DeAnna Maganias

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PAVILLION 6

In the ancient Greek world Pentelic marble was considered the finest for its purity and glowing white colour. This world-renowned marble was used for the construction of many important buildings, including the Parthenon and sculptures of the Golden Age.

The ancient quarry of Mount Pentelikon was officially closed in the 1970s, but before that Pentelic marble was used for sinks, bathtubs, kitchen counters, and other architectural details during the vast urban building boom of Athens from the 1950s through ‘70s. Now, though the extraction of Pentelic marble is unlawful, the marble known as “Dionissou” is quarried from another side of the same mountain and continues to be exploited for all kinds of construction.

The work, Hollow mountain, uses pieces collected from the vast quantities of discarded marble found in various small industries for stone on the outskirts of Athens: bits and pieces of kitchen sinks form the letters of the name “ΠΕΝΤΕΛΗ”. The marble is placed on the ground, and each letter is 50Χ150Χ100 cm.

Hollow mountain is a monument to Penteli, referring to the appropriation and transformation of ruins/remains. The sculpture is also about waste and destroyed landscape – literally, and as a metaphor for values, which have been exchanged in the interest of the building-industry’s throwaway mentality and the urban reality that has resulted.

DeAnna Maganias

Biography: 

b. Washington D.C., USA

Lives and works in Teverina di Cortona, Italy, since 2010. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence R.I. and at the Cooper Union, New York. After receiving her BFA, she moved to Athens, where she became involved with a group of architects (Center for Architecture) investigating abandoned industrial sites in the port city of Pireas from 1991 to 1993. She uses sculpture, video, painting, and photography to approach unexpected perspectives in architecture, the mundane and the natural world. From 1997 she has collaborated with the Rebecca Camhi gallery, Athens; Paolo Bonzano arte contemporanea, Rome and the Thomas Erben gallery in New York. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaundego, Turin (with the travelling exhibition Investigations of a Dog / Works from the FACE collections, Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Cascais, Portugal, 2010 • La Maison Rouge, Paris, 2010 • Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, 2011• DESTE Foundation, Athens, 2011) • Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany (2010) • Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens (2007) • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2007) • Prague Biennial (2005) • MACRO Museum, Rome (2004) • 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003) • OUTLOOK - the international exhibition of contemporary art, Athens (2003). In 2008 she was awarded the commission for the Greek National Holocaust Memorial dedicated to the Greek-Jewish victims of the holocaust; it was built and inaugurated at Keramikos, Athens in 2010.

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