TX: painted with brush at rear center left in green oil <Dec. 1976 / Akrithakis>
LC: Deree Library Conference Room
CM: This painting is like an altarpiece: with a central picture and a predella of four smaller pictures. The subject of every picture is the suitcase, Akrithakis' favorite motif since 1970. The suitcase was used by Akrithakis as an emblem of memory capsules and migration, and was to recur in his work. The suitcases are substitutes for human personalities, and each differs significantly from and relates to the others. The central picture represents seven suitcases, while the pictures of the predella from left to right represent combinations of two, six, one, and three suitcases. Akrithakis admitted that, "The theme of the suitcase [...] represents the topography of life under an oppressive system, but at the same time a coded signal for hope." [Akrithakis quoted in Akrithakis: Paintings & Drawings 1971].
[Megakles Rogakos 12/2004]
BIBLIOGRAPHY: NESTLER, PETER & AKRITHAKIS, ALEXIS Akrithakis: Paintings & Drawings 1971 Galerie T. Zoumboulakis, Athens