PCAI is glad to announce that We Hold Where Study by Wu Tsang, a PCAI commission, will be featured in Mystery 151 A Rave Down Below. The exhibition, curated by Panos Giannikopoulos in the context of Eleusis European Capital of Culture 2023, explores the political dynamics of the body in motion from a simultaneously geological and cultural underground point of departure. Alchemical wanderings from the historical past towards mythology and a post-industrial present culminate in a delirious dance. Inebriation, intoxication, revulsion, euphoria, release, vent, and ascent; a circular path from the body to the ground and back again.
The exhibition’s narrative unfolds through the myths and history of the city of Elefsina and its Mysteries, with dance serving as a means of climax, a sacred ritual, and a method for exploring concepts of death and loss. Mystery 151 A Rave Down Below focuses on the potential for creating corporeal archives, nonlinear knowledge transmission, and storytelling with unexpected cross-cultural affinities. The ephemeral, physicality, uncertainty, and performativity elements serve as critical starting points and accompany the audience through the viewing and participation process.
Mystery 151 A Rave Down Below features also works by PCAI Collection artists Lito Kattou and Petros Moris among others. The exhibition opens on Saturday, November 18, 2023, and will be on view until Sunday, January 28, 2024, at the Old Oil Mill Factory in Elefsina.
Image credits: Wu Tsang, We Hold Where Study, 2017, two-channel video installation (image still), commissioned by PCAI, PCAI Collection