The Mysteries Project: To Hades & Back Again

Monday | October 7
Artist Talk: 5:00-6:00pm | Stark Hall, Rm 103
Reception with Artist: 6:00-7:00pm | Watkins Hall Lobby
Winona State University

The Watkins Gallery at Winona State University is proud to present a 4-channel video installation entitled, The Mysteries Project: To Hades & Back Again by artist Joellyn Rock.

The Mysteries Project revisits an ancient story via emerging media. This digital narrative work is a playful investigation of the myth of Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries, secret rites celebrated in ancient Greece. The fiction tracks an independent filmmaker as she tells the story of the goddess Demeter and her missing daughter, Persephone. The tale is told through fragments of evidence: audio interviews, video projections, location photography, design sketches, and deconstructed motifs from the myth. The Mysteries Project criss-crosses the boundaries between fact and fiction, artifice and authenticity. A student intern traces the project’s demise, on their journey to Hades and back again.

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