“Morus” Temporary exhibition in the Silk Museum

“Morus” Temporary exhibition in the Silk Museum

The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) presents the temporary exhibition “Morus” in the Silk Museum, in Soufli, from Wednesday 20 December 2023.

The mulberry tree, the sacred tree in Soufli, is the inspiration behind the exhibition titled “Morus”, which attempts a dialogue between recorded history and oral narratives about silk. The group of artists titled “Morus project” explores the artistic, social, historical and ecological dimensions of silk, starting with domestic sericulture, from the creation of the thread to the weaving process. In direct dialogue with the objects in the permanent exhibition of the Silk Museum, selected works by artists Hanna Norrna, Irini Gkonou and Kleopatra Tsali highlight elements of the area's material culture, such as the architecture and clothing choices of the inhabitants, as well as elements that make up the intangible cultural heritage.

The artworks of the temporary exhibition were presented in the summer of 2023 at the Apoteket gallery on the island of Gotland in Sweden. 

Duration: 20 December 2023 to 30 June 2024
Opening hours: Daily, except Tuesday, 10:00-18:00 until 15/10 and 10:00-17:00 from 16/10
See the creative team here.

A few words about the artists

Hanna Norrna was born in 1993. She lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden. She graduated from a master's program in crafts with a specialization in weaving at the Gothenburg Academy of Design and Crafts in 2018. Her work focuses on weaving, mainly with silk. Since founding the art group "Morus Project" in 2022, she has been systematically involved in sericulture. Hanna has presented her work in several exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark and Germany and has participated in residency programs in Iceland (Textílsetur Íslands, Blönduós 2019) and Germany (Leipzig International Art Program 2018), among others. 

Irini Gkonou was born in 1955. She graduated from the École Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts and the École Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, where she lived for eleven years. She has presented her work in thirty solo exhibitions in Greece, Cyprus, France, Germany, UK, USA, Belgium and Norway and has participated in many group exhibitions and art meetings in Greece and abroad. She is a member of the art group "Morus Project". She lives and works in Athens and on Naxos, regularly teaches in seminars and motivates art workshops in Greece and abroad. 

Kleopatra Tsali was born in Athens in 1995. In 2018 she graduated from the Department of Visual and Applied Arts, University of Western Macedonia, in Florina, Greece. There, she focused her artistic practice on sculpture and weaving. She has also worked in exhibition management at the Centre National Edition Art Image (CNEAI) in Paris. She has been a member of the "Morus Project" group since 2022. She has participated in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In 2021 she graduated from the Master of Fine Arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

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