HOME SWEET HOME, ACTION FIELD KODRA EXHIBITION, THESSALONIKI, 2012.
Installation in two parts: Mixed media diorama sculpture 50cm X 50cm X 65cm (h) and a life-size sign comprised of steel, timber, plywood, acrylic color and spotlights with dimensions 655cm X 600cm X 770cm (h). 'Action Field Kodra' is an annual contemporary art show that takes place in the derelict site of the Kodra ex military barracks. Home Sweet Home was presented as part of the exhibition titled 'Stopover' which was themed around the ideas of homeland, with references to the history of Thessaloniki, curated by N. Mykoniatis. The sculpture attempts to reconcile imagery from damaged, war-zone residential buildings (e.g. Syria, Libya, Palestine) 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. Photographs 1 to 6 are by Michalis Dalanikas and 13 by George Katsanidis.