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Shots for an unrealized dream sequence. A. captures the beach in a bottle and confronts the commodification of her smile.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-18:00,
On the first floor of the Museum of Greek Culture, artists Nikomachi Karakostanoglou and Ilias Papailiakis are staging, in collaboration with curator Polina Kosmadaki, a dialogue with the collections of neo Hellenic and folk arts.
The proposed itinerary through the Museum’s rooms invites the visitor to experience views and moments where the new works resonate with the permanent exhibits, thus shedding light to representations of the “whole” and the “fragment” in Greek tradition. The Cosmos, memory, time, the dark and the metaphysical, the self and the other, secrets, divinities of all sorts come to form, receive colour cues and materiality thus taking shape in connection with different aspects of Greek cultural history, its artefacts, its objects, its dresses. Twenty works made of clay, paper and pigments were made specifically for the Museum’s context in reference to exhibits of the Benaki’s permanent exhibition. Water, fire, earth, the altar, the temple, the city and the country, the ornament, the gate keeper, the wanderer, the angel and destiny are some of the elements which form a narrative, an immersion, an initiation even that stems from the folk song Τι καλά το λέει τ' αηδόνι.
This site-specific installation uses the inherent connections between material and narrative or myth to construct a system which visualizes and fulfills notions of multi-temporality and sensorial dialogue. This project aims to put forth reflexivity through the collaborative process which provided the foundation for materializing encounters of people, experiences, ideas and things.