A tour of artworks in the 6th Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Biennale
The “House, as an imagined conception and construction” and the performance I don’t want to forger
Text: Agryro Bozoni
From the port I go towards Egnatia. Crossing the city, the contrasts and different artistic interpretations I have seen reflect everyday reality. Russians, Turks, and Greeks go walking and shopping on Tsimiski Street, amidst hundreds of events, metro construction works, Ivan Savvidis’s older and more recent projects, exhibitions on the Russian revolution, and schools visiting Byzantine monuments. Mount Athos Center, which hosts a part of the Biennale, is a former health clinic. This listed building is the property of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the Holy Community of Mount Athos.
On the first floor, an artwork by Peggy Kliafa immediately draws my attention – a construction reminiscent of a church, with impressive, elaborate stained glass.
Reflecting the warm light, the white pieces seem to be made of glass but prove to be pill blisters – whose use in everyday life is constantly questioned as well as deified by users as a material conducive to a normal life, like a shelter of faith.
6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art: “Imagined Homes” | 30 September 2017 – 14 January 2018
More info: thessalonikibiennale.gr