But are those fruits ever picked-up?
Video and mixed media installation: Video (5:45 min), costumes, wooden architecture Project made during a 2 months residency at: SNEHTA, Athens
Slowly directing the gaze upward: balconies bursting with opulent green leaves appear. Tilting the gaze downward: tired street corners stand by. Washed out brown tainted mirrors, naked concrete, unburied ancient stones, forgotten concrete, wrapped scaffoldings, modernist concrete and back again to the neoclassical thirst for marble. Strata piled up. Athens appears as a topsy-turvy dancer whirling languorously, awaiting the next thing to come.
Borrowing and appropriating this hybridity, the project is infused with information from various time periods. Disparate historical and traditional references together with everyday materials are translated into costumes and scenes which seem to have the inspiration of epic narratives, yet remain fragments, fragile whispers and unstable prototypes. Embodying an altered aesthetic by willfully reaching back to re-appropriate the past within the present, the project presents an in-between state. By contrasting immobility with openness and fluidity, it interrogates the potential that those juxtapositions trigger.
Special thanks to: Pantelis Mitropoulos, Gerasimos Katsiris and Stelios Tsilioukas (performers), Snehta Residency Program (Athens)