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A look at Dimitris Polychroniadis’ “Home Sweet Home” installation in Greece

Home is where the art is. Greek artist Dimitris Polychroniadis‘ latest installation “Home Sweet Home” is an ode to his birthplace of Thessaloniki, Greece. The installation is comprised of two parts: Mixed media diorama sculpture 50cm X 50cm X 65cm (h) and a life-size sign comprized of a steel and timber structure, plywood, acrylic colour and spotlights with dimensions 655cm X 600cm X 770cm (h).

The instillation is a part of “Action Field Kodra,” an annual contemporary art show that takes place in the derelict site of the Kodra ex military barracks. The piece was exhibited as part of a section named ‘Stopover’, themed around the ideas of homeland with references to the history of Thessaloniki, curated by N. Mykoniatis. The sculpture attempts to reconcile imagery from war-zone bombed residential buildings (e.g. Syria, Lybia, Lebanon), with early 20th century Modernist Utopias and a sense of carelessness or defiance of lurking danger.  The title comes from a hit song, written in 1823 by Henry Bishop and John Howard Payne. Being part of American popular culture for more than 150 years, it has been heavily used as a title for books, films e.t.c. It has become an almost iconic slogan, also embedded in numerous door-mats around the globe. Take a look at more images shot by Michalis Dalanikas and Dimitris himself below.