June 23rd - July 20th, 2017
Dio Horia welcomed Heartburner, the first solo exhibition of Greek artist, Malvina Panagiotidi. The artist dived deep into yesteryear to source long-forgotten, local, old stories. She worked on the crossing point of history and fiction, fact and myth, through revisiting the folklore and associated superstitions and their evolution in the contemporary sociopolitical context. In Heartburner, her body of works took form through a poetic research in stories of the Myconian uncanny, constantly renewing and revising their content and meaning. She turned her focus on the legacy of acts that now seem beyond the limits of the imaginable. In the winter of 1701, French botanist and traveller Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, while on the island of Mykonos, witnessed the exhumation of a suspected vampire (vrikolakas) by the locals; once the heart of the corpse was extracted, the body was burned so as to be purified. The act, recorded by Pitton, was later published in his work “Relation d’ un voyage du Levant”. By revisiting the island’s past and through the descriptions of these Myconian rituals in Pitton’s book, the artist created a series of wax sculptures that form a link with the primordial superstitions of the local community. Digging up and reintroducing this old legend, works almost like a memory resurrection, drawing forth the complex connection between past and present. Legends and their sculptural sediments are nothing else but faint shadowy traces of a past still here. In this regard, wax’s materiality operates as a fragile remembrance of something that can be worked up, elaborated and recomposed but also as a fuel of a memory ready to be burned again.