Nick Boricua Coat of Arms
/Sculpture, 2016, in the context of Puerto Rico (curated by Alexis Fidetzis, Panos Sklavenitis and Kostis Stafylakis), part of the Athens Biennale 2015-2017 OMONOIA, Athens, Greece
This Coat of Arms was exhibited at the opening of The Nick Boricua Museum; an institution dedicated to the emblematic figure of Nick Boricua (Nikias Fokas in gr.), a Greek diplomat, intellectual, and revolutionary, born in the island of Ithaca (GR).
The object was donated by the Greek Education Centre of Unorthodox Warfare (KEAΠ) to the Ithacan Folklore Museum on the 21st of May 2014, day of the Ionian Islands Unification with Greece.
It is worth mentioning the engraved passionate text decorating part of this unique emblem: ΔΟΞΑ ΚΑΙ ΤΙΜΗ ΣΤΟΝ ΝΙΚΙΑ ΦΩΚΑ, ΓΝΗΣΙΟ ΤΕΚΝΟ ΤΗΣ ΙΘΑΚΗΣ, ΠΡΟΠΑΤΟΡΑ ΤΩΝ ΑΝΑ ΤΗΣ ΚΑΡΑΪΒΙΚΗΣ ΘΑΛΑΣΣΗΣ ΕΝΔΟΞΩΝ ΕΠΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΕΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΥΠΟΚΙΝΗΤΗ ΤΗΣ ΠΟΡΤΟΡΙΚΑΝΙΚΗΣ ΕΘΝΙΚΗΣ ΠΑΛΙΓΓΕΝΕΣΙΑΣ.
After the kind invitation of the Puerto Rico curators, the director of the Ithacan museum decided to concede the emblem to the Nick Boricua Museum; a space of memory dedicated to the glorious and distinguished, yet unknown in Greece, heroe of the Carribean.
Photo credits: Rilène Markopoulou