Realised in collaboration with an American inmate, The Rules focus on the Western penal system and the role of art as a means of communication. The exhibition takes place at Tsitsanis Museum, a former infamous prison in Trikala, Greece and showcases works based on the correspondence of artist Antonis Maros with a prisoner. The Rules explore the idea of two voices, one incarcerated and one free, engaging in performative acts of shared memory. Starting from the objects that are classified as ‘Unauthorised Material’ and through the mechanisms of breathing and language, The Rules investigate the connection between literal and self-imposed prison.
The exhibition includes letters, images and cards as well as objects that were sent to the prisoner and were either approved by the control system or censored and returned to the sender.
Previously served as a state prison, the premises of Tsitsanis Museum will also host a series of live performances, which will recall the former use of the museum, giving voice to the inmate and raising awareness on western criminal justice and issues of prison life.
Parts of the exhibition have been presented at the Royal College of Art (Unauthorised Material, London UK, July 2019) and Athens School of Fine Arts (Material Returned, Athens Greece, September 2016).
The Rules are supported by the Municipality of Trikala, Greece and authorised to take place at the archaeological site of the Museum by the Department of Antiqitues of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
The exhibtion is curated by Marion Emmanuela Maniou.
PERFORMANCE TIME SCHEDULE
Friday 27 December 2019
07:00 am When your loved ones come home (30 min)
Saturday 28 December 2019
12:00 am Material Returned (15 min)
7:00 am The wake up call (15 min)
Sunday 29 December 2019
7:00 pm Escape/ Death Notification (30 mins)