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ANDRÉS VALTIERRA + ATHENEA PAPACOSTAS

A HOUSE IS A HOUSE, AND ANOTHER HOUSE

IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT

 

IN THIS PERFORMANCE, ATHENEA PAPACOSTAS (MEXICO CITY, 1989) WILL EXPLORE HOW AFFECTS DETERMINE OUR MEMORIES OF THE PAST AND, ABOVE ALL, OF THE SPACES WE HAVE INHABITED. ALTHOUGH THE LATTER SEEM TO BE PLACES THAT WE CAN EVOKE WITH GREAT PRECISION—FOR WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED THEM DAILY, WE TEND TO CHANGE THEM BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCES AND THE MEANING WE DERIVE FROM THEM. EVERY PLACE IS A VESTIGE, A KIND OF RUIN EVEN IF IT REMAINS IN GOOD CONDITION, FOR IT WILL NEVER BE AGAIN WHAT IT REPRESENTED FOR US.

          DURING THE PERFORMANCE, ATHENEA WILL VERBALLY AND MATERIALLY EVOKE THE HOUSES SHE HAS LIVED IN THROUGHOUT HER LIFE, WITHOUT USING A PREVIOUS VISUAL RECORD AND WORKING ENTIRELY FROM HER MEMORIES. IN PARALLEL, SHE WILL INVITE THE SPECTATORS TO COHABIT THESE EVOCATIONS BY ADDING THEIR OWN SPACES AND MEMORIES TO THE ACTION.

           HOME, THE BODY AND AFFECTS ARE THREE RECURRING NODES IN ATHENEA PAPACOSTAS' WORK. THROUGHOUT VARIOUS PROJECTS, THE ARTIST HAS TAKEN OBJECTS AND ELEMENTS FROM THE SPACES SHE INHABITS TO EXPLORE THEIR PLASTIC, PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE MEANINGS.

            THIS PERFORMANCE ARISES FROM THE INVITATION OF PANAYIOTIS MICHAEL (NICOSIA, CYPRUS, 1966) TO PARTICIPATE IN HIS PROJECT 15m². IN IT, THE ARTIST INVITES CULTURAL AGENTS FROM DIFFERENT LATITUDES TO RECREATE A SPACE OF 15m² TO EXPLORE IDEAS THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON RECENTLY. THE SIZE OF THIS SURFACE CORRESPONDS TO THE AREA WHERE PANAYIOTIS USED TO PLAY AS A CHILD IN A SITE WHERE HIS FAMILY WOULD BUILD A HOUSE IN 1973, WHICH WAS NEVER REALIZED DUE TO THE WAR IN CYPRUS THE FOLLOWING YEAR. PANAYIOTIS HAS CONCEPTUALLY RECONSTRUCTED THIS HOUSE SEVERAL TIMES SINCE 2013 AND, ON THIS OCCASION, ATHENEA SHARES THE PLAYGROUND.

 

PERFORMANCE CURATED BY ANDRÉS VALTIERRA

 

 A HOUSE IS A HOUSE, AND ANOTHER HOUSE IS A DIFFERENT THING A PERFORMANCE BY ATHENEA PAPACOSTAS CURATED BY: ANDRÉS VALTIERRA

 

IN THIS PERFORMANCE, ATHENEA PAPACOSTAS (MEXICO CITY, 1989) WILL EXPLORE HOW AFFECTS MODIFY OUR MEMORIES OF THE PAST AND, ABOVE ALL, OF THE SPACES WE HAVE INHABITED. SHE WILL VERBALLY AND MATERIALLY EVOKE THE HOUSES SHE HAS LIVED IN THROUGHOUT HER LIFE, WITHOUT USING A PREVIOUS VISUAL RECORD AND WORKING ENTIRELY FROM HER MEMORIES. IN PARALLEL, SHE WILL INVITE THE SPECTATORS TO COHABIT THESE EVOCATIONS BY ADDING THEIR OWN SPACES AND MEMORIES TO THE ACTION.

 

THIS PIECE IS INSCRIBED IN THE CONTEXT OF 15m²,

A PROJECT BY PANAYIOTIS MICHAEL.

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