- at T.A.F.
Merchandising the historical memory / at the souvenir shops in Monastiraki
metamatic:taf is excited to host for the summer season 2014 the exhibition 1821 metres, which opens on Thursday 26 June at 20.30 and will run until 5 September.
1821: The year when the Greek Revolution against almost 400 years of Ottoman rule began. This revolution led to the creation of the first Hellenic Republic.
1821 metres: Is the distance with a notional straight line from the Parthenon to the top of Lycabettus hill, according to the “National Cadastre & Mapping Agency S.A.” website. This straight line intersects Plaka, Syntagma Square and Kolonaki, schematically traversing the city’s history. It concisely captures the historical and urban development leap, from classical antiquity to the cementation of the 20th century and the lending bubble of the Greek regime change period. Intermediate stops are Athens-19th century township, the emblematic Hellenic Parliament and the luxurious penthouses at the foot of Lycabettus hill viewing the Acropolis.
The group exhibition 1821 metres attempts to detect lesions left behind by the historical discontinuity, through references to stereotypical symbols and common places of modern Athens. In a reciprocal dialogue with the building’s historicality, it encompasses the “local colour” of the rooms of metamatic:taf, a space practically “pinned” in the heart of touristic Athens, in Monastiraki area, among souvenir and junk shops that merchandise the memory (or amnesia?) of this city. A memory gilded and selective, set up as a hasty theater scene for the modern Greek national identity, handy at any moment to be consumed as a tourist product.
Considering that the performing arts have the power – presumably more than any other art form – to transform History into narrative and image, directors, stage designers, actors, choreographers and playwrights, are invited to explore the concepts of memory, oblivion, wrong, truth and lie, focusing on the relation of these concepts to the city and the “intersection” of 1821 metres.
Curated by: Dimitris Polychroniadis, Yalena Kleidara
Opening: Thursday 26.06.2014, 20:30
Exhibition duration: 26.06 – 05.09.2014
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12.00-21.00, Sun 12.00-19.00