Alessia De Pasquale opens the doors to a residential apartment in the heart of Athens, presented as an artefact, and the renovation is the result of a yearlong collaboration between De Pasquale and the pioneering Greek architect, Dionisis Sotovikis. The apartment also becomes a stage for a new body of works by De Pasquale. Each series explores different notions of home and belonging, moving from personal memories to collective ideas of home and belonging as a physical and psychological space.
A serie of terrazzo sculptures entitled FRAGMENTS examines the intertwined relationship between domestic architecture and the self. Commonly comprised of fragments of marble, quartz, granite, glass, terrazzo was first used in Venice in the 15th century, and is common throughout residential architecture in Greece, as well as in De Pasquale’s native Sicily. The series serves as a material memory of home, tracing a history between Greece and Italy, between the grandeur of Venetian architecture to the humble familial setting. The terrazzo’s composite form, meanwhile, evokes the way a unified sense of home is often constructed from disparate strands, times, and places.
The exhibition's fundamental question is how do we find a sense of home within ourselves, beyond the bricks and mortar of a house?
Words by Charlotte Jansen
Photographed by Giorgos Vitsaropoulos
FRAGMENTS, mixed media