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Artemis Potamianou, «Your history, it’s not my story»

Start Date: April 5, 2019
End Date: July 20, 2019
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Artemis Potamianou
Solo exhibition

«Your history, it’s not my story»
Exhibition extended until 20 July 2019

According to Art Historian, Bia Papadopoulou: “Artemis Potamianou composes an environmental narrative on the female condition which unfolds in space and time. The defiance of social and artistic structures that characterizes her entire oeuvre continues to concern her as the exhibition title, “Your history, it’s not my story” denotes.

The installation of a swing, immobilized in space, welcomes visitors providing them with the facts from the very beginning. The swing is accompanied by a carpet with the phrase “all in all” and a luminous industrial sign depicting the word “dream.” The concept of confinement evoked here is combined with the artist’s written information referring to the totality of female conditions, which she juxtaposes with the idea of the as yet unrealized dream of freedom and true equality.”

The central exhibition area is metaphorically transformed into a cage that houses elaborate bird-cages which, in turn, host smaller cages. These images within the image, realities within reality, establish consecutive artificial worlds and layers of confinement. Sporadically placed iron railings, like fences or obstacles, reinforce the feeling of enclosure evoked by the “white cube.” The cages, cells of imprisonment, reminding of Michel Foucault’s Panopticon, function like items of division. They differentiate the inner from the outer field, trap viewers in the void intermediary gallery space while, at the same time, delineating labyrinthian routes of escape.

One more environmental cabinet of curiosities is installed in a separate room of the gallery space, hosting the last chapter of Potamianou’s feminist story. The environment converses with two top literary works of the 19th century: Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece) by Honoré de Balzac –whence the installation’s title– and Oscar Wild’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 17:00

Thursday – Friday 12:00 – 19:00

Event categories: exhibitions.

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