Songs of Clay – A Journey Through Ceramics at Shila
Fourteen Greek and international artists have been given free rein to interact with the the charming Shila’s interiors, situating their works organically within its rooms, salons, corridors, and exteriors. Versatile in texture and form, these works range from the whimsical to the sacred, where each piece takes on new meaning. This time-sensitive installation is an ode to the transformative and yet often fleeting encounter with beauty.
What: Songs of Clay’ forms part of a series of ephemeral, site-specific interventions held at Shila Athens that inspire new dialogues between contemporary art, design and interiors, while proposing an alternative viewing experience to that of the white cube. For the first time since its launch, Shila Athens opens its doors to a sensory journey throughout its spaces, where ceramic art comes to the foreground. The exhibition celebrates the serendipitous connection between the organic process of contemporary ceramic creation – one of magnificent and versatile textures and hand molded techniques – and the 1920s neoclassical building evoking peeled layers of time and tactile materiality. A selection of Greek and international artists has been invited to interact with Shila’s distinct environments through the placement of their work in the hotel’s rooms, salons, corridors, and exteriors. Delicate sculptures and abstract figures that range in expression from the whimsical to the sacred take on new meaning in Shila’s interiors, revealing the versatility of the work.
Songs of Clay’ is inspired by the possibility that the objects themselves might have voices and stories of their own, and yet partake in a spontaneous chorus throughout Shila’s evocative milieu.
This time-sensitive, immersive installation – lasting only 48-hours –acknowledges the transformative and yet often fleeting encounter with beauty.
All works are available for sale through the hotel’s shop, Shila Maison d’Objets.
When: November 15 and 16, 19.00 – 22.00
Where: Hotel Shila Athens, Mantzarou 10, Kolonaki