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works on paper
photograph by Eva Kourou
Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes place in Athens, in a period now lost in time and myth. There, stories of disobedience, manipulation and romance take place. But the play is also a story about deception and the loss of the self, that is the inability to identify others and to become identified as a subject. In the Greek language the phrase “midsummer night’s dream” has the status of a common saying referring to another loss, that of realistic perspective. Informed by a sense of irony or even melancholy, it deals with annulled dreams or aspirations.
The work “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” appropriates the first scene of Shakespeare’s play in order to reconstruct an internal monologue, dealing with this sense of loss. Following a circular pattern the phrases remain unresolved, oscillating between dissidence and disappointment.
The work was presented in the “Summer in the Middle of the Winter” exhibition in Kunsthalle Athena. The show, as its dipole title implies, engaged with a pervasive mood, the feeling of uncertainty. An uncertainty “concurrent with the current socio-political shift, nevertheless not immune to interpretation”.
Midsummer night's dream
before the time