WASTING MYTHOLOGY

FRDMLND LOGO CCThis project is a visual journey along the alterations of landscape that mark the passage of the ancient Greek Eleusis into the present-day Greek city of Eleusina; I have examined the interaction of the different historical layers of the area, whilst displaying the opposition between recent urban-industrial developments and the mythology of the landscape.

Although the historical heart of Eleusis is now one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, the bay that has been connecting Eleusian inhabitants with other Mediterranean cultures since antiquity got clogged by the seemingly unregulated expansion of factories and related port logistics. Taken by the clutches of the large-scale industries and fast urbanization, the present-day city of Elefsina is dealing with extreme environmental issues.

As Greek myth tells us, Demeter once visited Eleusis when she rested next to the Plutoneon cave during her search for her daughter Persephone. Laid out over a hill, it thus became an important site for the Ancient Greeks to honour Demeter‘s existence in the Eleusian Mysteries – secret initiation ceremonies into the miracles of life, death and the afterlife.

Where fragrances of orange trees and wild thyme mix with the fumes spread by the oil refinery, one can find ancient stones and roman bricks that were re-used and combined with concrete to build the walls of the industrial era – a unique shade of metamorphism. A more critical course of transition turning the old Eleusis into the modern Elefsina takes place via the cement made from rocks belonging to the ancient, sacred hill to continuously develop and rebuild the modern city. Challenging the myth of Demeter and her blessings of land and harvest, the unrestrained power of the factory Titan has significantly affected the western side of the sacred hill within only half a century of local cement production.

Capturing the apparent imprint left by Titan‘s activities on Eleusis’ hill and the voids caused by industrial excavation, WASTING MYTHOLOGY: case study Eleusis aims to research Elefsina’s ‘Genius Loci’ and expose a modern story of metamorphosis. By showing my findings, I want to start a debate on how the Mediterranean landscape and its heritage can be preserved as a primary human value.

 

Cartography

 

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Photographs

 ” There is nothing before Alpha: that is just where everything begins.”

 

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Myth α 2013_Plutoneon_Plato’s cave_courtesy of Archaeological Museum of Eleusis

 

Where democracy was born / What democracy has become
Athens 2010_Diptych 2 x 80 x 100 cm Ed. 2/5

 

 

 

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Temple of Aphrodite along the Sacred Way from Athens to Eleusis. 2014

 

 

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Destroying sacred hills / Next to the seven Heroes
Eleusis 2013/2014 _Diptych 2 x 80 x 100 cm 5+ap2

 

 

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New Mysteries #1
Eleusis 2013_110 x 88 ed. 2/5

 

 

 

Trying to survive / Along the sacred way
2014_Diptych 2 x 80 x 100 cm

 

 

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Exploration of the void #4
Eleusis 2013_110 x 88 ed. 2/5

 

 

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Western Cemetery
Eleusis 2014_80x100 cm ed. 1/5

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled industrial landscape

Untitled industrial landscape
Eleusis 2013_155 x 123 cm ed. 2/5

 

 

 

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Eleusis
2014

 

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View from Magoula ‘s hill
2014

 

 

 

For the initiated / For those who played on bones
2013_courtesy of Archaeological Museum of Eleusis

 

 

 

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Archeological shade #1
Eleusis 2013

 

 

 

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Concrete odyssey #4
Eleusis 2014

 

When History repeats itself
Kronos distillery district_Eleusis 2014 _Diptych 2 x 80 x 100 cm

 

 

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Exploration of the void #1

 

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Explorations of the void
Installation view_Eleusis 2013/2014

 

 

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Exploration of the void #7
Eleusis 2014

 

 

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Kronos #7
Eleusis 2014

 

 

 

Social landscape and Natural landscape
Eleusis 2014/2015 _Diptych 2 x 80 x 100 cm

 

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Concrete Odissey #9
Eleusis 2015

 

 

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Titan
Eleusis 2015

 

 

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Myth Δ
Eleusis 2014

Eleusis 2014_155 x 123 cm_ed. 2/5

 

 

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The disappearing of the Titan
Eleusis 2015

 

 

 

A very special thank in random order to: Tessa, Anne, Huib and Willy Janssen, Reyn van der Lugt, Lizzie Calligas, Chantal Bosch and Han van Ouwerkerk, Diomidis and Garifalia Meletiou, Christos Christakis, the Bees’ Masters, Foteini Setaki, Peggy Tsolakaki, Elena Antonopoulou, Daphne de Sonneville, Areti Chrysanthou, Alexandros Anagnostidis, Kalliopi Papaggeli, George Skianis,  Laura Minardi and all the friends, professionals and collectors who has been supporting the project.

Research

Exhibitions

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2016.04.  EXODUS
Group exhibition at Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam

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2015.07.08 SUMMER AGAIN
Group exhibition at Van Kranendonk Gallery, The Hague

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2015 .04.05     3 COLLECTIONNEURS, AUTREMENT
Group exhibition at ETE 78 Bruxelles. BE  

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2015 .03.04      P O S I T I O N S
Solo exhibition at Van Kranendonk Galley, Den Haag. NL

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2014 .11.12   2015 .01    WENN WIR DICH NICHT SEHEN, SIEHST DU UNS AUCH NICHT

Group  exhibition at Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam. NL

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2014 .07.08.09    YOU THEM US

Solo exhibition at photoQ Bookshop Amsterdam. NL

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.2014 .05    WASTING MYTHOLOGY: CASE STUDY ELEFSINA

Solo exhibition + artist talk at Sijthoff cultuur zaal, Leiden. NL

download  Sijthoff exhibition Press release. Text by Daphne de Sonneville