Hercules’s Fifth Labour or Purification by Colour. Old Canning Factory. Prespes, Greece

 

Visiting beautiful Greece always invokes the stories of antiquity full of magic and transformation. Connecting present moments with the past, or the past experience with the present moment is often a part of my work. That is why I found the settings of the Old Can Factory in beautiful Prespes so inspiring.

Immediately upon entering the abandoned factory with floors littered by a thick layer of animal droppings, the fifth labour of Hercules came to mind. The almost monochromes environment of death and decay seemed to be calling for purification and the colour of life.

Coincidentally, my current video work, which I was hoping to advance in the waters of Prespes’s lakes, was related to the concept of purification and revival.

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This serendipitous coincidence brought forward the work that I called Hercules’s Fifth Labour or Purification by Colour. The work consists of two large paintings on the surfaces of abandoned production line machinery of the Can Factory, and the metaphoric river of colour, placed in the old conveyor valley reminiscent of the river that Hercules used to help him to clean up King Augeas’ stables in a single day.

Near Old Canning Factory. (Open Museum), Prespes
Near Old Canning Factory. (Open Museum), Prespes

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