Newsletter #20


By Danae Stratou
Opening: Saturday, March 18 at 19:00
Venue: Cultural Centre Tatiana Dimou | Artists
Address: 24 Tsamadou, 26222 Patras, Greece

The contemporary art space ”Tatiana Dimou | Artists”, in Patras, presents Danae Stratou’s solo exhibition “Memory Threads – Revisited” and invites you to the opening of the show on SaturdayMarch 18th at 19:00 pm, (24 Tsamadou Str, Patras , Greece). The presentation includes photographic material and an art video documenting the site-specific installation “Memory Threads”, which took place in 2020, in the former textile factory of Piraiki – Patraiki, in Patras.

Danae Stratou’s work Memory Threads is an audio-visual installation that sought to bring back to “life”, through an artistic act, the former textile factory of PIRAIKI – PATRAIKI in Patras. The installation was realised in 2020 in the context of the wider project: Patras, the City of Factories, Rebetiko and Karagiozis. Danae Stratou created a site-specific installation in space Spinning B, which was one of the central production areas of the Factory.

The artist “reinhabited” the space for a month capturing with sieved unprocessed salt the “traces” of the (now gone) textile machines, based on the old engineering plan, maintaining the original layout they had in the factory area when it was operating. The project also includes a “soundscape” consisting of sounds that “echo” the sound of the textile machines such as spinning wheels and looms in operation. The rhythmic sound of the machines coexists with the voices of the former workers as well as Theodoros Stratos, (son of the founder of Piraiki – Patraiki Stamoulis Stratos), as they narrate the whole production process that went on in the now abandoned space decades ago.

The machines’ rectangular cross-sections within the linear floor space, aided by the repetitiveness of their operating sound, emitted a recurring rhythm – a trace of the past that potentially enlivened the memory and activated the abandoned space. The human narratives that faintly filled the air added the ephemeral, human dimension.

Curator: Kleomenis Kostopoulos
Photography: Yiorgis Yerolymbos, Danae Stratou
Video: Danae Stratou with Vasilis Kountouris (s19 studio)
Image Processing & Printing: Vicky Lemoni – Photolab Athens

Exhibition duration: 18th March – 28th April, 2023
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday – Saturday: 9:00 – 14:30
Tuesday – Thursday – Friday: 9:00 – 14:00 | 18:00 – 21:00
Closed on Sundays
Entrance Free

Contact Phone: +30 261 400 2113
Address: 24 Tsamadou, 26222 Patras, Greece