[and] ever, 2017
The viewer is invited to participate in a process of deconstructing a calendar form, floor based installation, depicting the map of the island of Gyaros, a place of exile for leftist political dissidents in Greece from 1948 until 1974. The calendar consists of 984 numbered cardboard pieces in two different sizes, each representing one day of the total displacement of an exiled woman, all together structuring the shape of the island in a relief format. This work refers to the displacement time of Ermioni Athanasiou, from the day of her arrest until the date on a letter by the red cross to her husband, promising that all necessary actions for providing his wife with food and medicine have been taken place. Ermioni was released a few days after the arrival of that letter. The recorded time refers to the sum of other exiles' displacement time and is deconstructed on autonomous pieces. The view of the island is slowly revealed by removing the 984 numbered pieces of cardboard while finger marks are imprinted on the charcoal surface in return. Selected findings from the artists' research are partly exhibited around the installation in the form of an interactive slide archive for the visitors to research using the OHP projector provided. An architectural model of the prison building co-exists with reproduced photographs and drawings depicting women on exile, taken and / or drawn by female political dissidents or contemporary architects.
Contrived, organized and curated by Katerina Athanasiou, texts by Steve Pantazis, Melina Cultural Center, Thission, Athens.
Installation documentation, photos by Lea Petrou.
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