Fragments of a red era, was created during a workshop, conducted by Alexis Fidetzis with the participation of undergraduate students from the Athens School of Fine Arts.
We were introduced to the idea that several traditions we encounter today have to an extent been invented in a modernist context. This concept, that raises questions in regards to what is considered to be pure and historically accurate, has been developed by Eric Hobsbawm and Terrence Ranger in the collective volume The Invention of Tradition.
The workshop was graced with insights and presentations by contemporary artists Giannis Delagrammatikas, Dimitris Papachristos, Maria Varela and Ino Varvariti. The workshop was the result of a collaboration between ATOPOS cvc and the ASFA XI Painting Studio.
Inventing Revolution is a digital exhibition that came as a result of the workshop.
See exhibition here.
Through extensive archival research and after getting in touch with researchers form the Greek speaking populations of Southern Albania (the so-called Northern Epirus), I created a fascinating publication about the perils of identity formation in the context of diaspora. Channeling my own background as I am myself, part of this community, I created a universe where one can see how the claimed objectivity of historical material can be constantly challenged and manipulated. In this piece, institutional authority challenges an identity that has also been institutionalized by a different center. It is thus a question about the ways in which a community can be peripheral in more ways than one.
You can view the full publication here.