27 January 2017- 17 March 2017
Πλάνητες (planites) is the title of the opening exhibition of Cultural Capital of Europe Pafos2017. With etymological origins in the word πλάνης (planis), πλάνητες in Greek literally mean the rootless and the itinerant in constant move. In the exhibition, the notion is extended and used as a cause for reflection on the present moment of relocation and displacement, migration and mobility using as reference point the city of Pafos, a place where historical narratives and people traverse in space and time. Harnessing both utopian and dystopian modes of existence, πλάνητες in Pafos can be explorers and travelers, tourists and Goddess Aphrodite, migrants looking for a better future and refugees fleeing war. In its most widespread use, however, the word πλάνητες means celestial bodies in orbit in a constantly expanding network of parallel universes, where Earth and its assumed fate as the only living planet in the cosmos, instigates questions relating to the mystery of existence.
Seeking to encourage a reflection on contemporary issues, the exhibition and the parallel events programme that accompanies it includes participants from the arts and theory practice whose work addresses key facets of the notion of πλάνητες either directly or indirectly in a range of formats that include film and photography, drawing and painting, installation and text. The exhibition is curated by Elena Parpa.
Venues and participating artists to be announced soon.
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