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K-Gold Temporary Gallery
Ι woke with a marble head in my hands

Curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis

Residence of Vasilia Tafylia
Agia Paraskevi, Lesvos

09/08/2019 –08/09/2019

Opening: Friday 9 August, 20:00

I woke with this marble head in my hands;
it exhausts my elbow and I don’t know where to put it down.
It was falling into the dream as I was coming out of the dream
so our life became one and it will be very difficult for it to separate again.
George Seferis, Remember the baths where you were murdered

Daniel Everett, Preservation II, 2015, Courtesy the artist

K-Gold Temporary Gallery presents the group exhibition “I woke with a marble head in my hands” curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis, taking up a neoclassical residence at the village of Agia Paraskevi in Lesvos.

In an attempt to outline the complexities of our times, the show explores the notion of the wunderkammer. The empty house as an open showcase becomes the stage of presenting various methods of mapping, collecting, and archiving in artistic practices.

The title of the sixth summer show refers to the poem by George Seferis, which, as a contemporary Odyssey, points out the continuity between past and present, and how it is inscribed in both personal experience and cultural memory.

Lesvos has a significant history of collecting that ranges from prehistoric findings of the Petrified Forest, archaeology, and folk culture to the unique collection of Tériade who opened on the island the first Modern Art Museum in Greece.

The participating artists compose a contemporary cabinet of curiosities. Their artworks reflect on fragments of today’s society, raising questions about their role and preservation. They highlight the therapeutic value of art in a materially saturated world and point out what do these objects – physical and digital – reveal about our identity as collectors.

Visitors are invited to follow these objects and connect the traces between myth and reality by facing their own personal limits and challenges.

Participating artists
Joan Jonas, Ilias Papailiakis, Virginia Russolo, Bas Jan Ader, Guendalina Cerruti, Christos Delidimos, Anna Franceschini, Louis De Belle, Jonathas de Andrade, Ørjan Amundsen, Eugenia Vereli, Petter Solberg, Adonis Archontides, Sarah Cockings and Harriet Fleuriot

The exhibition is accompanied with parallel events: dance performances, workshops for children, guided tours, screenings, and a bilingual catalog. K-Gold Temporary Gallery finally presents its photography journal “The Wild Ones” featuring Polly Brown, Diego Saldiva, Martin Sekera, Elena Subach, Daniel Everett and Christian Michael Filardo.


K-Gold Temporary Gallery is a nomadic platform for contemporary art that was founded in 2014 in the Greek island of Lesvos by Nicolas Vamvouklis. It aims to bring wider audiences closer to contemporary culture, by activating alternative spaces and offering artists and curators the opportunity to expand their research and practice. Beside its activities in Lesvos, it collaborates with cultural institutions in Greece and abroad, while in 2015 it received a distinction as Innovative European Citizen Initiative by Nantes Creative Generations.

Nicolas Vamvouklis
born in 1990 in Lesvos island. He lives and works between Greece and Italy. He graduated from the Philosophy School of the University of Crete and the Greek National Dance School. He holds an MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from NΑΒΑ Milano. His work has been presented at the Prague Quadrennial, Triennale Milano, Tate Modern, and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, while he has collaborated with Bejart Ballet Lausanne and the Marina Abramović Institute. In 2015, he participated at the NEON | Whitechapel Gallery Curatorial Program. He received the Fondazione Fabbri Art Prize 2017. Vamvouklis is Senior Curator at Gallerie delle Prigioni and Luciano Benetton Collection, where he recently curated the 30th Carlo Scarpa Prize exhibition. He is part of the curatorial team of Mediterranea 19 Biennale. Nicolas Vamvouklis is the founder of K-Gold Temporary Gallery.

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