Phenomenon is a biennial project for contemporary art held in the Aegean island of Anafi, Greece and it includes a weeklong residency, an exhibition and a publication. It is organized by the Association Phenomenon and the Collection Kerenidis Pepe. The second edition will take place in the summer of 2017: residency/event series week July 3-7th; exhibition July 8-16th (opening reception on Saturday July 8th).
A phenomenon is something that is made appear or brought to light, but that can, as easily, fall back into obscurity or oblivion. On this remote island, suddenly brought out of the darkness by Apollo to provide shelter to the Argonauts, the project explores contemporary art as a lens that reveals the invisible and blurs the apparent. Confronted with its limits, through the encounter with the bright white light and the infinite sea, the mind is summoned to experiment, trace multiple cartographies, displace its perspective and (re)create memories. In offering alternative ways of seeing and investigating the possibilities of the space between visible and discursive, the project is looking to overcome established hierarchies, generate unexpected connections and be a force for change.
For its second edition, Phenomenon will look at how histories, collective and personal, are socially constructed and constantly renegotiated. Anafi, at its small but telling scale, is a prime example of cultural stratification, where an ancient Greek temple quietly serves as the foundation of an orthodox monastery, while the history of the political exiles that were held in Anafi has silently cohabited with the island's local history. What are the forces at play that actualize the visible and the discursive and construct historical formations? How can we reinvent history and denaturalize the master narrative? The project's goal is not to complete history but to argue for a multiplicity of partial and irreducible archaeologies that open up the world to new possibilities.
INVITED ARTISTS. TBA
THE RESIDENCY (JULY 3-7th). During the residency, the invited participants will animate a series of lectures, performances, round tables, projections, walks, or other activities related to the project’s concept. The artists will also conceive and produce in situ works that will become part of the exhibition.
THE EXHIBITION (JULY 8-16th). The exhibition will be hosted in outdoor spaces throughout the island and in the school, a two-storey neo-classical style building in Chora. It will work as an open forum for the artists to propose and produce works in relation to the island and the concept of the project. For the second edition, the exhibition will explore how histories, collective and personal, are socially constructed and constantly renegotiated.
THE PUBLICATION. The documentation of the residency events and the exhibition will be the starting point for the creation of a publication, which will extend the project’s existence and connect it to the following edition.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. The Association Phenomenon and the Collection Kerenidis Pepe would like to thank the Municipality and the people of Anafi, the artists and their galleries, the invited participants and everyone supporting the project.