‘Panagia Gorgoepikoos’ - Åsa Lie & Jadran Sturm
LUCA Bibliotheek Sint-Lukas – Paleizenstraat 70 – 1030 Brussel
30.05 - 08.07 2022
'Panagia Gorgoepikoos' (published 2021) is an artist’s book by the Brussels-based artist duo Åsa Lie & Jadran Sturm. It is exhibited together with original research material, and a new video of footage filmed in 1991-93.
Panagia Gorgoepikoos, also called Hagios Eleutherios or Mikri Mitropoli, is a small 12th century Byzantine church in the centre of Athens. On the walls of the church there are stone reliefs covering a period of 1500 years, from various times and cultures, often from older monuments and buildings.
The artists Jadran Sturm & Åsa Lie investigated the history of this church and its relevance through interviews, sound, film and photographic work in 1991-93. In a text, they compare the Byzantine Empire with the European Union, both with a multilingual, multiethnic form of government.
Åsa Lie (1959) and Jadran Sturm (1957-2019) collaborated from 1988 until January 2016 when the Jadran Sturm & Åsa Lie Private Stichting was created. They continued working separately, and cooperated in duo and group exhibitions. The foundation aims at preserving and displaying their body of work.
On Saturday, 25 June, during the Graduation Show 2022, Merzedes Sturm-Lie will perform at 6:30 p.m.:
Twice in once 2022
Performance and soundwork
(wallpaper, amplifier, looper, cables, microphone)
Merzedes Sturm-Lie (BE/NO/SE) is a multimedia artist living and working in Brussels and Stockholm. Her practice is a hybrid space where she experiments with objects, symbols and gestures of historical and cultural interest. In recent years, she has developed a series of performances, sound- installations and paintings where she gives new audiovisual and performative interpretations of songs and voices which foster socio-political hierarchies. Bouncing from mythical sirens to
opera divas and contemporary protest songs, she uses voice and sound as a temporary passage between worlds.