Avarna Fluida at Niocastro / Pylos, Greece

 Avarna Fluida

Contemporary Art Exhibition at Niocastro Pylos

Participating artists: 

Stella Christofi, Dionysis Christofilogiannis, Martha Dimitropoulou, Errands, Giannis Grigoriadis, Giorgos Gyparakis, Antonis Kanellos Georgia Kotretsos, Konstantinos Kotsis, Irini Miga, Kostis Velonis, Theodoros Zafeiropoulos.

Curated by Stella Christofi

Duration 15/10-28/10/2023

Niocastro Pylos

Messinia, Greece

The group exhibition of contemporary art "Avarna Fluida" is organized at the Nyokastro of Pylos, curated by Stella Christofi and in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messinia (Ministry of Culture) with the common vision of developing a fruitful dialogue at the meeting of the ancient monument with contemporary art. The exhibition is supported by the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation. 

Niokastro was built by the Ottomans in 1573 after their defeat at the naval battle of Nafpaktos to better control one of the most important commercial sea routes between East and West and is one of the best preserved castles in Greece. Inside it are monuments, museums and exhibitions that offer a timeless tour of the area of Pylia and the wider region.

The exhibition Avarna Fluida, with its title referring to the name of the castle during the Ottoman period, returns to the fluidity of time and the revival of past traces in the present. The vision continues with a nomadic character in places that have been "fossilized" by re-approaching archaeology and the broader concept of landscape by exploring the connection between different approaches. As Agamben explains, the viewer not only perceives that the images are moving, but are transformed, as is very natural in these images. The images charge themselves out of time, almost at the point where they explode. This temporal saturation constitutes their specific aura.

The works are exhibited in the open spaces of Niocastro proposing contemporary gestures with sculpture, installations and 3D constructions, while the exhibition starts with site specific and sound performances. 

The exhibition is accompanied by the bilingual publication of the same name with the poetic and theoretical discourse of Andreas Embiricos, Zoe Kalfa, Stella Christofi, Errands, extending its interdisciplinary approach.