Wine, a drink with low alcohol level, made out of grapes, begins their story in the mythology – ancient Greek mythology, to be precise. The story can be considered as a special myth as we have regarded wine’s relation to life itself. It was the god Dionysius that is known as the god of wine. This god has the specific traits of recklessness, issues with orders and the authorities, and the likes. To be exact, Dionysius was a god with an interest in making pranks of the other gods and goddesses and who was wild and who was considered as a nuisance by some of the other high beings. But in essence, Dionysius was a god full of passion and love; an anti-establishment god.
Wine, especially the red wine, is no longer considered by some people as the drink that warms, but as a ‘warm drink’, a social marker for those circulating in a certain circle. Whatever. As if in wine we found me and you in a chat, making jokes, pouring our hearts out, and so on.
Red wine has a special place in the ten years journey of Philo Art Space. In the beginning there was no particular reason or meaning why the drink was offered in every exhibition. Later, it became a permanent necessity, something that must be presented, something that for those who attend the exhibition, an inseparable part of Philo Art Space. The red wine has become the marker of Philo Art Space.
Red wine seems to have become a part of Philo Art Space breath in the last ten years. Hence it becomes a muse in reflecting my personal life into art creations (paintings). Often when planning an exhibition, I can almost already see the happiness, merriment, and also the anxieties in the faces of our patrons, most of whom have already become a part of our family.
Red wine may be just a small part of a story that happens to touch us and may at some time be irrelevant, but we cannot deny that at their time, they have given us warmth that we hardly can find anywhere else. That warmth that is the drop of water that finds its way to the depth of our heart – the warmth that is love (philo).
Tommy F Awuy