Five artists from Ithaca return to their small Ionian place of origin for ‘From a Distance’, an exhibition that explores the history of a local landmark, namely the islet of Lazaretto in the bay of Vathy. As its name suggests, the islet was used as a lazaret by the Venetians, a place of quarantine for mariners and travellers before being allowed to reach the main island. This unique condition of Ithaca’s Lazaretto as both a point of arrival and a place of quarantine, as well as its symmetrical position in the amphitheatrical bay, has inspired the five participating artists to use the site for a symbolic homecoming. As the press release of the exhibition says, the five artists “compose works that are in transit or are on the threshold of arriving to a place”, with the exhibition “highlighting the tactics of a suspended arrival at a place of disease, and as such, a place that is transitional.” The exhibition ‘From a Distance’ includes installations, projections, interventions and performances that will take place over the course of two days.
Participating artists: Eva Giannakopoulou, Dionysis Livanis, Aimilia Moraiti, Fanouris Moraitis, Panos Sklavenitis