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Shared Sacred Sites in the Balkans and the Mediterranean / Κοινοί Ιεροί Τόποι στα Βαλκάνια και την Μεσόγειο

Collectif, Shared Sacred Sites in the Balkans and the Mediterranean, Thessalonique, MMCA, ThMP, 2017, 480p.
ISBN : 978-960-6777-29-5

Shared Sacred Sites in the Balkans and the Mediterranean est un ouvrage collectif tiré en édition limitée à l’occasion de l’exposition éponyme qui s’est tenue simultanément dans trois institutions à Thessalonique (Grèce) du 23 septembre 2017 au 31 janvier 2018 :
• Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA)
• Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (ThMP)
• Yeni Camii (Old Archaeological Museum)

Ce catalogue d’exposition a été dirigé par :
• Dionigi Albera (Idemec-CNRS, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
• Karen Barkey (Université de Californie, Berkeley)
• Stergios Karavatos (Thessaloniki Museum of Photography)
• Thouli Misirloglou (Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art)
• Dimitris Papadopoulos (Western Michigan University)
• Manoël Pénicaud (Idemec-CNRS, Université d’Aix-Marseille)

“As they have done for centuries, Christians, Jews and Muslims pray today in sanctuaries belonging to another religion. Shared sacred sites are a well–established phenomenon in the Mediterranean, revealing the permeability of the frontiers between religious communities. Despite theological differences, the three religions share a number of elements in terms of beliefs, rites, holy figures and sites. These crossovers, however, are not devoidof ambiguity and can sometimes also lead to conflict. The Mediterranean world thus offers many examples of sharing, but also of partition and division.

The three-part exhibition “Shared Sacred Sites” explores this phenomenon by locating it through various examples in different contexts and by bringing forward the entangled places and practices, symbols and figures that define it.

Thessaloniki, is ideally positioned to tell the story of “Shared Sacred Sites”, not only because the three monotheistic religions have historically flourished here, but also because today the city finds itself at the Mediterranean crossroads of migration. The three–part exhibition, designed as a sort of ‘pilgrimage’ to the city, reveals both historical and contemporary aspects of “sharing the sacred.”

The first part, at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA), provides the visitor with an experience that blends anthropological research and contemporary art. The second part, at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (ThMP), presents a visual journey through the diverse geographies of sacred sites in the Mediterranean. In the third part, at Yeni Camii, the exhibition offers a historical narrative of Thessaloniki, privileging a religious osmosis that occurred between the three religions as they accommodated to living together.”

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Shared Sacred Sites in the Balkans and the Mediterranean 2017 (Thessalonique)

Le projet Sharing Sacred Sites à Thessalonique a reçu le soutien de la Fondation Stavros Niarchos et de la Fondation Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bourras.