Kiki Smith at the DESTE Foundation in Hydra

The DESTE Foundation Project Space, Slaughterhouse, in Hydra, Greece, features a fantastic exhibition of works by American artist Kiki Smith. The show runs until 30th September 2019.

Smith has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide including over 25 museum exhibitions. Her work has been featured at five Venice Biennales, including the 2017 edition. Smith explains that creativity is given freely, and comes to one often in quiet moments. The artist has been known since the 1980s for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and textiles.

“The slaughterhouse connects the goats to the sea by their blood and entrails being offered. The Capricorn is a goat climbing a mountain whose snake-fish tail enters the sea. The milk is an offering to the goats and the sea. In the Hydra constellation, similar to the island and to the old island’s flag, sits the owl, the cat, the crow, the sextant and the offering chalice.” Kiki Smith poetically explained about this remarkable site-specific presentation.

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Images: George Skordaras and Eftychia Vlachou