EKKYKLÊMA (2017) Gestures of Resistance, Athens - based on archive work Parable of Raudondvaris, Lithuania (1998)
A series of 8 wearable banners and printed flyers produced for the procession to pay homage to the Athens Polytechnic uprising in 1973 and the rejection of the Greek military junta of 1967 – 1974.
As part of Gestures of Resistance, Athens 2017 this is new work revisiting the archived video installation, Parable of Raudondvaris produced in response to the historical, political and social challenges and upheavals facing Lithuania in 1998.
Following a long contested territorial history and brief period of Nazi occupation in 1941 from 1945-1990 the Baltic state of Lithuania was annexed as a republic of the Soviet Union. After 50 years of occupation by the USSR, Lithuania was the first Baltic state to declare of independence 1991. In 1998 the country was still in the process of radical change prior to forthcoming trade agreements and negotiations to become part to the European Union.
The work represents a walking figure erasing lived memories of the atrocities of the past. The title of this new work, EKKYKLÊMA refers to a theatrical device used in ancient Greek theatre to deliver tableaux displays of tragic horror from behind the main stage. The earlier themes of Parable of Raudondvaris were reworked to a performative adaption as part of the conceptual frame working of Cosmopolitical Futures, the Anthropocenic Human series of projects making connections between vitalist materialism, science, politics and ethics.
Procession: 22nd April, 12.30 from Romantso Cultural Centre to the Athens Polytechnic and linked to accompanying show at Romantso, Athens, Greece, 20 – 30 April 2017, curated by Professor Jean Wainwright
Gestures of Resistance, Romantso, Athens, Greece, 20 – 30 April 2017, curator Jean Wainwright
International group of artists engaging with themes of resistance, social and political protest included: Peter Kennard, Bob and Roberta Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, Hans Ulrich Obrist
Materials - 8 x wearable/walkable board banners, A2 inkjet, uncoated paper 90gsm & 500 x double sided flyers, A5 pink paper 80gsm