Its Luminous Saying Must Be Left A Conjecture
Curated by Kalliopi Minioudaki
Aeschylia 2016, Palaio Elaiourgeio (Old Oil Mill), Eleusis
Duration: September 3 - November 15, 2016
Eleni Panouklia’s large-scale, site-specific installation Ό,τι φωτεινό έχει να πει, θα πρέπει να μείνει εικασία (Its luminous saying must be left a conjecture) was commissioned by Aeschylia 2016.
Meant to be experienced at night, Its luminous saying must be left a conjecture is a mixed-media intervention that occupies select spaces of the complex of abandoned manufacturing units known today as Palaio Elaiourgeio (Old Oil Mill) of Eleusis, converting industrial ruins into an evocative earthy soundscape of difficult paths and inaccessible sanctuaries—an allegorical “whole” sunk in darkness. Beginning and ending in the backyard of the derelict factory, it consists of two cyclically communicating environments that entail separate—both collective and private—explorations to complete the work and activate the dialogue of light and dark that underpins its enigma. Its luminous saying must be left a conjecture immerses the viewer in a contrapuntally structured experience of darkness by combining a disorderly, pulsating landscape of powerful sonorous enclosure with a lonely ritual itinerary through the silent passageway of a long building, where an interactive event awaits each viewer. Together, the two environments seek to affectively advance both timely critical and timeless existential realizations through distinct bodily and reflective enlightenments, or, better yet, “un-concealments” of the wholeness of being in darkness.
Panouklia has studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (2004), sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma (2003-04) and Chemistry at the University of Patras (1995). She completed her postgraduate studies in Sculpture on a scholarship that she received from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (2007). She works and lives in Athens, Greece.
The site-specific installation Ό,τι φωτεινό έχει να πει, θα πρέπει να μείνει εικασία (Its luminous saying must be left a conjecture) for Aeschylia 2016, Eleusis, is her fifth solo show. She has also exhibited at the Shanghai Federation of Literature and Arts (2015), 2nd Mardin Biennial (Turkey, 2012), ReMap3 (Athens, 2011), 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009), MIR Festival (Athens, 2008), European Mobile Lab for Interactive Media Artists (Vienna, Rovaniemi, Athens 2008-2009) and, State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, 2006) among others. Qbox has represented her since 2005.