Installation, mix technique on paper, 5,00 m x 7,00 m, Pati de les Dones, CCCB, Barcelona, 12-14 June 2013,
The work Fear functioned as an installation/happening in the Pati de les Dones in CCCB. The work was created in situ by the artist so as the procedure could be observed by the public. In this work, fear and both its sentimental spreading and capturing psychic impact, are imprinted by the swirling gestures and the expressive use of dark black and grey colors of different qualities. People were invited to participate in the creation of the artwork, marking down their thoughts or writting words. In this way, the work comments on the catalytic effect that an effort to communicate the feeling of fear and anxiety verbally can contribute to their disambiguation. Τhe round mirror in the center of the artwork challenges the viewer to overpass fear in order to face himself.
The creation of the artwork as part of the Turn the Crisis Upside Down Residency, was filmed in the homonymous documentary under the direction of Stefanos Bertakis. (You can see a part of it here)
This project was funded through a European Research Council Advanced Grant, hosted at the Department of Sociological Theory, Philosophy of Law and Methodology of the Social Sciences of the University of Barcelona.
Turn the Crisis Upside Down Residency
The crisis is not just an economic and financial crisis. It is a crisis of the imaginary, which unveils how little radical imagination is in use.
It is a crisis of narrativity, whereby only fragmanted and interrogative discourses are produced. It is a crisis of temporality, that fails to articulate Kronos, historical time, and Kairos, in which we are called to think and act. It is a crisis of the public space, which is represented as threatened, uncontrolled and unavailable.
Mosegwa Langa and Christina Nakou, Rustum Kozain and Orfeas Apergis, two artists and two poets, from Greece and South Africa are invited to think and work through the current crisis in different terms than the ones usually proposed.
They recuperate the potential of the imaginary, a sense of narrativity, a conscience of history in which we are now needing to act, and the re-creation of the public space. Resisting the inherited discourse on the crisis, they expose themselves working and create a concentrated moment and space of emancipation. Greeks and South Africans, artists and poets, they make the process of their work accessible to the public gaze and invite to think we can turn the crisis upside down.
CCCB Pati de les Dones, 12-14 June 2013 Nathalie Karagiannis