Katerina Zacharopoulou / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Katerina Zacharopoulou

The Table of Narrations

Opening: Mon 30 JAN | 21:00

Installation:
30 JAN – 24 FEB | Mon-Sun  12:00-21:00
Free admission | Foyer 4+
 
Performance:
See below the hours and days*
To participate, send an email to trapezi_afigiseon@sgt.gr
 
Public discussion (in Greek):
3 FEB | 20:30
Free admission | Foyer 5+
The Onassis Cultural Centre welcomes Katerina Zacharopoulou to host "The Table of Narrations". A cut-away doll’s house full of miniature furniture and household objects invites the public in to reconstruct their private domestic environments of memory and desire within its walls.
The entrance of spectators to the performances and discussion is free and on a first come, first served basis.
The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before each event.
The Onassis Cultural Centre welcomes Katerina Zacharopoulou to host "The Table of Narrations".

Katerina Zacharopoulou asks her guests to represent spaces that mean something to them, which move them or relate to key incidents in their lives, from memory. The invitation is extended to anyone who wants to narrate memories centred on homes they lived in or abandoned, lost or dreamed of owning. "The Table of Narrations" is an open stage with rooms, furniture and household objects plus cameras that observe, record and preserve the movements of hands as they move furniture around, along with the accompanying narrations.

Visitors who haven’t applied to narrate their own narrations can follow the action on auxiliary screens set up outside the set/doll’s house.

The installation references the concepts of shelter and security, of the Home and domesticity. The work reveals a world of desires in miniature, using the arranging and rearranging of its rooms to allow people to (re)live emotions and situations that can be hard to prise out of memory, however many changes, departures and returns life may have held in store. A familiar world which at some point turned into a dream or nightmare, a reality or utopia, is rendered tangible and available by being imbued by human experience and imagination enhanced via art.

"The Table of Narrations" installation is presented in parallel with the "Dollhouse of Petronella Oortman show" at the Benaki Museum’s Piraios with the support of the Outset Contemporary Art Fund (Greece). Produced by the Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki / State Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Syrago Tsiara, the exhibition, which was first shown at the Bey Hamam in Thessaloniki in 2011, is a linked visual narration inspired by the Dollhouse of Petronella Oortman in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum.

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Organized by: Pasqua Vorgia, Konstantina Soulioti

We would like to thank the “Melissa” network of migrant women in Greece and Shedia magazine for their significant contribution.

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*The performance will be held the following hours and days:
Monday 30 January | 19:00-21:00
Friday 3 February | 18:00-20:00 
Friday 10 February | 17:00-20:00 
Friday 17 February | 17:00-20:00 
Friday 24 February | 17:00-20:00 

At all other times, the installation will be on display along with the narrations recorded to date.

In parallel, a public discussion will be held (only in Greek) on Friday 3 February, on the concept of the home in contemporary art. The discussion, which will feature the artist Katerina Zacharopoulou and the art historian Syrago Tsiara, will be held in the OCC’s 5th-floor foyer.

To take part in Katerina Zacharopoulou’s performance, send an email to trapezi_afigiseon@sgt.gr, including your name, age and a short paragraph describing why you would like to participate. Due to limitations on the number of participants, should more people apply to participate
than can be accommodated, a selection will be made and notice given to applicants.

The entrance of spectators to the performances and discussion is free and on a first come,
first served basis.
The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before each event.

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