Νέος Παρθενώνας
:Νεκτάριος Παππάς / Άννα Παπαέτη
Sound Installation, 2019

Makronisos © Solveig Grothe

New Parthenon

  • :Νektarios Pappas/ Anna Papaeti
  • Sound Installation, 2019
  • @Beau Rivage

Deeply rooted in the violence of civil war, the imagination of Hellenism and anti-hellenism continues to haunt the present – the recent reactions to the Prespa treaty are indicative. The title New Parthenon refers to the phrase of Panagiotis Kanellopoulos concerning the detention camps in Makronissos during the (post) civilian period: “national sanatoriums”, “therapeutic clinics” of the consciences of the Greek left wing supporters that have been infected by the microbe of communism. Their aim is to “reform” and reintegrate them into the society. 

The prisoners were characterized as Slavs or Bulgarians who had lost their Greekness, a category that historically derives from the position of the Communist Party of Greece in 1924 over the creation of an independent Macedonia within a Balkan federation, which however changed in 1935. The”cure” included torture, hard forced labor, speeches and music. The instrumentation of music in this context gives it a dark dynamic, contradicting its usual perception as a kind of art that refines.

About artist

Anna Papaeti holds a PhD from King’s College London. Her research examines the grid of music, violence and trauma. Papaeti has been supported by the Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission (FP7, Horizon 2020), DAAD, Onassis Foundation and others.

 She is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie researcher at the Panteion University based on the use of music in situations of detention in the (post) civil war period in Greece. In this framework, Papaeti organized the international conference and exhibition titled “Soundscapes of Trauma” (2019). She has published in collective volumes and scientific journals, and she has co-curated two special volumes on music, torture and punishment. Indicative of the diffusion of her work in the public sphere was her presence at the international art exhibition documenta 14, the podcast The Undoing of Music (Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid) and the installation of The Dark Side of the Tune for the exhibition Hypnos (along with Nektarios Pappas) at the Onassis Cultural Centre in 2016. 


Nektarios Pappas was born in Athens in 1972 and studied Sociology at the Panteion University (1990-1995). Since 2014 he is a student at the Athens School of Fine Arts in the workshop lead by Professor Zafos Xagoraris. Currently Pappas completes his thesis. In 2016 he participated in the documenta14 School of Listening program in Kassel and as a keynote speaker at Documenta’s Meetings# 2 program. He has collaborated with The Moving Silence Festival Athens as a music consultant and musical editor (2011-2015). 

From 2017, he is collaborating as a speaker on sound-related educational programs at Onassis Cultural Centre (Dismantling Tools, Big Bang Festival). His artistic practice focuses mainly on sound installations and on the challenges of logical discrepancies in public space. His works have been presented in various group exhibitions: Soundscapes Of Trauma at the Athens Conservatoire, Hypnos at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Kafeneion at the Pink House, Antwerpen (BE), TILT Platform: Nameless Project in Loutraki, Anathena at DESTE Foundation, Keep on Keeping on. A Visual Meta-Collection at the American College, diestangabend # 85 in KLUCKYLAND, Vienna (AU), Reality Through Fiction in Circuits and Currents.

More at: http://nektariospappas.com/