Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens: The House

KATERINA ZACHAROPOULOU
The House
31 May – 5 July, 2012

The Bernier/Eliades Gallery is pleased to present the third solo exhibition by Katerina Zacharopoulou.

Katerina Zacharopoulou’s new show, entitled "The House", follows her latest body of work “Petronella Oortman” presented in May and June 2011 at the Bey Hammam in Thessaloniki (Curator: Tsiaras Syrago). It was a production of the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art and consisted of nine video walls and one installation. It is also based on the true story of the construction of the miniature house of Petronella Oortman. Petronella Oortman was a wealthy lady, wife of a silk merchant that lived in Amsterdam during the 17th century. The actual Miniature House, which is a showcase with floors, furniture and replicas of the real home objects, textiles and tapestries, is exhibited in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

In her video work "The House of Petronella Oortman”, Katerina Zacharopoulou reconstructs the showcase-cabinet, in its true scale. Inside the cabinet we observe a woman who appears mysteriously and experiences some everyday life behaviors: walking in the room, wiping, daydreaming, waiting. With simple and repetitive movements she is simultaneously involved and withdrawn from the familiar home environment. Different versions of her are appear at the same time, within or outside the window, while the repeated movements emphasize the passage of time.

In another cabinet, in another video installation we are invited to observe “The Watchmaker” who works persistently on an old clock, trying to make the time to work again.

These two central works of the exhibition examine different versions of the concept of the House as arc of personal memory; physical property as the intangible manifestation of subjectivity; and ultimately the actual artistic process of integration and passage into ethereal realms.

The exhibition incorporates sounds from the life of Petronella Oortman in the home-closet, while a prelude by Chopin accompanies her movements as a pattern of a personal, voluntary incarceration.

The Gallery is open Tue-Fri 10:30 to 18:30, Saturday 12:00 to 16:00.

BERNIER/ELIADES GALLERY
11 Eptachalkou Street
Athens, GR-118 51
www.bernier-eliades.gr

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