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Wall Memories
Maria Houlaki




More than merely built-up areas consisting of houses and public services, cities are loci of meetings and exchange. They are cultural loci, which often transubstantiate their energy via artistic channels into new ways of looking at life.

In an attempt to redefine my relationship with Heraklion, I sought a motive for approaching what is an aesthetically distressed city. I went in search of small, insignificant objects of the type we pass by without noticing, so as to record their contribution to the history of everyday life. I found myself face to face with an unknown, hidden face of the city, made up of the fading colours on walls and dimensions of structures built on a human scale.

WALL MEMORIES is a photographic imprint of the plaster on ruined houses in Heraklion’s old city, which progresses from a colour landscape into a linear and geometric topography.

The pictorial approach focuses on the variety of colour hues and wall textures, while the notional approach extends to issues concerning the loss of collective memory.

Beyond simply recording reality, photographic representation may further hint at a new, autonomous, transcendental reality.

28/02/2007
Echoe

Maria Houlaki's work was exhibited at the Historical Museum of Crete (2005) and at the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (2006)

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