ACTION FIELD KODRA EXHIBITION, THESSALONIKI, GREECE, 2012.
Work in two parts: Mixed media diorama sculpture 50cm X 50cm X 65cm (h) and a life-size sign comprized of a steel and timber structure, plywood, acrylic colour and spotlights with dimensions 655cm X 600cm X 770cm (h). ‘Action Field Kodra’ is an annual contemporary art show that takes place in the derelict site of the Kodra ex military barracs. The piece was exhibited as part of a section named ‘Stopover’, themed around the ideas of homeland with references to the history of Thessaloniki, curated by N. Mykoniatis. The sculpture attemts to reconcile imagery from war-zone bombed residential buildings (e.g. Syria, Lybia, Lebanon), with early 20th century Modernist Utopias and a sense of carelessness or defiance of lurking danger. The title comes from a hit song, written in 1823 by Henry Bishop and John Howard Payne. Being part of American popular culture for more than 150 years, it has been heavily used as a title for books, films e.t.c. It has become an almost iconic slogan, also embedded in numerus door-mats around the globe. Photographs 1 to 6 are by Michalis Dalanikas and D. Polychroniadis.