08.02.2017 - 18.03.2017

Yiannis Theodoropoulos - Sacred Wind

Elika Gallery is pleased to present the solo show Sacred Wind by artist Yiannis Theodoropoulos.

Despite Theodoropoulos’s personal history being intimately interwoven with his work, in terms of their personal references the images on display in his new solo show Sacred Wind gradually distance themselves from the ones of previous exhibitions. The artist’s vocabulary does not change but it becomes more selective. While we come across themes and motifs that we are familiar with from his previous work, symbolism operates on a general, more collective level; from the velvet fabrics to the religious icon that points to religious tradition, Theodoropoulos wittingly chooses the particular which entails the universal, opening up an expanded field for the roaming of the imagination.

Romantic and melancholic at times, the exhibition explores the relationship with, and negotiation of the past, as well as the operation of memory. The images presented are on the one hand too trivial to have been staged, and on the other, too poetic to have simply occurred. These layered photographs are constructed in the space of the home and transformed into esoteric landscapes that allow an improbable view of the ‘outside’. In Sacred Wind Theodoropoulos focuses on ideas of protection and care, the notion of idealization and more importantly on a sense of sanctity that we seem to nowadays be losing sight of, fast.