Established in 2019 by Eleni Giannakouli, The Eye Altering is a contemporary art gallery based in Thessaloniki, Greece. Initially located at Egnatia street, the gallery was relocated in 2021 to the historic De Mayo building, a piece of eclecticist architecture erected in 1928 that carries a rich and turbulent past, inextricably linked to the city and its history.
The name of the gallery is inspired from a verse of William Blake’s “The Mental Traveller”. The poet writes “For the eye altering alters all” signifying that our very gaze, in changing, constitutes the agent that brings about change.
The Eye Altering’s artistic agenda is focused on discovering and fostering emerging contemporary artists. The gallery and the hosted artists investigate concepts such as identity, memory, social exclusion, anthropology and nature, among others. Our aim, alongside presenting an intensive exhibition program, is to realize various projects and publications that will act as catalysts for the development of new ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art in the city and beyond.