Three video art installations will unite three different historic buildings in three cities, Greece (Corfu) and Greater Greece (Bari and Taranto). The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, as a partner in the European Greek-Italian Cooperation Program “Park of Literary Travels in Greece and Magna Graecia” (POLYSEMI), is organizing a public art event on January 31, 2020, with works of international video artists.
Three video art installations will be displayed on the facade of buildings – landmarks of three cities in the Ionian Islands and Apulia: Corfu, Bari and Taranto. Three cities in which the interaction of the two cultures is intense, both in monuments and in language and culture.
The first stop is Corfu and, in particular, the facade of the Church of Panagia Faneromeni, also known as Panagia of Strangers (Panagia ton Xenon), located in the heart of the old town at the Plakado (square) of Saint Spyridon. The temple was built during the Turkish rule (1689) and became a hospitable religious and spiritual site for “all foreign Christians from the land”, mainly refugees from Epirus who, after being persecuted by the Turks, fled to Corfu. It is a temple of unique architecture, with neoclassical and baroque elements, one of the most beautiful temples on the island.