The exhibition of votive objects of begging and offering is entitled “Tamatas: Suffering Body, Suffering Soul” and opens on July 7.
THE Holy Hearth presents in the exhibition space the original exhibition with votive objects of supplication and offering from the collection of
collector Lola Daifa.
The opening of the exhibition entitled “Tomatoes: A suffering body, a suffering soul” will take place on Thursday 7 July 2022 at 20:00 and will take place on 30 September.
It is the first time that Mrs. Daifa’s food is on public display, giving women the opportunity to see up close objects that include supplication, supplication, thanksgiving and offering but also evidence of healing and salvation of the begging believer, objects so familiar and beloved to all of us.
In addition, with the supervisory texts of the exhibition, the history and use of votive objects from the ancient Greek era to the present day is presented. The timelessness of tamas shows people’s constant need for hope, which transcends the human condition.
“I feel that a tama of my own with this exhibition creates… The tamas are from my three collections. I started with the acrokeramas, followed by the historical dishes and then the tamas. To collect tamas you need strong empathy, you need life experience. You must have seen the funny but, more often than not, the cruel
face of life. These small objects have to do with very deep feelings. It is a prayer and an appeal to God”, says the collector.
THE curator of the exhibition, Dr. Panagiotis Kampanisobserves in his introductory note: How many of us have not found ourselves “on the bed of death” and how many have not
we stood even for a moment in our life in front of the image of Christ, the Virgin Mary or some saint, lighting a candle and begging with tears
in the eyes, to relieve us of mental and physical pain or to cure us of a serious illness?
The tamas may represent a “humble” aspect of religion, however, each of them, large or small, bears witness to a personal story, a story
of anguish, hope, supplication and fulfillment, an expression of personal worship. Votive objects, throughout time, are proofs of personal faith
to a particular god, who in return offers some form of salvation. These acts of worship remain in the category of “useful
supplements’ and are not ‘substitutes’, which imply a conscious rejection of any precedent.
Mrs. Daifa’s collection is surrounded by visual creations inspired by the works of Theodoros Galigalides, Fani Goudra, Evi Dimolaidou, Mary Harman, Markos Kampanis, Kostas Karakitsos, Maria Kombatsiari, Giorgos Kordis, Vassilis Papanakis, Alekos, Vassilis Papavrakis. , Georgios Polymeros, Aris Stoidis.
In addition, there will also be special items on display such as the broom and the bottle, a typical item to the Panormite archangel of Symi, the metal shoes to the archangel Michael of Mandamados Lesvos, the basmata (slippers) to Agios Spyridon, etc.