Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ancient Phocis and Heart of Darkness

The Archaeological Museum of Amfissa showcases finds from Amfissa and other sites in the Prefecture of Phocis, dating from the Bronze Age to the Early Byzantine period, which illustrate fully the ancient history of region. 

The museum is housed in a typical two-storey urban dwelling of the early twentieth century, one of the very few of its kind preserved in the city. The building, which had previously been used by the National Bank of Greece and as a police station, was ceded by the City of Amfissa to the Ministry of Culture in 1987. The museum has several exhibition rooms on two floors and a multi-purpose exhibition/lecture hall. There is a collection of inscriptions in the courtyard. A restored adjacent building houses a conservation laboratory. 

The Archaeological Museum of Amfissa is overseen by the Tenth Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. Although relatively new, it attracts a large number of visitors and contributes through its educational character and activities to the better understanding of local history. [ source ]

Heart of Darkness

Maro Michalakakos

Maro Michalakakos's installation Red Carpet (2011) is a burgundy coloured strip of velvet whose shaved parts reveal the sharp gnawing claws of some sort of otherwordly creature. The scalpel used as brush, takes the fabric’s nap off in order to distinguish the claw marks. By reversing the roles inherent in both the victimizer and the victim, huntsman and quarry, the work seduces, startles and provokes. The work relates to issues of power, domination and the dialectical irreconciliation of life and death. On an existen- tial level, the viewer witnesses the agony and mania of a sentient being fighting for its survival, grabbing at the last vestiges of hope.

Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers' installation Akropolis Now is constructed of razor wire mesh of the sort used in prisons or concentration camps and is inspired from various sources. The work's title is a direct reference to Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now which, as Geers' work also does, draws from Joseph Conrad's book, Heart of Darkness, the epic river trip in the heart of the jungle. All three works are an allegorical journey of inner exploration to the heart of darkness of the inner psych. [ source ]

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