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. 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 lonely apparitions within disparate contexts giving meaning to the urban landscape, and in the second phase, when gathered together, the posters interact with each other, 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 the artists’ ability to crystalise questions regarding identity either through lived experiences or through the complex process of imaginary or fantastical associations.
A gathering is unavoidably political. Yet the posters manage to be simultaneously topical and relevant as well as timeless and universal.