The blue procession is an art experience taking place during the journey to Kaloritsa, following the trail leading to the hill of Prophitis Ilias (in Giroulas,
Naxos) up to the ruins
of the Byzantine monastery. The artist Irini Gonou as a pilgrim is mapping the metaphorical
journey in its proper space, marking his physical and spiritual territory, during
the walking process.
"In the realm of the ritual the amuletic aspect of the cloth is reaching its essential property. Equally protective the blue color evokes at the same time the spiritual search in the Mediterranean culture. Tracking the path along with the blue plant dyed cloths attached to the shrubs the protective power of the cloths is extended to join the plant’s natural ability of revival. Individual or collective the “path” is the metaphor of the pilgrim’s inner journey" the artist said.
At the end of the trail there is a well hidden natural cave converted into church with frescoes dating from 9th to 13th c. Over the cave and around there are arches and alcoves, abandoned remains of the Byzantine monastery.
"The Big Blue Cloth hanging in an alcove of the Byzantine ruin is marking the end of the path. Made out of cotton fabric dyed in blue and other natural materials attached on it, the Big Blue Cloth functions as a big amulet while at the same time is a nod to the annual circle of life, fertility, environmental balance and agriculture, a vital domain of the island’s activities".
The church in the cave is a
. Once a year on December 26 people from all around the
island make the journey up to the hill, walking on the steep trail, to perform
the annual pilgrimage to the sacred place. temple
The Blue procession as an art experience-journey will remain at the site of Kaloritsa from 23/5 up to 23/9/2017.
The Blue procession is a parallel event of the Naxos festival organized by AEON Non Profit Cultural Organization.
More informations: http://www.bazeostower.gr/eng/festivals.php?year=2017
Athens, Irini Gonou graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts and from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in , where she lived for eleven years. She
has shown her artwork in thirty solo exhibitions in Paris Greece,
France, Belgium, Germany,
UK, USA, Egypt
Her solo exhibition Al-Khatt, the magic
script on 2009 was held in the Norway Museum
of Islamic Arts in . What is more, she has participated in
a numerous group exhibitions in Athens
and abroad. Her artwork is included in several Museum collections, Municipal
Galleries, private Museums and Foundations, as well as to a variety of
important private collections in Greece and abroad. Greece
She lives and works in
and teaches regular workshops on the Mediterranean Scripts in the Benaki Museum of Athens. Athens