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‘Αλς - Als’
Glogauair 
Berlin
2022

In a series of sculptural installations, recorded and live performance the artist connects the metaphor of the salt crystals and the miracle tears of Chios island Mastic trees. They both act  as a physical manifestation of emotion undertaking an interpretation of nature, grief, the healing process and place making to create bridges of associations and resonances between social, existential and political narratives.

Salt represents the process of things being broken down into their individual elements, purified and returned integrated to the whole.

Just as there's salt in our tears there is salt in our bodies. The liquids in the body carry a memory of the ocean as they have a chemical makeup similar to seawater.  Making our bodies directly connecting to the ocean.  

The work utilizes different mediums ,  various forms/shapes of the material of salt (architectural shaped salt bricks, salt cubes from the dead sea, running and road salt) and the recreated actions inspired by the rituals of mastic cultivation.

An event that circulates throughout the year. Mastic Cultivation. Chios Island. Men take care of the natural fertilization and pruning of the shrubs in winter, while from mid-June, women sweep, level and clean the ground around the trunk, so that the mastic can easily be recovered. From July, an incision is made in the skin of the bark and main branches with an iron tool. Once the mastic has solidified, women select the larger ‘tears’ first, wash them and place them in wooden boxes in a cool place. Older members of the community are responsible for transmitting the techniques for incision and harvesting the mastiha to younger generations. The culture of mastic represents a comprehensive social event, around which networks of alliances and mutual help have been established. The communal practices are also an occasion for perpetuating collective memory through the narration of old tales and stories. The laborious care throughout the year by men and women of all ages who participate on equal terms in the various stages

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The exhibition ‘Αλς - Als’ was

consisted of:

A floor of 100KG of road salt. 50KG Saltbricks.

 

Ceiling Projection: Mastic tree - Chios 2021 Special credits: Eftychia Sarri

 

Floor projection: Body and salt bricks - Berlin 2022 Special credits: Anabelle Paran

 

Overhead Projection: Moon projection made out of: salt crystals, Salt cubes from the Dead Sea, and a sieve basket.

 

Salt brick sculptures.

 

Small screen: 3 video compositions Large screen: The “Gathering” film Credits: Anabelle Paran, Zane Prater, Sophie Peters, Eloise Gillow.

 

The audience was free to interact with the installation space on the second day of the exhibition.

 

1st Performance :

The work evolves with a performative activation of the space. The space shifts and overlaps through live camera, projection, live sound and live visuals. Performed by Nasia Papavasiliou and the Guest artists Katarzyna Debska https://www.katarzynadebska.com (v-jaying and performance) and the live sound of Jerzy Maczynski. https://jerzymaczynski.com

 

Special credits: Chios island videos: Eftychia Sarri Grunewald Forest videos: Jerzy Maczynski, Katarzyna Debska Kreuzberg: Anabelle Paran

2nd Performance: Performed by the artist. De-activation of the space. The Last Phase of the work.

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