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“Pythia” by Chrysanne Stathacos with Hunter Reynolds opens  at The Breeder, Athens,on September 21, 2017. Pythia, is Chrysanne Stathacos’s first solo presentation in Greece. The two-part exhibition includes “Pythia’s Rose Mandala” installation, which is initiated and concluded by a time-based performative ritual, as well as documentation of Stathacos’s seminal collaborative work “The Banquet” with Hunter Reynolds, which inverts Meret Oppenheim’s “Spring Feast.” Selected as one of the 12 must see exhibitions in Europe for September by Blouin Art Info

“Oracle Drawings” is a  project developed by Sozita Gkountouna and Paul B. Preciado, which includes a collaborative setting with participative public installation of Karen Finley and Anthony Volanaki, and the introductory ritual performance, Pythia’s Warm Breath by Chrysanne Stathacos. A project for the Parliament of Bodies, the Public Action Program of #documenta 14, and the specific environment of Liberty Park.

Working with her text Delphi The Womb of the Eurotic World and The Sibyl of Par Lagerkvist, the Chrysanne Stathacos creates a breathing ritual, meditation and healing with herbs and oils preparing the ground for the ritual of Karen Finley. The project draws from the feminist tradition and take us at a starting point Pythia’s myth and the prophecy as a narrative that foretells the future but also forecloses or heals a certain past. What happens when the door is closed? What remains when out paths have to break apart?

1-900 Mirror Mirror (1993) was shown at Frieze NY with The Breeder, Athens from May 5- May 7th  –  we had the interactive component readings on every day for two hours – with famous psychics and artists! 1-900 Mirror Mirror was well received and on the front page of The Art Newspaper Frieze and selected as one of the 10 Best by iD  ,  and Wallpaper .  Art News featured The Golden Thread from the recent Greek India Series . Here is the link to the book on the history of the project 1993-96 – With text by AA Bronson and photographs by Maxine Henryson.  Frieze Highlights and Looking Forward from Stefan Kalmer  and The Culture Files 

January, 2017  – 

The Breeder Gallery, Athens  presented Chez Anne, on January 26-28, 2017-  a performance and salon intervention by Chrysanne Stathacos, in the artist’s old Athenian home on Lycabettus Hill. Stathacos spoke  of histories both recent and past as she has been conducting home archeology to explore themes of intimacy, identity, and the connection between the artist, family and history within an unchanged space that still embodies the history of the early part of the 20th century. The artist’s collection of vintage costumes and handmade laces that are over 100 years old have been installed within her large scale wall-based works which act as interventions to create new dialogues revealing memories of the past including the occupation of Greece during the World War II. A highlight of the salon is a 74-year old hand knit stocking with a note from the artist’s grandmother (who immigrated to Canada in 1920):

This stocking was knitted by your great-grandmother during the German Occupation of Greece. At that time as you know nobody had a way to find food let alone buy stockings so your great grandmother used to knit stockings for Aunt Lela who was a visiting nurse at the northern part of Greece.

The newly placed works and found everyday objects reveal modes of perception and identification in an active living space which seems stuck in another era and among other things includes a working well. The collection includes pieces from Stathacos’ great grandfather’s textile shop in Tripoli, Greece in the late 1800’s, hand-made laces from her family dating back to 1900, along with costumes she bought from Monastiraki in the 1960-70’s and wore as a young woman. Stathacos’s stories act as a healing proccess, with the revealed memories of the past mirroring today’s events.

  Artforum’s Diary  – Andrew Durbin on Franco “Bifo” Berardi and “the Destruction of Europe”

A book and video of Chez Anne will be introduced later in 2017.

Recent Press includes:

A mention of 466 Bathurst early history in Toronto in Kathy Acker goes to Toronto in Canadian Art

The Banquet inspired  Abby Hertz in  Cosmopolitan   – “Hertz credits the inspiration for the dinner portion of the evening from past works by artists Méret Oppenheim, and Hunter Reynolds and Chrysanne Stathacos,

Trail Blazing Artists Using Scent in Toronto Star

This Stocking, Performance Biennial, Athens, Greece

This Stocking, Performance Biennial, Athens, Greece

 Performances

This Stocking, Performance Biennial, Athens Greece

Tht Temptation of AA Bronson: A Finissage Witte de With, Rotterdam

New Publications

Were You Here, (1984-2015) with xxx/888 books and Ho Tam

Delphi: The Womb of the Eurotic World, EROS, Scapegoat Journal, Spring,2016

Exhibitions

The  Rose Mirror Mandala series at  Salzburger Kunstverein (AA Bronson’s Garden of Earthly Delights)

and Grazer Kunstverein, (AA Bronson’s Sacre du Printemps).

Flower Power,  Fiendish Plots in Lincoln, Nebraska 

The Baby Wish Machines  in  The Botanica”, Carroll and Sons, Boston and Invisible Exports, NYC,

The Rose Mandala Mirror ( of Three Reflections)   in The Temptation of AA Bronson at the Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

The Rose Mirror Mandala (of three reflections for HHDL)” in “The Temptation of AA Bronson”, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Rose Mirror Mandala (of three reflections for HHDL)” in “The Temptation of AA Bronson”, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Recent Press

The Wish Machine in the Toronto Star 

Rose Mirror Mandala installations in Metropolis M , Hyperallergic & here- the Consolation of Temptation , All is Full of Love Art in AmericaArt Forum  Phantasmaphile, and  Springerin.

The Rose Mandala series  and the inspiration behind them was featured in the September 2013  issue of Shambhala Sun

Flower Power in  whitehotmagaizne by Robert Mahoney, and  the Lincoln Star Journal by   L. Kent Wolgamott.

Floating poems  – Los poemas flotantes de Chrysanne Stathacos