Through my artwork I examine the relationship between art and society. With the term society I focus mainly on the everyday life, namely, on people who are not artists or are not involved in art matters. Public space plays a core role in my work for it is the space where art can meet everyday life and vice-versa and address directly questions, issues and thoughts. I understand public art as a means that may lead to social and political change.
The relationship of art and society implies a performative friction between the two, which can be associated to the one found among actor and audience, director and performer or choreographer and dancer. I explore this relationship by means of performance under two main concepts that I occupy myself with, that of ‘social borders’ and ‘theatricality in everyday life’. In the midst of the World’s economic and financial crisis mobility is an intense feature of our era. This fact raises issues of immigration, of individual and national identity, of geopolitical and social borders. Social borders are the particular social codes of behaviour that underlie everyday interaction and are codes that are suggested by a pre-arranged reality in which people are born. A social border is understood as the threshold between two different situations, perceptions or existential levels. Conceptually, I dilate this threshold in order to create a new third space, a hybrid space that can contain characteristics from both sides and where both sides can co-exist temporarily. In doing so, I devised my own methodology, Irregular Temporary Interactions (I.T.I), which aims at intervening everyday life and attempts influencing society. Principles of the method are its own designations: Irregularity, Temporality and Interactivity.
My projects balance between visual and performing arts. I create mainly solo or participatory performances where artists and non-artists are invited to work together. Elements from performance art, choreography, dance and theater, are blended and give a multidisciplinary result. Field researches with an anthropological approach are essential for deciding the final interventions. Video work and photography compliment my artistic practice, while the documentation of my performances is important so as to display my work in private spaces.
Art beneath its protected context of the exhibition space is understood simultaneously vulnerable and powerful. How can art take part in societal processes? Is it adequate art to comment on socio-political issues or should it have a more active role in shaping conditions, a case we find in activism. The concepts of authorship, democratic processes, communication and language preoccupy my work. By researching the relationship among art and society, I attempt to approach the relationship between the particular and the general, the local and the global, how details of everyday life can reveal an insight into the broader system and into the system of the arts.