Bright File (June) at HAUS N ATHEN, Athens

Press release:

The show has a lifetime of several hundred hours.
When heated, it glows with visible light.

‘Le Rayon X’ and ‘Six Heures avant l’été’ (1980) by legendary Greek artist Christos Tzivelos
(1949-1995) were the starting point for this show that centres on light but isn’t about light. Felt as an effigy for June – not the proverbial month but those 30 days in 2018 – the show brings together works by Elena Narbutaitė, Rallou Panagiotou, Yorgos Prinos, Chrysanne Stathacos, Iris Touliatou, Christos Tzivelos and Kostis Velonis to make pronouncements on a raw, fertile state, which hasn’t been assigned a name. In a sense, the show is about looking for wild love (Amour Fou), the alchemical Rebus (the androgynous being that fuelled Jung’s individuation fantasies) or some other feeling of wholeness. It is also about processes that suspend this longing – stretch it out, preserve it,
cast it, antagonise it, take its place even, until it is exhausted. Works are plugged in, hung, projected. Slowly they accumulate heat from the sun or from within the wall. Alchemically, we could say they begin as stars (those made of herbs) and planets (iron, copper, silver, gold) which young are black, orbiting in the dark. As they slowly grow and grow warmer, they turn yellow, then white, then finally become fully transmuted into a red, at which point they fluoresce.

Artists: Elena Narbutaite, Rallou Panagiotou, Yorgos Prinos, Chrysanne Stathacos, Iris Touliatou, Christos Tzivelos, Kostis Velonis
Venue: HAUS N ATHEN, Athens
Exhibition title: Bright File (June)
Curated by: Maya Tounta
Date: October 4 – October 27, 2018

Text/Press release and images provided by the event.
© Elena Narbutaite, Rallou Panagiotou, Yorgos Prinos, Chrysanne Stathacos, Iris Touliatou, Christos Tzivelos, Kostis Velonis & HAUS N ATHEN, Athens, GREECE E.U.