South likes: Tempus Ritualis at CACT, Thessaloniki

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Tempus Ritualis, exhibition view, 2014, CACT, Thessaloniki

South likes: Tempus Ritualis at CACT, Thessaloniki
Tempus Ritualis
CACT (Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki), Thessaloniki, Greece
27 June – 30 August, 2014

Text by Klea Charitou

Comprehending the antithetical ideas of the present and the past in its title, the exhibition Tempus Ritualis attempts to explore the meaning of ritual practices in current circumstances and to show new ritual forms of making, through the different mediums and artistic perspectives of the ten Greek and German artists: Lena Athanassopoulou, Christina Dimitriadis, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Pia Greschner, Susanne Kriemann, Lia Nalbantidou, Christine Schulz, Eva Stefani, Evanthia Tsantila. Their works act as new channels of communication and encourage a current dialogue between individual and collective, person and society, taking into account the crisis, with the complicities that come out of it and that can be detected on different social micro-levels, such as emerged communities, companionships and the notion of locality. Like in the three different photographic series of Christina Dimitriadis, intertwined in a stair-like structure in which the interfamiliar procedures of learning are likened to the rules of the games and unfinished concrete buildings make a dent in Greek landscape or remind us all the ruins of this country. Present chaos and past civilisation are united through an uncertain balance like the one presented in the new film, Dynamis of Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani, who asked people of Thessaloniki to participate in a patience exercise of balancing a raw egg. Fragility and focus, constant practice and faith in perfection, all ritualistic characteristics come around in this collective cultural performance and the egg features as a symbol of cohesion. Artists’ interest in the city of Thassaloniki itself is evident in the in-situ works of both Christine Schulz and Susanne Kriemann. The first, either collects materials from the streets and use them for her spatial installation or keeps track in her film of the residents’ mysterious activity at the port. The second captures in videos her concurrent excavations and discoveries of the city, presenting them as a way to recollect the past and a documentation of the present history. In the work of Evanthia Tsantila, knowledge and imagination that sprang from different public and personal archives and collections contribute to connect us with our memories and build a new European and personal identity. Through mixes, impositions and an internal logic of objects and images, the artist presents 9 attempts to type the South, and pose questions on the role of rituals nowadays. Thus Tempus Ritualis becomes a multicultural update of our past and a cartography that explores traditions while combining different perspectives and various contemporary art languages.

http://www.cact.gr/en/events/tempus_ritualis&type=current

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Tempus Ritualis, exhibition view, 2014, CACT, Thessaloniki

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Tempus Ritualis, exhibition view, 2014, CACT, Thessaloniki

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Tempus Ritualis, exhibition view, 2014, CACT, Thessaloniki

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Tempus Ritualis, exhibition view, 2014, CACT, Thessaloniki

 

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