"PLEDGES" by Kalliopi Lemos
16 March 2014 until 04 September 2014
The site-specific installation "PLEDGES" by Kalliopi Lemos in the courtyard of the Byzantine
In an era of deep economic and social crisis, the Museum chooses to display a contemporary work of art imbued with the notions of interculturality, of social solidarity and equity, of peace.
An authentic –now abandoned– boat which has been used to transfer immigrants is covered with more than 10,000 tamata (votive offerings), both handcrafted from beverage cans and factory-made, incised with the names, dates and places of birth of immigrants.
The installation focuses on the journey as transition from despair to hope, from death to life, expressing the constant human quest.
Votive offerings, a timeless symbol of the human drama, materialize the agonizing request for divine mediation.
The work focuses on the courage of the human soul and the power of life itself.