The video essay “Several Jagged Lines through Space,” compiles source material, artworks, and research that responds to my ongoing research question: is Exarcheia an island? I take a psychogeographic and participant-observer approach to the Athenian neighborhood, and my research takes the form of interviews, archival research of media images to re-narrate minor histories, and on-site recordings in video, sound, and analog photography.
The artworks are speculative landscapes, natural histories, and not-the-news. They seek to perform an ontology of “crisis,” by asking what is in crisis and for whom. The artworks also investigate spaces and modes of confrontation between constituent (and destituent) power and State power, and particularly how this is expressed spatially. This video essay is an intentionally fragmentary and episodic behind-the-scenes look at how my most recent work is made, as well as a meditation on the present of being a political subject while dwelling.
– Eirene Efstathiou
Eirene Efstathiou, Several Jagged Lines through Space (2020, color, sound, 12 min). Produced for p o s t documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies
Eirene Efstathiou is a visual artist working in a variety of different media, from painting and printmaking to performance, to small scale installations. Her practice investigates collective and archival memory, sentiment, affect, and how these function in the public sphere. Efstathiou has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the United States.