"Going where we come from", Maëlle Gross
Fluxum Foundation supports "Going where we come from", Maëlle Gross in Athens.
An art walk dealing with identity, borders, and myths, will open on Friday May 19, 2017 in Kypseli. This post-bourgeois area has changed the past decades to become one of the most multi-cultural neighbourhoods in Athens. The project initiated by the Swiss artist Maëlle Gross will run until June 10, 2017.
Maëlle Gross reflects on the permeability of spaces and borders. For her new project, entitled “Going where we come from”, she presents an audiovisual art walk that invites the viewer to stroll alone along the bustling streets of Kypseli. The spectator is guided by oral indications gathered in an audio guide.
Maëlle Gross has Greek origins by her father and Swiss roots by her mother. Her family home didn’t stand so far from Kypseli, on Filira street. Nowadays, Kypseli is an urban area with a high rate of the population being refugees and migrants. Mirroring current events as well as her own family story, Gross evokes memory, borders and integration, through the lives of Kypseli’s inhabitants. Since January 2017, she has been collecting stories, conducting research in situ and immersing herself in the everyday life of the neighbourhood through daily walks and meetings with inhabitants and local communities based and active in the area.
The project is curated by Myrto Katsimicha (Greece) and Olivia Fahmy (Switzerland/Egypt), invited by Mäelle Gross, and coordinated by Gross and Alice Francillon.
Participating artists: Luc Andrié, Gilles Furtwängler, Stelios Kallinikou, Gabrielle Le Bayon, Nikolas Ventourakis, Myriam Ziehli.