From a Distance at the Lazaretto, Ithaca


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

Eva Giannakopoulou, Doureio Yffos, 2016
Fanouris Moraitis, Lazareto Sphinx, 2020
Panos Sklavenitis, Kovatorthi, 2020
Dionysis Livanis, Public Domain, 2015
Eva Giannakopoulou and Panos Sklavenitis, Sarakiniko, 2018