Ulysses' Song

2019

Materials: Found Footage, Audio, 3 Samsung Monitors, Plinths, Text, CCTV, Sound speakers, Projector.

In my practice I am interested in investigating how collective memory can be activated through new representation. This work is about questioning the representation of a fragmented place, a society that goes from one internal conflict to the other without never being able to recover. Modern memory is first of all archival and it is my need to generate new historical and analytical readings of an archive by connecting what cannot be connected. Through a variety of media, I wanted to raise a discourse and explore how does “public opinion” shape political power and policy? How is the system of political power maintained in a democracy?

As someone who comes from a country with a quite turbulent past, collective trauma has been a continuous phenomenon in contemporary Greek history. Inspired by the writings of Castoriadis, George Perec and Jürgen Habermas, I investigated the images and events that shaped Greek collective memory and how this is inherited from one generation to the other from 1974 - the fall military junta- until today and invite the audience to perhaps question the representation of their own place.

It was a political journey of riots and protests and celebrations that I wasn’t sure where it was supposed to begin and end. Like an endless loop. A repetition. An endless journey. An odyssey without reaching Ithaca.