From Alexander the Great to Napoleon or Hitler, the imperialist plunder of art works dates back to Antiquity and has been a recurring practice over the centuries. Museums are increasingly facing requests for works from their collections to be returned to their countries of origin, such as the Parthenon sculptures exhibited in the British Museum, one of the most prominent examples of this phenomenon over recent years.
Alexandra Pirici, artist and choreographer, whose performative actions often explore the historical implications of monuments, uses the request of repatriation of the famous Parthenon sculptures to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, as a metaphor and an entry point into a larger discussion about the production of economic value within the global cultural heritage or the role of the arts within today’s economies. Pirici proposes a performative, immaterial version of the sculptural ensemble that can materialize in various contexts around the world, via memory and embodiment. Parthenon Marbles will be presented during three consecutive days at the Palácio da Bolsa, and will encourage us to imagine a more equitable and sustainable field of transnational culture.
Textual layer written in collaboration with VICTORIA IVANOVA
Commissioned and produced by FUTURE CLIMATES (ANTONIA ALAMPI and ILIANA FOKIANAKI) and KADIST (Paris/San Francisco)
Performers LUCIENA LUBIMOVA, KATHRYN MARSHALL, MAIRI PARDALAKI, NICOLAS VAMVOUKLIS, KATYA VOLKOVA