IDENTITY IN BETWEEN
The term ‘identity’ is evidently used today in order to describe the characteristics, choices and activities which allow us to discern ourselves, sometimes by joining and other times by separating ourselves from others. Now more than ever, we are living in an era composed of identities, admitting that there is not a single self and that identity does not concern something singular, impervious and stable, but rather a notion with multiple meanings, polyphonic and flowing, opening a broad field of conversation, reevaluation and new narration.
Attempting to delve into the multiple terms (social, cultural, psychological) on the basis of which identities are formed, the project IDENTITY IN BETWEEN is organized by RUNONART NPO, and directed by Efi Spyrou, inviting five female artists to create new performance projects and to share their artistic expression and ideas on the notion of the multiple prisms of one’s being.
In these projects, Tzeni Argyriou is concerned with the relation between technology and human existence in the digital world,
Μarianna Kavallieratos steps into other peoples’ shoes during multiple everyday routes,
Virginia Mastrogiannaki in "Brunette" touches on the issue of different images per age and attempts a return to youthfulness,
Maria Sideri in "Rhizhotomikon" delves into the boundaries between wholesomeness and toxicity, as seen in the relationship between man and nature
And Eliza Soroga takes on multiple professional identities during work interviews.
The performances took place and were filmed by the RUNONART group at the Former Airport at Elliniko during October 2020 between the two mandatory lockdowns in Athens, Greece.
EFI SPYROUDirectorVISUAL ARTIST
Project Type:Documentary, Short
Runtime:34 minutes 26 seconds
Completion Date:April 25, 2021
Production Budget:20,000 EUR
Country of Origin:Greece
Country of Filming:Greece
Language:Modern Greek (1453-)
MOMus-Museum of Contemporary ArtTHESSALONIKI
June 24, 2021
Local premiere in a special exhibition at MOMUS
AVIFF Art FestivalCannes
May 24, 2022
VAEFFNew York City
Efi’s work talks about the progressive movement from the particularity of personal narrative to the universality of collective memory. Employing the means of sculpture, drawing, video and photo-performance her artistic practice deals with a concurrently sensitive and caustic sociopolitical commentary. Concepts of presence and absence, visibility and invisibility, mobility and stasis are brought together under a single artistic research that re-addresses the threshold between the private and the public sphere, cultural representation and the contemporary anxieties of our society.
Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Εurope including Efi’s recent solo shows "Metamorphoses", Greek Pavilion EXPO 2020, “MY FINEST FABULOUS AND AMAZING MATH BOOK” at LFA, University of Greenwich and “BLACK GOLD FLAKES” at Leventis Gallery, Cyprus.
Efi is the recipient of new artists award for the “175th Anniversary of National Bank of Greece” 2017.
She has a long experience in Fashion Industry and media. She was goodwill ambassador in campaigns of public interest in Europe and US, including the recent European Charter of Fundamental Rights campaign.
Among her collaborations is POP magazine/London and designer Antonio Marras/Kenzo, in a sculptural story based on her project “Swings”, NOMAS magazine (Issue Paris) in a feature story dedicated to Arthur Rimbaud and Wallpaper*magazine London.
She is the initiator of RUNONART, artist non-profit initiative based in Athens, Greece for the promotion of local art communities through innovative mediums.
Attempting to touch on the complex relations between one’s self with the ‘Other’ in regards to matters of intercultural dialogue and identity, institutionalization, power and discipline, trauma and gender, fashion and art politics…I am inviting the spectator in an intellectual and emotional state of implicit participation…