“I woke with a marble head in my hands“ at K-Gold Temporary Gallery, Lesvos
“I woke with this marble head in my hands;
it exhausts my elbow and I don’t know where to put it down.
It was falling into the dream as I was coming out of the dream
so our life became one and it will be very difficult for it to separate again.”
George Seferis, Remember the baths where you were murdered
K-Gold Temporary Gallery presents the group exhibition “I woke with a marble head in my hands” curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis, taking up a neoclassical residence at the village of Agia Paraskevi in Lesvos island.
In an attempt to outline the complexities of our times, the show explores the notion of the Wunderkammer. The empty house as an open showcase becomes the stage of presenting various methods of mapping, collecting, and archiving in artistic practices.
The title of the sixth summer show refers to the poem by George Seferis, which, as a contemporary Odyssey, points out the continuity between past and present, and how it is inscribed in both personal experience and cultural memory. Lesvos has a significant history of collecting that ranges from prehistoric findings of the Petrified Forest, archaeology, and folk culture to the unique collection of Tériade who opened on the island the first Modern Art Museum in Greece.
The participating artists compose a contemporary cabinet of curiosities. Their artworks reflect on fragments of today’s society, raising questions about their role and preservation. They highlight the therapeutic value of art in a materially saturated world and point out what do these objects – physical and digital – reveal about our identity as collectors. Visitors are invited to follow these objects and connect the traces between myth and reality by facing their own personal limits and challenges. The exhibition is accompanied with parallel events: dance performances, screenings, workshops for children, guided tours, and two bilingual publications.
Joan Jonas, Ilias Papailiakis, Virginia Russolo, Bas Jan Ader, Guendalina Cerruti, Christos Delidimos, Anna Franceschini, Louis De Belle, Jonathas de Andrade, Ørjan Amundsen, Eugenia Vereli, Petter Solberg, Adonis Archontides, Sarah Cockings and Harriet Fleuriot, The Wilds Ones (Polly Brown, Diego Saldiva, Martin Sekera, Elena Subach, Daniel Everett and Christian Michael Filardo), Julie Rasmussen, Xenia Koghilaki.
at K-Gold Temporary Gallery, Lesvos
until 8 September 2019