CM: Akrithakis' Chair is in the form of a suitcase, complete with straps and crowned with a handle. Though the motif of the suitcase began to preoccupy Akrithakis in 1970, when he was in Germany, this Chair dates from 1978. While in Germany, Akrithakis began to work on three-dimensional wooden structures. Akrithakis endows his Chair with the capacity of a hybrid, combining both chair and suitcase, evoking thus migration as much as domesticity. Alexandra Koroxenidis discerns in Akrithakis' Chair "a neo-Dadaist trace; the dispute of the boundaries between object and artwork or between the representation of an object and the object itself, the dual meaning of the titles which refer to both the object and the artwork." [Koroxenidis 2004 p.23] This Chair is version 2 in an unrealised edition of 24. Maria Kotzamani claims that Akrithakis managed to create only 3 Chairs in different color combinations, of which version 3 is in her private collection.
[Megakles Rogakos 12/2004]
KOTZAMANI, MARIA Akrithakis 1997 National Gallery, Athens
KOROXENIDIS, ALEXANDRA Alexis Akrithakis: Portalakis Collection 2004 Portalakis Collection, Athens