In this exhibition, Mary Chatzaki is presenting her photographic records during the restoration of ancient monuments on the islet of Despotiko, near Antiparos, where, as revealed by the excavations, lie the ruins of a sanctuary, which used to be renowned all over Ancient Greece. Her photographic documentation marks the first time that the work of restoring an archeological monument is recorded and presented in a systematic and detailed manner through a series of photographs. “Chatzaki’s photographic captures pay homage to the material and immaterial aspect of people’s toil.True samples of documentary photography, they seek to call the viewer’s attention to the unseen and largely unknown aspects of a painstaking, almost unimaginable, task: that of the restoration of an ancient monument.”
The opening of the exhibition includes a lecture by Yannos Kourayos, Archaeologist of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, Ministry of Culture and Director of Excavation in Despotiko, Antiparos.
Following the opening at the Hellenic American Union, the exhibition will travel to the USA to be presented at the Greek Consulate in New York on October 10, 2019. The catalog complementing the two exhibitions is published by Melissa Publishing House with the support of the Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs (KIKPE).