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As part of Open House Athens 2023, Alessia De Pasquale opens the doors to a residential apartment in the heart of the Kipseli neighbourhood, Athens. 

 

The apartment is presented as an artefact: a home built in 1960 that has changed hands through di fferent families over time, imbued with its own layers of a private history. The renovation is the result of a yearlong collaboration between De Pasquale and the pioneering Greek architect, Dionisis Sotovikis. Merging the artistic language and expressions of De Pasquale with Sotovikis’ notions about sentimental structuring and building time, they challenge the traditional idea of home and its components. The design is playful and raw, the new shape of the space contrasting with parts that have been stripped away to make the previous owner’s decisions visible like scars – from the old wallpaper and paint to the original flooring. 

 

The apartment also becomes a stage for a new body of works by De Pasquale, including sculptures, art objects, installation, video and an interactive piece. 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. Evocative, playful, and at times disturbing, HOME is an intimate and provocative interrogation of the individual, introspective journey to create a sense of belonging in an unstable and ever-changing world. As James Baldwin proposes in his 1956 novel, Giovanni’s Room: “perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”

Words by Charlotte Jansen

Photographed by Giorgos Vitsaropoulos 

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