You can find Maria Paschalidou installation at the OTE shopwindow in Thessaloniki.
Construction components and materials – garbage, cement, bricks from a demolished town house in Thessaloniki’s Ano Poli – all become raw materials in Paschalidou’s hands, who in turn renders them on canvas in a synthesis of energy and the processes of time and History. The aforementioned house on 18 Theophilos St. in Ano Poli, which served as the raw material for the current exhibition, is given thorough investigation in the accompanying research conducted the building’s history conducted by the artist.
As the investigation relates, the “House of Roses,” as it was called, was built in the late 19th century. It was first inhabited by Turks, who then vacated the building as a result of the population exchange. The building fell into the hands of the National Bank, and in 1929 was bought by Emmanouil Papadopoulos, a man from Constantinople. In 1981, the house was abandoned and has not been inhabited since. By ministerial decree in 1979, the house was declared a work of art, requiring special state protection, as it constituted a unique architectural and structural example, combining Macedonian architecture with neoclassical elements. It was of great historical value since it was an example of the development of a certain architectural style in Thessaloniki’s Ano Poli. However, in 2012, the house was demolished due to structural risks.
Until 22 September 2018