From November 18 to January 28, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents the group exhibition Mystery 151 A Rave Down Below featuring the participation of acclaimed artists from Greece and abroad and showcasing a series of new productions, curated by Panos Giannikopoulos.
Mystery 151 A Rave Down Below 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. In Mystery 151 A Rave Down Below, we witness dance and its affinity with the ailing body or even itself as illness and therapy, dance in a state of crisis, as exhaustion that brings pleasure displacing social exhaustion, as escape and counteraction.
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.
Through installations, painting, sculpture, sound, and performance, the exhibition seeks to redefine the boundaries of dance, reflecting on the (collective) body and its absence, memory, and the necessity of movement. It contemplates utopian declarations of dance subcultures, their glorification, thwarting, and commercial exploitation, hovering between desire, disappointment, and expectation. It examines the relationship between dance movements and community formation, as well as demands for social justice, portraying dance as a translinguistic activity for creating a new world: a delirious grammar that is impossible to parse, slippery in mind and unwieldy in the mouth, passing through muscle spasms, chemical compounds, machines and pixels.
Mystery 151 A Rave Down Below coincides with the celebration of "Mesosporitissa" connecting different historical periods of Elefsina while marking the transition into winter.
The opening of the exhibition features a series of performances and an all-night party with local and international DJs.
Duration: November 18, 2023 – January 28, 2024
Wednesday to Friday, 17.00 – 20.00
Saturday & Sunday, 13.00 – 20.00
Location: Old Oil Mill Factory
Opening: Saturday November 18, 20.00
Participating artists: Theodoros Giannakis / Victor Gogas / Stavros Kapetanios / Lito Kattou / Petros Moris / Nkisi / Katerina Papazisi / Georgia Sagri / George Sapountzis / Baratto & Mouravas / Flux Office / Greek Visions / Klaus Jurgen Schmidt / Odete / Diana Policarpo
Curated by: Panos Giannikopoulos
Curatorial director: Zoi Moutsokou
Public Program / Publication: Angeliki Tzortzaki
Architectural Design: Trail Practice
Research: Georgia Liapi
Production: WILD REEDS
Texts: Leandros Kyriakopoulos, McKenzie Wark
2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture
Cover: Wu Tsang, We hold were study, 2017, ευγενική παραχώρηση της Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative (PCAI) Commission. Wu Tsang, We hold where study, 2017, courtesy Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative (PCAI) Commission.
fig. 1: DIana Policarpo, Liquid Transfers, 2022, φωτογραφία εγκατάστασης, ευγενική παραχώρηση του Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo και της Galeria Lehmann + Silva. DIana Policarpo, Liquid Transfers, 2022, courtesy Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Galeria Lehmann + Silva.
fig. 2: Κατερίνα Παπαζήση, To Hell and Back, 2023, λάδι σε λινό. Katerina Papazissi, To Hell and Back, 2023, oil on linen.