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Heart of Darkness

NEON & Athens Epidaurus Festival 2013

03/06/2013 - 20/06/2013

Maro Michalakakos
Red Carpet, 2011 | Heart of Darkness | NEON and Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2013 | Installation View
Courtesy NEON
Kendell Geers | Akropolis Now, 2004 | Heart of Darkness | NEON and Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2013 | Installation View
Courtesy NEON
Maro Michalakakos | Red Carpet, 2011 (detail) | © Panos Kokkinias
Kendell Geers | Akropolis Now, 2004 | Heart of Darkness | NEON and Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2013 | Installation View
Courtesy NEON

DETAILS

Heart of Darkness

03/06/2013 - 20/06/2013

Athens Epidaurus Festival | Pireos 260 | Building A

Curator | Dimitris Paleocrassas
Information
Guided tours with Maro Michalakakos:

Thursday 20 June, 27 June and 4 July¨| 19:30-20:30

Talk

Kendel Geers on his work
Wednesday 19 June | 19:00

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 Press Release (GR) >

NEON presents the exhibition Heart of Darkness, curated by Dimitris Paleocrassas at Peiraios 260, Building A. A dialogue between South African artist Kendell Geers and Maro Michalakakos of Greek origin.

Kendell Geers’ installation Akropolis Now (2004) is constructed of barbed razor wire of the sort used in prisons or concentration camps and is inspired from various sources. The work’s title is a direct reference to Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse Now  which, as Geers’ work also does, draws from Joseph Conrad’s book, Heart of Darkness, the epic river trip in the heart of the jungle. All three artworks are an allegorical journey of inner exploration to the heart of darkness of the inner psyche.

Maro Michalakakos’s installation Red Carpet (2011) is a burgundy coloured strip of velvet whose shaved parts reveal the sharp gnawing claws of some sort of otherwordly creature. It unfolds in many meters of space thereby creating an agonizingly palpable intensity. The work relates to issues of power, domination and the dialectical irreconciliation of life and death. On an existential level, the viewer witnesses the agony and mania of a sentient being fighting for its survival, grabbing at the last vestiges of hope.

The title of the exhibition is a reference to Joseph Conrad’s book, Heart of Darkness.

Kendell Geers | Akropolis Now, 2004 | Installation View In the Flesh, Salon 94, New York | © Kendell Geers

Maro Michalakakos | Red Carpet, 2011 (detail) | © Panos Kokkinias

NEON NARRATIVES | Kendell Geers in conversation with Maro Michalakakos, Dimitris Paleocrassas

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