“MY GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS USED TO SAY” appropriates the old Greek say «Όλοι οι καλοί χωράνε» ("there is always room for good people) to revisits the definition of ξενία (xenia) in the light of the current refugee situation in Greece while actualizing the practice of Ancient Greek hospitality and French Savoir-Vivre in contemporary society.
The work is part of the bodies of works Chez Naussica where the artist recreated the ancient guest-host relationship by inviting in a traditional Greek home, small groups of Greek locals, refugees and expats to share anonymously a homemade dinner, reactualizing along the way the guest-host relationship described in the Odyssey. The human interactions and personal stories that unfolded during each meal acted as the starting point for the artist to create a multimedia body of works exploring the revealing of the Self and relationship with the Other. She looked at the way identity shifted within the framework of the dinner thru the simple and genuine human interactions that spontaneously and organically occurred.
2018 CHEZ NAUSSICA | CURATOR: IFIGENIA PAPAMIKROULEA | FRENCH INSTITUTE | ATHENS, GREECE