by Kalliopi Lemos
Echoing the Icônes exhibition, and as part of Le Voyage à Nantes, the artist Kalliopi Lemos is presenting her work, Pledges, which can be described as an allegory for a journey filled with hope and the memories of exiled populations.
For the past decade, the artist’s installations have revolved around human dignity and suffering. Her anthropocentric projects explore human, psychological, and physical passage, migration, and forced resettlement, implying abuse, pain, hypocrisy and
cruelty, as well as the quest for personal identity.
Pledges features an authentic Turkish boat that was abandoned after transporting migrants to the Greek islands. It is covered in 10,000 “tamata,” or handmade votive offerings that are left in Orthodox churches by migrants to overcome the challenges of an uncertain journey awaiting them.