ELEUSIS 2021 - 40MCUBE - MOSQUITO COAST FACTORY | November 8-December 16, 2018
Conception, Design, Curating &
Director of Contemporary Art
Anne Langlois /
Benoît-Marie Moriceau /
Mosquito Coast Factory
Project Coordinator Assistant
Line Production Assistant
Olga Vlassi, Antrianna
Iosifidi, Antonis Marougkas,
Thursday November 8 through Sunday December 16, 2018
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 12am to 8pm
Guided tours: 12pm, 4pm, 6pm
Artworks are installed in various sites within the centre of Elefsina
Info kiosk: Nikolaidou 45 pedestrian street, Elefsina
Initiator is an international artist-in-residence programme focusing on installation art, giving the opportunity to emergent artists, who have graduated from Schools of Fine Arts in Greece and abroad, to conceive an artwork and experiment with small scale installations, under the guidance of experienced artists and curators. This year' selected artists resided and co-worked in Elefsina for a total period of one month; the result of their effort will be open to the public from November 8 until December 16, 2018.
Building on the tradition of commissioning art installations at Paleo Eleourgio (Old Oil Mill), Eleusis 2021 aims to transform the city into an open workshop at the disposal of artists, where the encounter with the artworks becomes part of the everyday life. Specifically, Initiator has an educational character and takes the form of an in-situ exercise, emphasizing on the production process as a series of relationships between the city, the citizens and the artists. Art is an encounter. Eleusis 2021 focuses on supporting artists in their first professional steps, providing them with the space and time to work on their ideas and the technical and financial resources to realize them.
Based on the structure of the ancient ceremony of the Eleusinian Mysteries, we attempt to create new ceremonies, contemporary initiations to contemporary secrets. The structure is triadic: the curators are the mystics who have the ability to interpret the particular codes of the installation, the artists are initiated for the first time, and the “epopteia” (supervisors) are the collaborators who are at the highest degree of initiation and have a deep knowledge of Eleusis.
The initiation process to installation art was carried out in collaboration with the 40mcube, art centre
in Rennes and in particular with the curator Anne Langlois, and the artist and founder of Mosquito Coast Factory in Nantes, Benoît-Marie Moriceau. Also, under the “supervision” of Giorgos Skianis, founder and, for many years, head of the visual art installations at Paleo Eleourgio, of Kalliopi Papageli, for many years in charge of the archaeological site and the Archeological Museum of Elefsina, as well as the collector Kostas Lykidis. Finally, in collaboration with the artistic team of Eleusis 2021 and in particular, with the Artistic Director Kelly Diapouli and the Director of Contemporary Art Eleni Riga, who is responsible for the design and coordination of the programme. The pilot was launched on October 8th 2018, with a one-week intense workshop, a period of in-situ research and production, culminating with this exhibition.
Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture
Hortense Le Calvez
Panos Profitis & Despina Charitonidi
We would like to thank:
_The citizens of Elefsina and especially:
Rea Manousaki, Meletis Kavvadias, Antonis Marougkas, Stavroula and Christodoulos Mpalokas.
_The local workshops, craftsmen and authorities:
Giorgos Giannopoulos, fine carpenter
Konstantinos Vialleris, mechanical from the Garage Nikos “To Teleio”
Charalampos Gargaretas from the port authority, OLE
Tomi and Mario Marko, welders