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FOREIGN VESSELS 2021                                CHANIA, GREECE
Glass Sculpture Exhibition      Byzantine and Postbyzantine Antiquities Museum
Ilse Van Roy, Marie De Bruyn, Natassa Papadogamvraki, Nikos Charitakis, Mouravas & Baratto & Gogas, Dimitra Kondylatou, Sebastian Gonzalez de Gortari, Marika Konstantinidou, BNC aka Jeff Gonzalez, Irini Gavrilaki, Champloo (Giorgos Bobolakis, Anna Kehagia...)

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FOREIGN VESSELS 2021

BYZANTINE & POSTBYZANTINE ANTIQUITIES MUSEUM

THEOTOKOPOULOU 78, CHANIA

25 SEPTEMBER - 21 OCTOBER 2021

ΜARIE DE BRUYN • BARATTO & MOURAVAS & GOGAS CHAMPLOO • NIKOS CHARITAKIS • FRUIT GILETTE • DIMITRA KONDYLATOU • MARIKA KONSTANTINIDOU • SOPHIA KOURKOULAKOU • NATASA PAPADOGAMVRAKI • ILSE VAN ROY TZOMPANAKIS GLASS WORKSHOP • TITANIA MATINA • SEBASTIAN GONZALES DE GORTARI • BRUISES 'N' CUTS

"All objects are, in a sense, diasporic..."

Paul Basu, The Inbetweeness of Things

         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.

 

ORGANIZATION & CURATING

FOREIGN VESSELS '21 TEAM

MARIKA KONSTANTINIDOU, ILSE VAN ROY, MARIE DE BRUYN

CONCEPT & RESEARCH

MARIKA KONSTANTINIDOU

TECHNICAL COVERAGE

YANNIS LYKOS

LEAFLET & LOGO DESIGN

ISMINI ADAMI STUDIO

LEAFLET PRINTING

DOLCE PUB

EXHIBITION IMAGES

PUBLICATION

      The exhibition was accompanied  by a small publication, containing three texts by Marika Konstantinidou, Titania Matina, Sebastian Gonzalez de Gortari and an artwork by Baratto & Mouravas. Vessels & Dreams & Inbetween was the exhibitions' guiding text by one of its curators and participants, touching upon the axes that emerged during the exhibitions' research process. Titania Matina, an educator and writer, contributed a text she had written on her experience of the beach of Sougia, where it was speculated one of antiquities large glass workshops was found. Sebastian Gonzalez de Gortari, artist and researcher, wrote a text on the figure of the 'melancholic', and the relationship of vessels, alchemy and the artist. Baratto & Mouravas collected the dreams of the exhibitions' participants and generated an artwork inspired by one of them. 

VESSELS & DREAMS & INBETWEEN

SEASHELLS

DREAM #1

VESSELS OF SATURN

MARIKA KONSTANTINIDOU

TITANIA MATINA

BARATTO & MOURAVAS

SEBASTIAN GONZALEZ DE GORTARI

ARTISTS' RESIDENCY & RESEARCH TRIP

         From September 11 to 19, Ilse Van Roy, Marie de Bruyn and Marika Konstantinidou made a research trip to the ancient cities of Siia and Tarra, where the two glass vials from the exhibition of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine Collection of Chania were found, as well as an unprecedented volume of glass which indicated the possible presence of a large glass workshop during antiquity. During the trip they shot the movie "Fragments of Dreams" together with the production team Champloo, and visited the local glass workshop Tarrha in Anogia, the workshop of Nikos Haritakis in Agia Galini, and the Tzompanakis Glass Workshop in Kokkino Chorio. ​ This research trip was intended to create triggers for further thoughts and projects.

SYIA, TARRA, AGIA GALINI

(SOUTH CRETE)

MARIE DE BRUYN

MARIKA KONSTANTINIDOU

ILSE VAN ROY