4# to 9# (A day after a day after a day after a day), 2022
Paky Vlassopoulou’s “A day after a day after a day after a day” takes as a starting point her research on Leros island and its histories of multi-layered confinement. Leros has a long history of incarceration rooted in its exemplary landscape defined by water and unique architectural heritage, [military barracks, indoctrination institutions, prison cells, mental healthcare facilities, highly controlled refugee camps known as “hotspots”]. Thinking of the common living conditions of all these very different cases of unwanted bodies, Vlassopoulou was drawn to the plate as an object widely recognized as a symbol of sustenance and as a domestic object linked to material culture. She created multiple porcelain plates to carry words, lines, scratches, each plate acting like a journal entry documenting numbers of confinement. The plates build up a storyline through drawings, notes and quotations.
Excerpt taken from the press release of Paky Vlassopoulou’s solo exhibition at One Minute Space, Athens, 2023, curated by Florent Frizet.