PCAI in MOMus Thessaloniki

The Past is not a Foreign Country

PCAI is happy to participate in the "The past is not a foreign country" programme of events organized by MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Collections of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and the State Museum of Contemporary Art. The events take place in the framework of the Greek Ministry of Culture programme titled "All of Greece, One culture".

Does contemporary art bear a sense of intimacy with the past or will the past remain forever a "foreign country"? Can monuments be not only a backdrop but also a starting point for dialogue? This new symbiotic relationship of contemporary art with ancient monuments is attempted to be captured and strengthened through the action plan with the general title "The past is not a foreign country" organized by MOMus. The events take place in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of the City of Thessaloniki in July 23 & 30 at the Conservatory of the Roman Agora and on September 10 & 17 at Eptapyrgio.

The two important archeological sites of Thessaloniki are activated through video projections of contemporary art works from the collections and exhibitions of MOMus. The screenings will be followed by public debates with the participation of the public on issues raised by the works of art themselves, such as the overcrowding of large cities, the disruption of the ecological balance and the Green New Deal in the European Parliament, the social relationships in the age of confinement, the changes brought about by digital culture in the identification of identities. Paraphrasing the title of David Lowenthal's well-known book The Past is a Foreign Country (Cambridge University Press, 1985) and taking into account recent revisions to the methods of "visiting" the past in the context of public archeology, an open dialogue on diligent experimentation, museological practice and cultural policyis attempted. 

Stefanos Tsivopoulos' Amnesialand, a single-channel video projection, produced in 2010, will be presented on Thursday, July 23, 9:00 p.m. at the Roman Agora, Thessaloniki. Amnesialand (Land of Amnesia) was presented in 2018 in the Reselient Futures exhibition organised in Piraeus and Thessaloniki by PCAI and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki. 

George Drivas participates in the MOMus programme with Kepler (2014),  PCAI's first commissioned work. The Kepler screening will take place on Thursday, July 30 at 9 pm at the Roman Agora, Thessaloniki. 

Furthermore, PCAI Collection artist Danae Stratou will participate with two videos: Desert Breath (1997), a land art video documentation of the artist's 1997 work in the Sahara Desert and Vital Space Instabul (2010), a video project comprising two films from the city of Istanbul. One film offers a bird eye’s view of different paths connecting order and disorder, centre and suburb, privilege and dispossession, formal and informal. The second film captures from ground level a sea of people coming toward the camera in sequences filmed in different city locations (e.g. bus station, ferry boat terminal, busy streets). The screenings will take place on Thursday, September 17, at 9:00 p.m. at Eptapyrgio, Thessaloniki.