Remain >> continue to exist, continue unchanged, staying in the place that one has been occupying.
Remain(s) >> traces of existence, leftovers, leavings, remnants
A hotel(‘s) remains.
Perseus was a hotel built in the 1960’s, according to the standards of the “Xenia project”, a hotel building’s substructure, that defined the modern architectural movement in Greece.
It has a simple L-shape plan, and one can admire the truth in materials use, as well as its integration in the natural environment. Today it does not sustain its former use and belongs to the municipality of Serifos. Yet, it is part of the remains of the Xenia project. It remains unused. It remains beautiful. It remains.
6 artists remain(s).
They occupy several spaces of the former- hotel, exploring the ephemerality of the summer accommodation and questioning the present condition of the abandoned hotel. More remains around the island are put in dialogue with Perseus, hiding (or revealing?) people’s detachment from their preservation. Traditional forms and typical characteristics of the guestroom (Ξενωνας) will be revised and deconstructed. How can we evaluate culturally and socially these settlements under their past promise for growth, in relation to the present remains of them? How can the theme of the “guestroom” be approached now? What kind of message can be echoed in-between the artist’s works and their temporal, in-situ, character? Video, installations, photography, and various compositional methods, are the tools with which they will participate and /or remain inside Perseus between 28/6-5/7, optimizing the chance to be in contact with residents and visitors of Serifos.
Opening Friday 5/7, 9pm
Duration 5/7- 21/7
Curated by Nefeli Papanagiotou