Graceland. The triumph of an uncertain path | Biennale 8
GRACELAND. THE TRIUMPH OF AN UNCERTAIN PATH
A collective project by Fani Boudouroglou, Rania Emmanouilidou and Evaggelia Psoma
10.12.2022 – 23.04.2023
MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts
In an era where the state of crisis takes on ontological dimensions, the return to the ideals of humanism and to a "slower" past through the criticism of a never-ending progress, the reconnection with the means of production, the re-evaluation of the labor of the production process and the restoration of the relationship between humanity and nature, appear as a way out of uncertainty.
In this context, three female visual artists, coming from different starting points, create -with a variety of media- a collective work in progress, a common place of artistic symbiosis and invite the public to an immersive experience. Contrary to the mechanistic approach that considers nature as something other than the dominant, to be conquered and subdued, in Graceland nature is approached with respect and is given back the magical qualities of the nurturing mother. Through experimentations with bioplastic and paper production techniques, cultivation of crystals, planting, rhizomes, permaculture and sustainable cultivation, the connections between the destruction of the earth and the patriarchal and capitalist hegemony that ignores the moral priority of the need to care are explored.
At the same time, the process of artistic practice which is based on experimentation, dialogue, collaboration, the exploration of traditional techniques, the co-production of knowledge and artistic work, the scientific research on new, sustainable materials and the observation of nature in the role of creator is presented in the lab space.
Artists: Fani Boudouroglou, Rania Emmanouilidou, Evaggelia Psoma
Curator: Anna Mykoniati