unfathomable urge to create mystical shapes and forms of Greek heroes as a counter action to a world continuously interrupted by crisis Form and consequently leading to stasis.
“Restart” - A comment in search of Greekness in the early 21st century.
The Greek appears as a mirror for each viewer that wants to stand in front of those pieces. Those Greeks are called just like us: Helen, Cleopatra, Andreas, Alexander, Constantine, Andromache, Pavlos, Dimitris, Georgios... and yet they are different from us, and yet they reveal something to us. It is perhaps the ideal of an integrated Form, and at the same time the deformation of a relentless obsession towards our self-destruction. It’s what we call: Awkwardness. Or in other words, a struggle for a change, but without having the outcome of the fight. Victory or defeat? Admittedly this Restart of the Greeks simply explains – perhaps even historically - the fact, but not the Epic Poem...
The heroes of the paintings, sometimes humble, other times huge, urge us to link our past to our future, asking us to participate, judging ourselves for who we are and what we do today. The sturdy compositions and dynamic brushstrokes reveal the artist’s intention to reach perfection through their own internal process. Art should awaken and ennoble !
- Athanasios Theotokis
Mr. Dimitris Stamoulakis graduated with a Bachelor Degree of International and European Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Studies in Athens and then got an MBA in Marketing and International Business from Pace University in New York. Afterwards he spent one year as a research and teaching fellow at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is a Member of BGS, Honor Business Society, and ODE, Honor Society of Economics.
In early 2010 he started working for TYRAS Group SA and he was sent as an expatriate to the new subsidiary of the company in New York, USA, where he spent the next 3 years of his life. In 2014 he started working with the leading export company, Septona SA.
But the dream in the eyes of Dimitri was to create his own company with main focus and orientation the sales outside Greece. He had a long time before realized that Exports have become for Greek companies the "key" to ensure sustainability, growth and profitability. The right choice of markets - targets is for businesses and their executives, the first "headache." USA or China? Russia or the United Arab Emirates? Japan or Germany? By what criteria should they choose the destination countries? How important is the knowledge of each market and the culture of each country for the selection of branding? How do companies ensure that they are going to get paid by their international customers?/p>
All the above questions were in the minds of a lot of small and medium-sized Greek companies and Dimitris with his company World Emporio and its network of associates, specialized export and marketing consultants, tried to answer these questions and promote the Greek products to the most attractive foreign markets, offering services such as: Export Marketing and Consulting, Representation to International Trade Shows, Pursuit of the best and most appropriate export sales partners, World Market Research, Certifications (Bio- Kosher-Halal- ISO), Shipping Worldwide, Strategic Planning and Communication, Analysis of Opportunities and Needs, Branding and Identity Creation, and Marketing Research.
In a few words Dimitris, with the help of his associates, created a one-stop shop, where a company could build itself up to become ready to export its products, to export its products, and of course to develop its presence in every market.
Soon World Emporio expanded with partnerships such as Bingo-Tottis, Green Cola, Karayiannis Dairy, Threpsi, Vivartia Group, etc, and opened offices in Germany and the USA. Currently the company carries more than 700 SKUs, both food and non-food, and has an export activity in several countries: USA, Canada, Morocco, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Uganda, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Sri-Lanka, and China. The next goal for World Emporio is the market of Middle East, with its eyes in the product categories the company already carries, but also identifying gaps in the market.