CLOSING SOON presents Chapped lips, a solo exhibition of Eleanna Balesi.
The most recent sculptural installations by Eleanna Balesi utilize broken
and melted optical discs (CDs and DVDs) as structural elements. The artist
intervenes in her materials in a way that is contrary to their customary use,
turning the fragments of these traditional means of digital data recording into organic forms.
The exhibition space of CLOSING SOON is inhabited by natural elements and absurd animal figures, composing a dreamy, yet nightmarish landscape. Through the deliberate destruction of material, Eleanna Balesi becomes able to continue her research on the narrative possibilities of wear and tear.
The title Chapped lips, refers to this experiential process, in which the
material and the body of the artist are subjected to conditions of extreme heat and dehydration.
The exhibition serves as a reflection on memory, its documentation and
reproduction. The exhibited works offer a critique of human memories, time, and wear, juxtaposed with the materiality of the objects.
Photo: Nikos Katsaros