Irini Karayannopoulou

Athens (1973)

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Irini Karayannopoulou, Elixsir, Polcenigo (PN), Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua. Ph. Federico Gallo.

The artist will realize a site-specific work in the village of Polcenigo, in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. International fashion and politics magazines, newspapers, and vintage and contemporary photos form the basis of her intervention through painting, collage, drawing and video, in an open dialogue with the collective stories of popular culture, aimed at building new semantic systems. Her practice is guided by both personal and political reflections. In 2020, she exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and in 2019, at the MOMus Museum, on the occasion of the 7th Thessaloniki Biennial in Greece. For more info: Her Elpis collaborator is Marta Oliva.

«A pocket book inspired by 1960’s Italian press, stickers of my invention, prints, and an animated film, spread organically throughout Polcenigo. I see this project as an invitation to a safe playground, where everything is possible after a long period where nothing was. A magic potion, a treatment really – I am more than pleased to share my Elixsir»

The exhibition


curated by Marta Oliva

The ancient alchemists defined Elixsir (or Elisir) an alchemical substance capable of giving eternal life. More recently, in the pharmaceutical context, the same word responded to the definition of liquid medicine composed of different elements.
Irini Karayannopoulou works starting from this duality of meaning. By researching archival materials, magazines, newspapers, postcards, history books, the artist develops a specific project for the village of Polcenigo. Painting and collage on images and memories are installed along the streets, alleys, inside the shop windows and in some hidden points of the village.
Elixsir is a composite of different elements that also includes: a short film made in collaboration with the film editor Sandrine Cheyrol and the psychiatrist and Sound Artist Chris Kalafatis, in which Polcenigo is reinterpreted from a historical and naturalistic point of view; and finally, a pop magazine in pocket format, in which the artist intervenes on the images of famous actors of the golden era with the techniques of drawing and collage.

Free access, except for the short film at La Loggia, Piazza Madonna, 10, Polcenigo (PN), open during all weekends until 26.09.2021, from 4 to 7pm. Closed on 7-8th and 14-15th August 2021.

The village

Polcenigo, Friuli-Venezia Giulia

46°02’03.6″N 12°29’35.5″E

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Irini Karayannopoulou, Elixsir. Panoramic view of Polcenigo (PN), Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua. Ph. Federico Gallo.

Polcenigo is a village of 3,165 residents in the province of Pordenone, which is 18km away, in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The territory is home to numerous examples of natural beauty: the Buco del Gorgazzo, the «Bus» celebrated by the words of anonymous poets and depicted by Luigi Nono; the Palù, one of the 111 European alpine pile-dwelling sites, named an UNESCO site in 2011; the sources of the Livenza and the «Santissima» rivers; and the S. Floriano park, an extraordinary environmental area and the only rural park in Italy.

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the Mayor Mario Della Toffola, the Pro Loco of Polcenigo, Palazzo Scolari, La Loggia, Albergo diffuso of Polcenigo.

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