Yeni Cami, Thessaloniki
The Gini Coefficient
The Gini coefficient, title of the new exhibition by Lydia Dambassina at the Geni Mosque (Yeni Cami), is a statistical measurement of revenue and the distribution of wealth. Is a number between 0 and 1, where 0 indicates the perfect equality and 1 indicates the perfect inequality.
During her last nine years of work, Lydia Dambassina focuses on the global economic and moral crisis and the inequalities that unfold impetuously, as well as on her innermost correspondence.
The recent works that she exhibits at the Geni Mosque (Yeni Cami) compose, jointly, a uniform installation.
Her work «The Omphalos», in the middle of the Ottoman monument is the nucleus of the installation. It expresses a somber and cynical ascertainment. Τhe embalmed head of a massive deer, over which there is a sheet of paper hanging, with the phrase: “The world’s 62 richest people have as much as half of the world’s population – that is 3.5 billion people”.
The series with the scales, is developed in the area creating a labyrinth. Dambassina proceeds to «weigh» her personal experiences and truths, her memories and descent, to refer to the current situation in an epoque where numbers, measures, sizes, tables of statistics and analyses are omnipotent .
Her photographs, portray versions of the same area, positioned in the part of the mosque, which was intended for women, in distinct separation from men who occupied the whole of the central part.
In direct connection and in a dialogue with the photographs, the installation of doors with black windowpanes is deployed, in order resembling an impassable wall. They function as «cartographies» of the limits between a woman’s and a man’s position, and as a signal to the impetuously expanding refugee issue.
The component that determines the works of the exhibition is duality: an «establishing», primordial and fundamental world-viewing concept that contains antithesis, co-existence, equilibrium. With a non-negotiable viewpoint and timely deliberation, avoiding description and recounting in her work and at the same time maintaining a moral stand, Lydia Dambassina acknowledges her vital liaison with world, she detects incomplete endeavours at personal and collective levels.
On the opening night, Joachim Latarjet, a musician, multiple instrument player –trombone, guitar, bass – will perform some of his compositions to accompany and talk with the works of Lydia Dambassina.
Yiannis Bolis, art historian, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
Ο ΟΜΦΑΛΟΣ, ΤΟ ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΤΗΣ ΓΗΣ ΤΟΝ 21ο ΑΙΩΝΑ
Τα 62 πλουσιότερα άτομα κατέχουν τον ίδιο πλούτο με το ήμισυ της ανθρωπότητας –
ήτοι 3.5 δισεκατομμύρια άτομα
OMPHALOS, THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH ΙΝ ΤΗΕ 21st CENTURY
The world’s 62 richest people have as much as half of the world’s population –
that is 3.5 billion people
L’OMPHALOS, LE CENTRE DE LA TERRE AU 21e SIÈCLE
Les 62 personnes les plus riches possèdent autant que la moitié de la population mondiale – soit 3.5 milliards de personnes
OMFALOS, DAS ZENTRUM DER ERDE in der XXI Jahrhunderts
Die 62 reichsten Menschen der Welt besitzen so viel wie die Hälfte der Weltbevölkerung:
3,5 Milliarden Menschen
Пуп земли ХХI века
62 богатейших людей мира обладают богатством равным совокупному богатству половины остального человечества – то есть 3,5 миллиардов людей
ÓNFALOS: EL CENTRO DE LA TIERRA EN EL SIGLO XXI
Las 62 personas más ricas del mundo poseen tanto como la mitad de la población mundial: 3500 millones de personas.
OMFALOS, IL CENTRO DELLA TERRA NEL SECOLO XXI
Le 62 persone più ricche del mondo possedono tanto quanto la metà della popolazione mondiale : 3,5 miliardi di persone
Gini coefficient, 2016, installation view, untitled, c-print, 2006, 204,4 x 237 cm
Gini Gini Gini coefficient, 2016, installation view, untitled, c-print, 2006, 204,4 x 237 cm