IXNOS: an exhibit about migration on Lesvos
7th Floor Reading Room, Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine, Portland
On display October 5 – December 14, 2018
Opening reception 5 – 6:45 p.m. Saturday, October 6
Artists’ Panel Discussion – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday November 7, Rm. 423/4 Glickman Library USM
Supported by the Hellenic Society of Maine
in collaboration with Peregrine Press
Lesvos Island found itself the center of the historic wave of migration to Europe that began in earnest in April 2015. That year alone more than 500,000 migrants and refugees landed on its shores, a shock whose impact is still felt three years later, as many migrants are still stuck in camps there, and more continue to arrive.
Two artists from Greater Portland, and board members of HSoM, are curating IXNOS, an exhibit that highlights the issues surrounding migration and the international connection between two cities -- this October we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Portland’s official Sister City relationship with Mytilene, Lesvos.
Judith Allen-Efstathiou and Mary Snell are responding to a call by Julie Poitras Santos and Catherine Besteman, curators of the Maine College of Art exhibit Making Migration Visible /Traces, Tracks and Pathways that also opens in October. They urged artists around the state to create parallel exhibitions and events in response to migration. More than 63 organizations have responded including HSoM.
IXNOS (which means “trace” in Greek) will focus on Lesvos, one of the most significant locations involved in the current worldwide crisis of movement of migrants and refugees. The island is also a major world center for bird migration, which will be incorporated. The exhibit will consist of photographs, art work, portfolio books, texts and artifacts relating to these paths of migration through the island. In addition to work by Allen-Efstathiou and Snell, featured will be photographs by Michael Honegger of Nice, France; maps by Dr. Irwin Novak; plus work by watercolorist David Pearce (former Ambassador to Greece); Jeff and Lydia Badger; and members of the Peregrine Press -- Jessyca Broekman, Kate Chappell, Delphine Sherin, Kit Browne Pike, Susan Amons, Debbie Schmitt, Kate Katomski and others.
Both curators spend part of the year in Greece. Judith Allen-Efstathiou is a professional artist and printmaker and has taught in the USM Art Department, at Maine College of Art, and in Athens, Greece. She has exhibited widely here and in Europe, and recently was granted a commission by the State of Maine to create work for the Statehouse. Mary Snell has spent the last 30 summers on Lesvos. A writer, poet, and photographer, she is a former journalist and theater critic, and earned her MFA in poetry at the USM Stonecoast MFA program.