Maria-Thalia Carras & Olga Hatzidaki
28 artists created art works in the form of a poster in response to some sort of lived experience or imaginary association they might have of Greece.
We wanted the project to be as open and as democratic as possible. The posters were set free and disperesed throughout Athens, through every medium possible: pasted on to the streets in central Athens, on the web, and in printed press and finally gathered together, ensuring that the project be as open and as democratic as possible. Limitless copies of the posters were printed and scattered, through the city, defunct of any curatorial control.
The two phases of the project, one as part of everyday matter and the other, where all the posters are gathered together as one whole, are equally relevant to the workings of the project. In the first case, they appear as lonley apparitions within disparate contexts giving meaning to the urban landscape, and in the other, gathered together, the posters themselves interact creating a new discursive whole.
A gathering delves into questions of place, and the complex processes of memory in defining relationships with them. The posters represent artists’ ability to crystalize questions regarding identity either through lived experiences or through the comples process of imaginary or fantastical associations.
A gathering is unavoidably political, as any gesture that posits itself in an and amongst living matter would be. Yet the posters manage to be simultaneously both topical, relevant as well as timeless and universal.