“Sheltered Gardens” exhibition

22.09.22 @ 16:00

Diomedes Botanic Garden & pcai.gr

Sheltered Gardens is a hybrid, visual arts exhibition featuring more than 35 international artists, writers and performers. Inspired by H.D.’s poem Sheltered Garden (1916) and taking place in J. & A. N. Diomedes Botanic Garden, one of the largest and most important botanical gardens in the Mediterranean, PCAI’s new programme includes numerous new commissions and performances. Opening on 22 September, Sheltered Gardens will unfold through an online, digital exhibition available at pcai.gr, a limited edition publication, a contemporary art group exhibition and a series of performances at the Diomedes Botanic Garden in Athens.

From Sasha Velour’s drag performances to Linder’s punk photomontage and from Chris Kraus’ super 8 films to Leda Papaconstantinou’s poetic narratives, the exhibition sets as a virtual tour among climbing plants, bamboo clusters and she-shed greenhouses. It acquires a physical existence turning into performances, archives and traces of ecosystems and arguments rising within contemporary female gardens.

Sheltered Gardens exhibition by PCAI in Diomedes Botanic Garden

Participating artists: Margarita Athanasiou, Eleni Bagaki, Michel Delsol, Kathleen Hanna & the Julie Ruin, Evan Ifekoya, Irini Karayannopoulou, Lito Kattou, Chris Kraus, Linder, Polonca Lovšin, Campus Novel, Selina Nwulu, Leda Papaconstantinou, Eva Papamargariti, Afroditi Psarra, Gloria Steinem, Eva Stefani, Maria Varela, VASKOS (Vassilis Noulas & Kostas Tzimoulis), Marina Velisioti, Sasha Velour

Curated by: Kika Kyriakakou

Exhibition in the Garden: 22 September – 2 October, 2022, 4pm-7pm

Address: Diomedes Botanic Garden, Iera Odos 403, Chaidari, Athens

Performances in the Garden: 22-24 September, 2022, 4pm-7pm

Digital exhibition: 22 September – 30 November, 2022 via pcai.gr

Free entrance, by timed ticket booked in advance via diomedes-bg.gr

SG parallel programme fb
From 22 to 24 September, a series of live performances and readings will take place in the Diomedes Botanic Garden.

Participating artists: Theodoros Chiotis, Phoebe Giannisi, Ermira Goro, I broke the vase, Dimitra Ioannou, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Leda Papaconstantinou, Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou, VASKOS (Vassilis Noulas & Kostas Tzimoulis), VIGIL (Despina Sanida-Krezia & Fotini Stamatelopoulou), Iria Vrettou

Curated by: Kika Kyriakakou and VASKOS (Vassilis Noulas & Kostas Tzimoulis)

Thursday 22/9
16:00-17:00 Flower garden | I broke the vase
Αn insect in a flower in a flowerbed in a garden*
17:15-17:30 Flower garden | Dimitra Ioannou, META/GARDENS
17:45-18:15 Log theater | Ermira Goro, Formless formation – Momentum
18:30-19:00 Greenhouse (pic nic) | Leda Papaconstantinou, Family portrait

Friday 23/9
16:00-17:30 Log theater | VIGIL (Despina Sanida Krezia & Fotini Stamatelopoulou), Guards
17:30-18:00 Glade (pumping station) | VASKOS (Vassilis Noulas & Kostas Tzimoulis), A Day in the Country
18:00-18:30 Greenhouse (pic nic) | Phoebe Giannisi, The Chic Parisien
18:30-19:00 Glade (pumping station) | Iria Vrettou, This bush is a feeling

Saturday 24/9
16:00-18:00 | Flower garden | Chrysanthi Koumianaki, The stage is empty*
18:00-18:30 | Flower garden | Theodoros Chiotis, The walls are falling*
18:30-19:00 | Log theater | arisandmartha (Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou), Bad Fruit

*walking performance

The entrance to the performances is free, by timed ticket booked in advance online at diomedes-bg.gr.

The exhibition is organised with the support and the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the support of the British Council and Flunet Productions.


Margarita Athanasiou, Eleni Bagaki, Eva Papamargariti, Maria Varela, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou, Iria Vrettou are SNF ARTWORKS Fellows