21 SEPTEMBER 2017 / Inauguration of the Εxhibition “Shared Sacred Sites in the Balkans and the Mediterranean” in Τhree Μuseums in Thessaloniki

Τhe exhibition “Shared Sacred Sites in the Balkans and the Mediterranean”, a collaboration between the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and the Municipality of Thessaloniki, opened on September 23rd.

The inauguration event took place in the Macedonian Museum, in the presence of the city’s Mayor, Mr. Yannis Boutaris. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is the Lead Donor of the exhibition.

Through photos, archival material, contemporary artworks and anthropological documents, the exhibition delves into the rather permeable boundaries between the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities, bringing to the fore the interweaving symbols and forms, practices and sites that define this “sacred sharing”, the timeless phenomenon of religious coexistence, at both an institutional and everyday level. The exhibition will be complemented by workshops, performances, educational programs and guided tours. 

Thessaloniki, a city in which all three monotheistic religions have historically flourished, is the first stop of the exhibition which runs until December 31st. Different dimensions of the three part exhibition will be presented in three venues, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and the Yeni Cami mosque (former Archaeological Museum). 

The choice of Thessaloniki is of particular importance as the Mediterranean world offers many examples of sharing and reciprocity but also division.

Speech by Elina Klaridopoulou, Program Officer, SNF