soil and earth / magirion vol.I
May 3-12, 2023
25 Apollonos Str., Plaka - Mitrópoli
The words chthon (soil) and gāῖa (earth) refer to two opposite aspects of the earth: chthon is the underworld, the surface below the earth, gāῖa is the earth from the surface and above. The intermediate border indicates a fine distinction of that which exists above and below the surface. While the chthon, the underworld, appears to be dark, lifeless and concealed, it is this very world that powers collective prosperity - nourishing and sustaining the agriculture and crops of our world.
«She feeds all creatures that are in the world»: for he whom is blessed by Gaia «has all things abundantly: his fruitful land is laden with corn, his pastures are covered with cattle, and his house is filled with good things. Such men rule orderly in their cities of fair women: great riches and wealth follow them…» Homeric Hymn to Gaia «To Earth Mother of All». (vv. 9-11). Chthon and gāῖa: Societies live above the line of the earth’s surface, the very line that divides, but also unites the heavenly and underground sphere, life and death, present and past. Through this relationship and the contradiction between these two worlds, humanity can define their actions and navigate to the future.
In our time, however, people renounce their relationship with the chthonic world, they engage only with their existence on gāῖa. The more they reject the thought of the nether world, the more their life becomes incomplete. The more they deny knowledge on the depth of Chthonos, seen only as a mere object of exploitation, the more the sunny and happy surface of Gaia is infected, gradually depreciated and destroyed.
In the exhibition «soil and earth / magician vol.I», the artists explore and experiment on the border of this fine line, within a space that that clearly illustrates this contradiction and a building that carries the weight of a series of former ecclesiastical utensil workshops.
Curated by: Hector Theoulakis / Georg Georgakopoulos
Coordinated by: Lars* Kollros
Installations, performances, screenings «soil and earth / magirion vol.I»
Curated by: Hector Theoulakis
Spiros Betsis (performance), onecontinuouslab (Alexandros Kontogeograkopoulos / Odysseas Klissouras), installation, Sebastian Seixas, Aristomenis Theodoropoulos, the Krank, Dimitris Kontodimos, Marilena Kranioti.
Performance Thursday 4.5: Stratos Sterianos / Thekla Gaiti
Academy of fine Arts Vienna, Studio Video and Video Installation
Wed. & Thurs. 10.5 & 11.5, 19:00
Coordinated by: Lars* Kollros
Participating artists: Natalia Del Mar Kasik, Marzieh Emadi, Cosma Grosser, Elham Hadian, Sepideh Hassani, Ramina Jenabi, Dila Kaplan, Lars* Kollros, Allegra Kortlang, Arash Lorestani, Markus Maicher, Abigail Marcillo, Alma Moos Nuñez, Jennifer Posny, Sina Saadat, Luiza Spotorno, Julia Stakhorska, Amelie Sztatecsny.
Performance Friday 12.5, 21:00
Filippos Tsitsopoulos / Thanos Stathopoulos
The exhibition «soil and earth / magirion vol.I» is part of the Open street fair «Local infection of the cosmopolitan» of the Athens Commercial Triangle. Contemporary artists from Greece and abroad present artwork in unexpected locations, together with selected musical events, performances and slam poetry, forming a modular tour of the Athenian Triangle.
Local infection of the cosmopolitan
Open street fair / Athens Trigono
May 2-7 2023, Athens Commercial Triangle
Επιμέλεια: Georg Georgakopoulos
CHEAPART / APART / F.O.T.A. / Vasi Hotel / mosaikon Hotel
Supported by: Austrian Embassy in Athens, Akademie der bildenden Kuenste Wien