Bring Them Home
I hope that I will see the Marbles back in Athens before I die;
but if they come back later I shall be reborn. Melina Mercouri
Far away from their native land, the Parthenon Marbles have been situated at the British Museum for over 150 years. That certainly means that there are continuous negotiations between the Greek government, asking for their return, and the British government who, together with the Trustees of the British Museum, have refused to do this. Ian Swindale
You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are the supreme symbol of nobility. They are a tribute to democratic philosophy. They are our aspiration and our name. They are the essence of Greekness. Melina Mercouri
The request for the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles is not made by the Greek government in the name of the Greek nation or of Greek history. It is made in the name of the cultural heritage of the world and with the voice of the mutilated monument itself, that cries out for its marbles to be returned. Evangelos Venizelos, former Greek Minister of Culture
Immense Journey in an Advanced Stage of Preparation (Text Deconstruction Results in a Self-Portrait from an Appropriation of Words)*Having created the vision, begins to emit essence.
Its resonance comes to life, and it’s overwhelming.
Harmoniously woven with interpenetrating levels, listening in to articulate, deep, tremulous, shimmering glows.
Inside, in front of, around, above, beneath, seething the silence of the vast, the light reveals the inner anatomy to the exterior.
High speed, high voltage, the light immerses in the luminous sonority.
A promise continuously emanating energy.
Prismatic awareness of the breaking down of frontiers, [surrendering] oneself to be [saturated] by its presence.
Attentively listening to its own articulate lines.
*1123…n Sensitive Images of the Space of Time by Bruno Corà from Mario MERZ at MOCA
"eros cannot live without philia... Philia is the relaxation in the
presence of the beloved which accepts the other's being as being; it
is simply liking to be with the other, liking to rest with the other,
liking the rhythm of the walk, the voice, the whole being of the
other...Philia does not require that we do anything for the beloved
except accept him, be with him, and enjoy him."
The chrysalis fractures,
The air fills with a waft of bergamot and ylang ylang,
Exploring how to bring emotions and presence to absence