After about 40 years of sleep the house is now coming back to life, playing host to this exhibition.As a shell and ark of memory encapsulating the layering of socio-historical events, the show invites nine contemporary artists (a numerical metaphor for the nine decades of the building’s life) to respond to the formation of a contextual backdrop as this unfolds since the emergence of the residence. Diverse conceptual chapters that deal with the presence and evolution of architecture, social identity and human landscape, personal mythologies, economic zenith and nadir, collective memory, the political backstage but also the surfacing of an amalgamation of nostalgia, pride and underlying hope, accompany the participating artists, who act as guides and companions.The nine artists filter through their cross-disciplinary visual lexicon and diversity of mediums the spoken (or in other words the subjective) history as this has been orchestrated in the course of time. They reveal a site-specific and site-responsive narrative which reflects the rethinking of values and the engagement with multiple emotional territories that coexist and intertwine with one another.The disturbing socio-economic and political manifestations of contemporary civilisation have left their scars on the skin of urban monuments not only in Athens but also in other similar neighbourhood counterparts in capitals around the world. What used to be regarded as architectural jewels of a significant cultural heritage are now standing as urban debris, mutely collapsing. The exhibition will bring to the forefront issues of abandonment, neglect and desertion and will consider the relationship between public and private space that once used to be in constant dialogue and before they stopped interacting with each other.[un]known destinations interweave an incorporeal choreography; we all become viewers and participants, with time as the main rhythm.Participating artists: Maria Andromache Chatzinikolaou, Aikaterini Gegisian, Apollonas Glykas, Eleni Lyra, Despina Meimaroglou, Rena Papaspyrou, Andreas Savva, Dimitris Skourogiannis, Betty Zerva.
Opening: 15 September at 17:00–20:00.
15.09 - 06.10.2017
Eptanisou 9 + Androu Str. Kypseli Athens
curator + concept: Dr Kostas Prapoglou