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FOREIGN VESSELS
Byzantine and Postbyzantine Antiquities Collection, Chania, Crete
21 September to 21 October 2021

MARIE DE BRUYN (NL) / BARATTO & MOURAVAS & GOGAS (NL /IT/ GR) / CHAMPLOO (GR) / NIKOS CHARITAKIS (GR) / FRUIT GILETTE (GR) / DIMITRA KONDYLATOU (GR) / MARIKA KONSTANTINIDOU (GR) / SOPHIA KOURKOULAKOU (FR / GR) / NATASA PAPADOGAMVRAKI (GR) / ILSE VAN ROY (BE) / TZOMPANAKIS GLASS WORKSHOP (GR) / TITANIA MATINA (GR)  / SEBASTIAN GONZALES DE GORTARI (MX / DE) / BRUISES ‘N’ CUTS (GR)

 

FOREIGN VESSELS ΞΕΝΟ ΔΟΧΕΙΑ was an exhibition of glass sculpture in the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection of Chania, in the monastery of San Salvatore. Inside the museum, three artists from Crete, the Netherlands and Belgium who use glass as their main sculptural medium, showed their sculptures together with works by local glass craftsmen and artists, such as Natassa Papadogambraki from the Tarrha Glass workshop in Anogeia , Nikos Haritakis from Agia Galini, and the Tzobanakis glass workshop in the Red Village of Chania, whose utilitarian objects were part of a collaborative project between Ilse Van Roy, Marie de Bruyn, Marika Konstantinidou, Nicola Baratto, Yiannis Mouravas and Viktor Gogas . The impetus for the exhibition was the form of the vessel, pivotal in the art of blown glass but also in the reasons for its birth in the Mediterranean - as a locus of transportation, reception and hospitality. The glass sculptures and objects were brought into contact with the archaeological finds of the area, in order to explore the triad of artwork, handicraft and archaeological find, as well as the role of the area in the dissemination of the art of glass. The exhibition also featured the short film "Dreams of Fragments" by Champloo, filmed during the group's research trip, and "The Culture of Battle" by Dimitra Kondylatou, about a woman's strange habit of burying fragments of her favorite objects in the her garden The accompanying brochure of the exhibition contained images of the two glass finds of the exhibition (14th, 5th century) found in the areas of Ancient Siia and Tarra, today's Sougia and Agia Roumeli, and where an unprecedented volume of glass has been excavated, referring to the possible existence of a large workshop of glass in antiquity. Also, texts were contributed by Titania Matina, an educator and writer with extensive knowledge of the region, and Sebastian Gonzalez de Gortari, who focused on the figure of the 'melancholic'. The central text of the exhibition focused on the research axes of the action - the relationship of the glass and the container with the fragment, the dream, and the notion of inbetweenness. ​ The group, for two weeks before the exhibition made a research trip to these areas, where they shot a short film with the film production team Champloo, on axes such as the collectivity of the technique of glassblowing, its choreography and the creation of community. For the film they used glass works from the Tzompanakis Workshop, which were then placed on top of the textile work by Mouravas & Baratto & Gogas for the exhibition, in an attempt to capture the stratigraphy of an archaeological investigation over time. The film was screened at the opening alongside two short films by Dimitra Kondylatou, "Shades of Season" - an investigation into the female body and aspects of gendered work in hotels, and "The Culture of Battle" about the strange habit of a woman who buries the fragments of clay objects and pots in her garden in an attempt to save them and maybe - heal them. Also for the opening, Bruises' n' Cuts, producer, mc & dj, created a mixtape with the theme of the dispersion of sound in the Mediterranean. The day after the opening Irini Gavrilaki, archaeologist and author, conducted an experiential writing workshop in which the participants interacted with the glass works as well as small fragments of glass and then wrote short texts on the glass, connecting the material to their personal stories. ​ Finally, the platform www.foreignvessels.com was created with the aim of continuing to present works by artists and researchers on concepts related to glass and the 3 axes of the action: the fragment, the dream and the notion of inbetweenness. . For more information and pictures : www.foreignvessels.com

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