Cats of Athens by Siina Levonoja


6.12. – 19.12.2019

Art interventions for the cats of Athens. The exhibition presents a documentation of the interspecies art project and exposes what happened in the process of Cats of Athens.
Artist talk on Wed. 11.12. at 4-6 pm. Welcome!

Taideinterventioita ateenalaisille kissoille. Näyttely esittää dokumentaation lajienvälisestä taiteesta ja siitä mitä Cats of Athensin prosessissa tapahtui.
Taiteilijatapaaminen ke 11.12. klo 16-18. Tervetuloa!

Cats of Athens was a cross species art project, where I experimented if I could accomplish an experiential art intervention for the cats that live free in the streets of Athens.

Oh, those Athenian hills in the plain of Attica. There is a chapel on the top of Lycavittós; hoopoe birds around Filopáppou. The wayfarer sees the Acropolis at every turn, from the hillsides and the roof gardens of the city. There are the ruins of the stone roads and the ancient cemetery in Kerameikos…
Everywhere I met cats, young and old, with a friend or alone, healthy and weak.

Before my trip, I had watched the cat videos where the domestic cats like to step into rings made of belts. A vet in an article said that the cats have a natural tendency to take control of these kind of clearly limited territories. I wanted to experiment if this hold true with the cats of Athens. I produced three interventions by using clay rings. I situated them to the streets and observed the situation. I documented my notes by writing, photographing and taking a video.

Picture above: The cat stares for long, and right in to my eyes. I feel it is really encountering me, I am the focus of its thoughts, and the basement for the relationship between us will form in those seconds.

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