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“Pythia’s Rose Mandala” at The Breeder, Athens, Photo-Andreas Angelidakis

Pythia, The Breeder, Athens

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

The Breeder is pleased to present Chrysanne Stathacos’s (b. 1951) first solo presentation in Greece. Titled Pythia, the show consists two works: The Pythia’s Rose Mandala.

The Pythia’s Rose Mandala is exhibited in the gallery’s ground floor. The Rose Mandala series was originally created to be presented to the Dalai Lama in 2006 for his visit at the University of Buffalo; the Mandalas have been featured in numerous international exhibitions such as AA Bronson’s Garden of Earthly Delights, Kunstverein Salzburg, 2015; Sacre du Printemps, Kunstverein Graz, 2015; The Temptation of AA Bronson, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2013 and will also be included in AA Bronson’s upcoming exhibition at KW Institute of Contemporary Art Berlin in 2018.

The titular “Pythia” is a censer, placed in the centre of the installation and referencing the tripod structures used in ancient Delphi by female oracles. For Stathacos, these bronze structures reference ancient female spirituality – the oracle that prophesies the future and also heals certain pasts. Her use of the Pythia is an act of feminist reclamation of this spiritual ancestry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This installation is initiated and concluded by a time-based performative ritual. Departing from the historical mandala structure, Stathacos plucks dozens of roses apart petal by petal, laying them in a circular formation around a colored mirror, at the center of which stands a Pythia censer. Stathacos invites her audience to participate in the place-setting ritual by engaging them in conversation throughout. This has been described by AA Bronson as an act of ‘public service’. The space is redolent with the scent of roses. Throughout the exhibition these petals are left to dry and although the mandalas maintain their colour, they gradually reduce in size. What remains of the dried-up mandala is blown away by Chrysanne as a closing ritual at the end of the exhibition.

Political Gestures,  Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt

The international exhibition “Political Gestures” is the second of three exhibitions that Galerie Heike Strelow has conceived to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The works shown in this exhibition explore the relationship between the individual, society and the environment in different forms. They raise questions about migration, transculturality and demarcation, but also about personal and collective identity. In doing so, they challenge the viewer, at times in a subtle and at time in a very direct way, to consider his position regarding this questions.

The exhibition will include works by Barbara and Michael Leisgen, George Steinmann and Chrysanne Stathacos, who were already dealing in the 70s and 80s in their work with political and personal identity questions. Their works will be presented in discourse with works by emerging and established artists, like the Syrian artist Khaled Barakeh, the British artist Zavier Ellis, the Venezuelan artist Jose Vivenes, the American artist Travis Somerville as well as the German artists Fides Becker, Goekhan Erdogan, Katrin Ströbel and Hendrik Zimmer. During the opening, Chrysanne Stathacos will do a performance.

Oracle Drawings, The Parliament of Bodies, the Public Programs of documenta 14

“Oracle drawings” is a project initiated and curated by Sozita Goudouna and Paul B. Preciado. It consists of a collaborative staging of a public participatory installation by Karen Finley and Adonis Volanakis and an introductory ritual,  Pythia’s Warm Breath, by Chrysanne Stathacos for The Parliament of Bodies, the Public Programs of documenta 14, and the specific context of Parko Eleftherias.

Working with her text “Delphi, The Womb of the Eurotic World” and Par Lagerkvist’s “The Sibyl,” Chrysanne Stathacos creates a ritual of breathing, meditation and healing with herbs and essential oils that prepares the environment. The project draws from the feminist tradition and takes as 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 our paths have to break apart?

Frieze NY, 1-900 Mirror Mirror at The Breeder 

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 ..

 Performances

Chez Anne – Athens 

This Stocking, Performance Biennial, July 2016,  Athens Greece

Tht Temptation of AA Bronson: A Finissage Witte de With, 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, 2015

Press

Artforum κρίσις Management by Andrew Durbin –  mention of  performance Chez Anne

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

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,

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

Floating poems  – Los poemas flotantes de Chrysanne Stathacos

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

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