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Mystery 19
Visual Arts Initiator

The Visual Arts (V.A.) Initiator program aims to introduce young visual artists to the art of in situ installation and site-specific performance, under the supervision of a curatorial team, and to give them the opportunity to experiment with small and medium-scale works.

 

But Don’t Tell Anyone is a residency and exhibition on initiation and secrecy. When a person is entrusted with a secret, part of the excitement is the power it gives them to possibly (and discreetly, of course) share it further. The Eleusinian Mysteries rank as the most secret and, at once, the most democratic rites to have been performed in ancient Greece. Revealing any information about them was punishable by death. Thousands of people, including women, slaves, and non-Greek citizens, were initiated each year, swearing an oath of secrecy in order to partake in the mysteries of Demeter.

These rites – which touched on the afterlife, the cult of agriculture and rebirth, spirituality, and psychedelic and communal experience over the course of almost two millennia – remain an unsolved enigma right down until today, and are still core to the identity of the town, which has since become a major Greek industrial hub. The residency programme is inviting five emerging artists to spend time in Elefsina, where they will be initiated by five international artists. Taking the speculation that surrounds these extraordinary pagan rites as a starting point, the residency and its resulting exhibition – comprising five new commissions by the resident artist initiates and five existing works by their mentor “initiators,” all installed inside the archaeological site – are seeking to reinterpret the meaning of such notions as initiation and secrecy today, forging forth in various social, political, poetic, and cyber directions.

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People - Society
The first axis spans the evolution of society from Antiquity to the present in order to connect the strange with the familiar, to discover hidden aspects, memories and elements of cultural diversity. The thematic axis People | Society focuses on inclusion, the way that European society is shaped and, the ways in which we interact with each other, through the three themes/notions “Europe of Citizens”, “Europe, Daughter of Phoenix” and “Human Mysteries”.
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Mystery 178 Collecting flowers with her girlfriends

From 29 March to 8 April, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents in the foyer of Cine Eleusis Cultural Centre Mystery 178 Collecting flowers with her girlfriends, an exhibition dedicated to the flora of the Archaeological Site of Elefsina, created by the artist Violeta Diamanti-Meletiou and the teacher Irini Yovanou.


Mystery 197 Paper World - A Letter about Elefsina

From April 13th to April 16th, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents an exhibition with artistic creations by Nicoletta Granitsa (aka Magemeli, a name that is inspired by the “alchemical” society of bees), under the title: Mystery 197 Paper World – A Letter to Eleusis, at the Canteen – Art Hub.


Mystery 176 Cinema Days

“The 3rd three-day documentary screening event is coming to the historic Cine Elefsina with an unpredictable tribute by the Greek Documentary Association, the premiere of the film ‘Persephone, the Red Carpet,’ and screenings for children and young adults!”

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